Big Bird… You Serious Clark?

So let’s get things straight.  We are a nation facing serious financial problems driven extensively by health care costs, as well as a looming fiscal cliff, automatic spending cuts and increased taxes. Entitlement spending for programs like Medicare threaten future generations pursuit of happiness and will consume our entire federal budget by the 2040’s if…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 14

According to virtually every political pundit, last week’s presidential debate performance by Governor Mitt Romney changed the dynamic of the campaign.  The challenger scored a consensus victory over President Obama in their first of their three contests.  Romney has closed the gap in national polling by pulling closer to the incumbent, however, the only thing…

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1,000 Words

This image was caught about halfway during the debate as both were discussing the issue of healthcare.  The Challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was engaging President Obama on Section 3403 of the Affordable Care Act, which creates the Independent Payment Advisory Board.  The problem with this picture, and both of their policies is they…

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Friday Recap

Between a presidential debate full of disinformation, and now a monthly jobs number facing conspiracy charges, it is hard to know who to believe anymore in American politics.  Nobody suffers more from a lack of information than the consumers of healthcare in this country.  Healthcare costs are squeezing the bottom lines of businesses making it…

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Romney Wins by T.K.O.

Round 1 of the debate is finished. By Michael Greaney.http://www.visualnews.com/2012/10/03/6-funny-artistic-creations-of-obama-and-romney/ Last night’s presidential debate illustrated once again why America is still, and will always be, the greatest nation of all time.  Despite the garbage readily available via television which often serves as a distraction from the real issues, the electorate had the opportunity to come…

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Previewing the Presidential Debate

For a policy wonk like me, tonight’s presidential debate is the Super Bowl, and my team is playing because a whole segment is on health policy.  Finally, an opportunity to see both candidates unfiltered.  Expect tough questions for both candidates on this issue, and I would like to see the obvious contrasts laid out to…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge Part 13

The audience got a dose of “unfiltered” Sean McGuire on this week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge featuring information on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).  A law passed in 1986, which in many ways the catalyst of the spiraling healthcare costs in America.  This legislation allows any individual the opportunity to…

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Weekly Tidbits

Somedays I feel like Johnny Cash, “I’ve been everywhere,” because lately I have had the opportunity to travel all over the Midwest presenting to groups of all sizes on how the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will effect them.   As a member of the Mid-America Speakers bureau, my audiences are communities in rural America,…

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A Direct Impact of the ACA on the Economy

Medical device maker, Covidien Plc saw their stock rally recently in reaction to their announced plans to close a South Carolina plant.  By laying off 595 employees, and taking their plant to Costa Rica, they are looking to become more efficient.  Their rationale is the cost of doing business in the United States is going…

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