America’s Healthcare Challenge 8

This week’s episode of America’s Healthcare Challenge reviews some of the major themes in health policy covered so far, the pick of Rep. Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney to be the Republican Vice-Presidental nominee, and some lessons we can draw from the Massachusetts connector which of course was passed while Romney was Governor. Once again,…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 7

Healthcare costs are the largest driver to our national debt, and as you can see above, workers have not enjoyed traditional wage increases due to the rapid rate of healthcare growth in this country.  The issue of the cost is a large problem businesses will have to deal with, especially with experts predicting insurance premiums…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 6

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out with an updated cost estimate for the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.  They found a net reduction of $84 billion over the next ten years.  This is largely because of new taxes levied against health care providers, employers above 50 FTE’s who do not provide coverage,…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 5

America’s Healthcare Challenge Part Five deals with a different kind of exchange.  We look at the issue of health information, and how electronic records are making the healthcare system more efficient.  Our special guest was Deb Bass, Executive Director of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), who discussed the issue of a health information exchange…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 4

This week’s episode featured two powerhouse guests. First, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Former Senior White House Health Policy Adviser and Current Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his reaction to the Supreme Court Ruling, particularly the Medicaid Expansion.  His commentary also includes thoughts on how to…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 3

The third installment of America’s Healthcare Challenge discusses the issue of increased coverage.  While  cost concerns still remain prevalent to many, it is also beneficial to explore the issue of covering the millions of uninsured Americans.  What did the Affordable Care Act do to address access to health care?  It is expected to cover up…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 2

Episode two of America’s Healthcare Challenge has reaction to the decision of the century from the Senior United States Senator from Iowa, Charles Grassley.  On Thursday, June 28th, the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate constitutional as enforced through the tax code.  A political firestorm has ensued.  What does that mean to you and your…

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America’s Healthcare Challenge 15

The mission of America’s Healthcare Challenge has been to be a non-partisan fact finder and truth teller on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and other items related to healthcare.  As an issue impacting all of us, regardless of our politics, it needs to be taken seriously.  Healthcare spending is the number one driver of…

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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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America’s Healthcare Challenge 10

Our latest episode took different direction by looking at how the Affordable Care Act and rising health care costs are impacting providers of healthcare.  Our special guest of the week was Glen Fosdick, the President of the Nebraska Medical Center, which is a large teaching hospital located in Omaha, Nebraska.  Alongside my co-host Dr. Harris…

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