Category: politics

Your hospital is closing, why?

Aug 06, 2014 - economy, healthcare, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
hospital

hospital

In may of 2009 I wrote a brief article entitled, The Coming Hospital Crisis which can be found here. In that article I wrote about how, in the coming months, hospitals would face significant challenges due to cut’s in Medicare reimbursements and related DRG’s. That article was a foreshadow of the crisis hospitals are now going through across this country.… Read the rest

food stamps

Flashback welfare reform: part 3

Apr 25, 2014 - economy, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
food stamps

food stamps

This is part three of a three part article on welfare reform which occurred in 1996 and will cover some statistics on welfare and if welfare reform worked when AFDC became TANF. Part one can be found here and provides a general overview of policy, how welfare originally worked, the changes made in welfare when it became AFDC and what was not addressed by the change from AFDC to TANF.… Read the rest

Money

Flashback welfare reform: part 2

Mar 12, 2014 - economy, family, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
Money

Money

This is part two of a three part series on welfare reform and will review the politics involved with 1996 reform of welfare when AFDC became TANF. Part one of the article can be found here and provides a general overview of policy, how welfare originally worked, the changes made in welfare when it became AFDC and what was not addressed by the change from AFDC to TANF. … Read the rest

The Poor in New York 1889

Flashback welfare reform: part 1

Jan 31, 2014 - economy, politics - 0 Comments - Standard

This is a three-part article on welfare reform which occurred in 1996, when AFDC became TANF. This part one of the article, Flashback welfare reform provides a general overview of policy, how welfare originally worked, the changes made in welfare when it became AFDC and what was not addressed by the change from AFDC to TANF. Part two in this series can be found here and will review the politics involved with 1996 reform of welfare and part three found here will cover some statistics on welfare and if welfare reform worked.… Read the rest

National gas tax map

Taxed, taxed to much

Oct 21, 2013 - economy, family, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
National gas tax map

National gas tax map

Taxes, taxes and more taxes. Ask yourself how many taxes do you think you pay? Can you name them all? Of course some people will say that other countries pay more taxes and live better as a result but are they counting just our payroll taxes when they propose that hypothesis? What if I told you I have counted at least sixty taxes each one of us pays regularly, what would you say?… Read the rest

CBO inhereted federal debt

Another view of tax policy

Dec 19, 2012 - economy, family, politics - 6 Comments - Standard
CBO inhereted federal debt

CBO inhereted federal debt

American tax policy is at a standstill, government budgetary policy has ground to a halt, our ability to control our deficit is inept and our ability to compromise on a reduction in spending is defunct. Right now our government cannot manage our country, but what could the end result be? What could we learn if we step back and look at how another country managed their tax, budget and debt issues?… Read the rest

Corn

ADM and corporate corn syrup welfare

Nov 04, 2012 - ethics, industry, politics - 2 Comments - Standard
Corn

Corn

Corn Syrup is found in most everything. It is high in calories, low in nutrition. It is found to be the main culprit in childhood obesity, in obesity in general and in nutrient poor diets. The corn itself is used not only in many food products, but also in ethanol and is also used in feed for livestock. It is a main staple in America and is a cash crop.… Read the rest

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

A policy for healthcare access

Mar 25, 2012 - economy, healthcare, politics, technology - 1 Comments - Standard

Below is a policy proposal I wrote and submitted to the United States Congressional Finance Committee:

PROMOTING HEALTHCARE RELATED INVESTMENT IN HIGH NEEDS AREAS

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM

Based on a comparison of discharges for avoidable hospital conditions (AHCs), we find that Paris provides greater access to primary care than Manhattan. Age-adjusted AHC rates are more than 2.5 times as high in Manhattan as in Paris (Gusmano, Rodwin, & Weisz, 2011).… Read the rest

Samaritan

The poor today, Samaritan revisited

May 15, 2011 - ethics, politics - 11 Comments - Standard
Samaritan

Samaritan

(Mat 25:37-Mat 25:40)  Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?… Read the rest

health has its price

Mental health in NY: Capitation at work

Apr 25, 2011 - economy, healthcare, politics - 4 Comments - Standard
health has its price

health has its price

On January 5, 2011 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order establishing the Medicaid Redesign Team. The Medicaid Redesign Team was given the task of providing guidance, advice and recommendations to the Governor on ways to save Medicaid dollars while improving medical outcomes. The board consisted of 25 members whose task was to submit a report by March 1, 2011 of its findings and its recommendations for consideration in the budget process for the 2011-12 New York State fiscal year.… Read the rest

Total budgetary spending

How a government budget is born

Apr 17, 2011 - economy, politics - 7 Comments - Standard
Total budgetary spending

Total budgetary spending

Each federal department prepares their own respective budget, about 10 months before the President is required by law to send the complete proposal to Congress. Then, after each federal agency has prepared their budget, each department sends its funding requests to the President’s Office of Management and Budget. The OMB department takes a look, reviews each federal agency’s budget, either approves each department’s request or sends it back with recommended changes.… Read the rest

Our Political Spectrum

The thorn that fell the lion: the PPACA’s downfall

Feb 27, 2011 - healthcare, politics - 8 Comments - Standard
Our Political Spectrum

Our Political Spectrum

How did the PPACA (healthcare reform) (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) with all its good intentions fall apart? How did the PPACA undermine the Democratic Majority in the House? What was the small but sharp thorn in the side of healthcare reform that took the PPACA down? Well, you know the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intention.” In the end, good intention is exactly what fell the lion.… Read the rest

Reductions in Medicare

Congressional Insanity: Cut Medicare by 21% but expand services?

Sep 22, 2010 - economy, healthcare, politics - 36 Comments - Standard

As of June 18, 2010 the Senate failed to postpone the 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE. The postponement amendment failed to pass. If the amendment to postpone the cut would have passed it would have been attached to H.R. 4213 which was a larger jobs bill. The jobs bill with a smaller SGR fix also failed to pass and was defeated in the Senate, 56-40.… Read the rest

7 years war

Brother scorned: Hate and Ethics between men

Aug 29, 2010 - ethics, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
7 years war

7 years war

We live in societies that shape the beliefs each one of us hold dear and although everyone’s beliefs are different in nature we in fact share many similarities to what others believe. This similarly of belief depends in large part due to our historically shared cultures. Of course, the spectrum of values within each culture is varied; right down to the individual but majorities in belief do occur and even between disparate societies themselves.… Read the rest

We can do it poster

The America that we know

Feb 19, 2010 - industry, politics, technology - 0 Comments - Standard

How many times have you heard that you must outsource to remain competitive? Crying We need to reduce labor costs… Surprised American’s can’t produce high quality industrial products? Well I thought a message about the opposite would influence the few -maybe save a few jobs, a few family incomes. We tend to have forgotten the long by gone days where the employee was treated well first, then the customer, then the shareholder- in that order…Well paid, tenured employees mean well fed and happy families who can then go to the store to buy products.… Read the rest

US debt clock

Our debt, our children, our world

Dec 02, 2009 - economy, healthcare, politics - 3 Comments - Standard

We have made it through another rough year folks, now the season turns cold with a little snow on the horizon. This Christmas we can be thankful for all we have, our families, our wives and husbands, our children, our health and freedom, however I think we can be a little Grinchy about the costs we have paid in cash, jobs and homes for the spending of a few well placed influential’s.… Read the rest

Rising number of uninsured

We spend money on healthcare but not health

Jun 23, 2009 - healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
Health insurance premiums

Health insurance premiums

As the percent of Americans GDP that is spend on healthcare grows, people that previously had health coverage become unable to afford it, thus dropping their healthcare insurance. The previous sentence would be stronger if it focused on the rising cost of health insurance, which is more directly tied to providing health insurance coverage than the % of GDP devoted to health care.… Read the rest

Out of Pocket in Ten Years

Why WE can’t afford healthcare

Jun 15, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard

During the 1940’s employee insurance became the standard model by which health care clients begin to pay their medical bills. Offering employee health insurance became a primary method of attracting employees in part because it was an inexpensive benefit. Another reason employer’s began offering medical coverage was because during World War II employers were barred from raising wages. Employers needed to attract good employees and offering health coverage was one of these methods.… Read the rest

Donuts

How politics made the hole in Medicare Part D

Jun 09, 2009 - healthcare, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
Donuts

Donuts

The roots of Medicare’s troubles go back farther than the early 1980’s when changes in payments, classifications of procedures, and integrative approaches on health care insurance side were proposed. Medicare recipients originally have had a fee for service arrangements with doctor’s, hospitals and critical home-infusion care facilities.

Medicare part D is a privatized prescription benefit plan enacted in 2006 whereby the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contracted out the new prescription drug plan on the basis of cost and coverage to an inordinate number of health insurers.… Read the rest