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California’s Public Retiree Health Care Liabilities

Although we have no time for Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Health Deforminator Model ABX1 1, we’re sure glad he struck a commission to get a handle on the state’s public sector retiree health benefits. You know all that talk about how retiree health benefits are sinking the Big 3 Detroit automakers, …

Commentary

2008: Next Steps for Health Savings Accounts

HSAs are still young, but they are part of a burgeoning reform movement called consumer-driven health care (CDHC), which is proving to lower costs and encourage responsible behavior among Americans seeking to save more money for health care. Our previous briefing on consumer choice insurance anticipated that 2008 would be …

Commentary

Buying drugs online can present risks

Millions of Americans will look to weight-loss drugs to help them keep their New Year’s resolution to slim down. And if they can’t get a prescription from a doctor, many will go online to purchase the pills from foreign distributors. But beware: Most of these Web sites are glossed-up fakes …

Government Spending

Emergency Room “Crisis”: An Onion With Many Layers

The California Hospital Association has come on board Governor Schwarzenegger’s and Speaker Nuñez’ Health Reform Deforminator Model ABX1 1 – provided much of the cash thrown off the whirlygig of taxing and spending lands in its members’ coffers. Those in favor of more government spending on health care have succeeded …

California

Reality Check in Aisle 3: Safeway Has No Place In California’s Health Reform Debate

Perhaps the most hypocritical element of California Health Deforminator Model ABX1 1, the deal forged between Gov. Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Nuñez, is the omnipresence of Safeway CEO Steve Burd at the governor’s side whenever he talks up the so-called “reform”. Mr. Burd has become the governor’s number one corporate …

California

Healthy San Francisco Access Plan: Mostly Illegal, Popularity Dwindling

At the end of last year, a federal judge ruled that the San Francisco Health Access Plan’s “pay or play” mandate (that employers provide health benefits or pay a tax of $1.17 to $1.76 per hour per worker) violated ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and tossed it out. …

Commentary

Like Romney Before Him, Schwarzenegger Has Been Hoodwinked

Much as I hate to admit it, those of us who believe that patients should control the dollars spent on their health care do not hold the high ground in California. Actually, I think only the Endangered Species Act keeps us alive! The real “struggle” is between those who want …

Commentary

CDHC Drives State-Level Policy Changes

In an effort to help consumers comparison-shop, several states are now pushing hospitals to disclose their price lists for various procedures–a move that is being prompted by the growth of consumer-driven health care. Three states–Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Oregon–have taken the lead. New Hampshire discloses the median amount that specific …

Health Care

Amicus Brief Against ObamaCare

May 12, 2011 — Docs 4 Patient Care, the Benjamin Rush Society, and the Pacific Research Institute issued the following statements after filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit supporting the district court’s decision that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Hal Sherz, MD, FACS, FAAP, …

California

California’s Public Retiree Health Care Liabilities

Although we have no time for Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Health Deforminator Model ABX1 1, we’re sure glad he struck a commission to get a handle on the state’s public sector retiree health benefits. You know all that talk about how retiree health benefits are sinking the Big 3 Detroit automakers, …

Commentary

2008: Next Steps for Health Savings Accounts

HSAs are still young, but they are part of a burgeoning reform movement called consumer-driven health care (CDHC), which is proving to lower costs and encourage responsible behavior among Americans seeking to save more money for health care. Our previous briefing on consumer choice insurance anticipated that 2008 would be …

Commentary

Buying drugs online can present risks

Millions of Americans will look to weight-loss drugs to help them keep their New Year’s resolution to slim down. And if they can’t get a prescription from a doctor, many will go online to purchase the pills from foreign distributors. But beware: Most of these Web sites are glossed-up fakes …

Government Spending

Emergency Room “Crisis”: An Onion With Many Layers

The California Hospital Association has come on board Governor Schwarzenegger’s and Speaker Nuñez’ Health Reform Deforminator Model ABX1 1 – provided much of the cash thrown off the whirlygig of taxing and spending lands in its members’ coffers. Those in favor of more government spending on health care have succeeded …

California

Reality Check in Aisle 3: Safeway Has No Place In California’s Health Reform Debate

Perhaps the most hypocritical element of California Health Deforminator Model ABX1 1, the deal forged between Gov. Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Nuñez, is the omnipresence of Safeway CEO Steve Burd at the governor’s side whenever he talks up the so-called “reform”. Mr. Burd has become the governor’s number one corporate …

California

Healthy San Francisco Access Plan: Mostly Illegal, Popularity Dwindling

At the end of last year, a federal judge ruled that the San Francisco Health Access Plan’s “pay or play” mandate (that employers provide health benefits or pay a tax of $1.17 to $1.76 per hour per worker) violated ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act) and tossed it out. …

Commentary

Like Romney Before Him, Schwarzenegger Has Been Hoodwinked

Much as I hate to admit it, those of us who believe that patients should control the dollars spent on their health care do not hold the high ground in California. Actually, I think only the Endangered Species Act keeps us alive! The real “struggle” is between those who want …

Commentary

CDHC Drives State-Level Policy Changes

In an effort to help consumers comparison-shop, several states are now pushing hospitals to disclose their price lists for various procedures–a move that is being prompted by the growth of consumer-driven health care. Three states–Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Oregon–have taken the lead. New Hampshire discloses the median amount that specific …

Health Care

Amicus Brief Against ObamaCare

May 12, 2011 — Docs 4 Patient Care, the Benjamin Rush Society, and the Pacific Research Institute issued the following statements after filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit supporting the district court’s decision that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Hal Sherz, MD, FACS, FAAP, …

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