Last winter Tammy Fogall, a reader in Colorado, told me about her family's "troubled summer vacation," as she called it. A visit to relatives in Ohio had turned into a medical nightmare that left the family struggling with a $12,000 bill plus a ringside seat to observe what happens when doctors and hospitals make mistakes.
With a presidential election year fast approaching, we're in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there's a good chance you'll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down. There's a reason for this. Even our political leaders, the people who are most familiar with the system's workings, have a hard time describing it. In fact, they even have a hard time labeling it. Wednesday, September 23, 2015
During debates over expanding Medicaid to uninsured, low-income families, expansion opponents argued it doesn't provide quality healthcare coverage, and low-income residents would be better off uninsured. Reports of organizations such as the Buckeye Institute from Ohio, which has expanded its Medicaid program make such claims. They have been repeated across the nation by anti-Affordable Care Act and anti-Medicaid expansion politicians and groups. Wednesday, September 23, 2015