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Now, it’s the “Undeserving Sick” who don’t deserve health care
It’s been a long-held truism among conservatives that many
of those who live in poverty in the United States are undeserving of help,
because, well, it’s their own fault.  If
they lived more virtuous lifestyles, studied and worked harder, and of course
got ...

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How to make a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad bill even worse
It’s BACK—the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad bill to
repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Last month, I
blogged about how the bill, called the American Health Care Act, was the
worst legislation for health care of any that I have seen i...

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In 38 years advocating for doctors, patients I've never seen a bill that will do more harm to health
I tweeted this on Monday morning about the House GOP bill to “repeal and replace” the
Affordable Care Act, I had no idea that it would result in me appearing on
MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell  or that it and my other tweets would be referenc...

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Mr. President: are foreign-born doctors and sick children “bad people”?
President Trump argues through his Twitter posts that his
administration’s travel ban on immigrants and refugees from 7 majority-Muslim
countries, currently on hold because of court rulings against it, is about
keeping “bad people” out of the country. 

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Turning the clock back on health care
A new year is usually a time to look forward to better
things. For health care though, 2017 is looking more and more like
it will be a year of turning back. 
Assuming, that is, that the GOP-controlled Congress and incoming Trump
administration are able to e...

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There must be 50 ways to lose your health insurance (if Obamacare is repealed)
The Republican congressional leadership appears to be determined
to move forward with a high-risk “repeal, delay and replace” plan, very early
in the new 115 th Congress to repeal (at least on paper) the
Affordable Care Act’s key coverage provisions—Medicai...

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Preparing ACP for the post-election political environment
It’s often said that elections have consequences, and this is
especially true of the 2016 election. The election of Donald S. Trump, combined
with continued GOP control of Congress, will rock the health care world,
starting with the GOP pledge to begin to r...

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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 2016 Edition
Many regard Hunter S. Thompson’s book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail , which covered the 1972
Nixon versus McGovern campaign, as the best account yet of a modern U.S.
presidential campaign.  Hunter’s
reporting was based on his own conversations, o...

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My answer to direct primary care evangelists
One thing I’ve 
learned is that physicians who have gone into direct primary care (DPC)
practices are passionate about their decision: they not only believe that DPC
is better for their patients and their own professional and career
satisfaction; many  asse...

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Patient-centered care? Not for this patient . . . and not for how many more?
I didn’t know Jess Taylor, a young woman who tragically died on Monday after suffering for years from two rare diseases, I have learned much
about her from her blogs    detailing
her encounters with the healthcare system. I have learned that she su...
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