April 25, 2011
What Dr. Sandeep Rao did not mention in his op-ed ( "Risk of radiation," April 25) is that American doctors order twice the radiation-intense imaging of the next industrialized nation per capita and that imaging causes 2 percent of all cancer. If we had tort limits like public health services, halving imaging would immediately prevent 1 percent of all cancer. Don't expect insurers to be thrilled about paying for a more expensive, radiation-free MRI in place of every CT. Adequate reimbursement of primary care would give physicians time to explain the risks and benefits of imaging to their patients.
January 26, 2011
Members of Maryland's congressional delegation endorsed the president's call Tuesday night to work across party lines to improve education, facilitate innovation and reduce the deficit. "Now is the time for both sides and both houses of Congress — Democrats and Republicans — to forge a principled compromise that gets the job done. If we make the hard choices now to rein in our deficits, we can make the investments we need to win the future," Obama said in his State of the Union address before the 112th Congress, with House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden behind him. "He challenged all of us to come together as Americans," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, mentioning how the president opened his speech talking about the need for a bipartisan effort following the shootings in Tucson, which kept Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from attending the speech.
February 26, 2010
A pattern emerged during yesterday's health care summit between President Barack Obama and members of both parties in Congress. Republicans argued that Democrats have gone badly astray in their efforts to reform the system and should be focusing instead on other things - tort reform, allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, providing incentives for better primary care, and so on. Then the Democrats responded by saying they agree and...
February 15, 2010
In response to Michael DeCicco's letter "Health bill stagnation is not Republicans' fault" (Readers respond Feb. 13), I beg to differ. If the Democrats could get an up or down vote on the bill in the Senate, the Nebraska and Louisiana deals would not have been made. From the start, the Republican strategy has been to kill any reform any way possible. Remember Sen. Jim DeMint's comment that health care would be President Obama's Waterloo? Or Sen. Judd Gregg's memo to his Republican colleagues on how to stop reform?
February 11, 2010
America is in need of health care reform. On that fact, virtually all Americans agree. Yet I take issue with the letter "Who do Republicans think they're helping?" (Readers respond, Feb. 11) and the insinuation that Republicans are distorting the facts and against reform in general. Here are the facts: Republicans and Democrats have been calling for reform of the health care system for years. The health care system has gone through many reforms dating back to the 1990s, and reforms continue to this day. The Republican Party has offered a new reform package, and posted it online, which is a far cry from the backroom deals and shady shenanigans the Democrats have used throughout this process.
December 22, 2009
This week the Baltimore Business Journal published a list entitled "Highest Paying Occupations in Maryland," ranking Maryland employees by average annual salary in 2008 based upon data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Interestingly, nine of the top 10 positions are held by health care providers: (1) anesthesiologist; (2) obstetrician; (3) orthodontist; (4) oral and maxillofacial surgeon; (5) internist, general; (7) family and general practitioner; (8) dentist, general; (9)