Obamacare is expensive both for the country and for families. It has however proven a windfall for the health insurers. So that’s good.
In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)
I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.
Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.
Will the FCC under “Net neutrality” kill an important and promising area of innovation in medicine, “mobile medicine”?
The FCC may not kill such innovation completely but it may slow it down, likely by a lot. This is a particular shame as the people who may benefit most from “mobile medicine” are the poor and otherwise isolated and marginalized.
And guess what? The likely winner (according to this article) writes a lot of checks to politicians in Washington DC.
The goal here is big data. Managing population health – not your health necessarily. And people are going to make big bucks (taxpayer bucks) in the process.
Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.
Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.
It was just reported that the first Ebola victim discovered in the US is being treated in Dallas Texas. It is imperative that information flow freely around this situation. Keep the response open sourced. Let people track developments closely. I am sure developers at this very moment are working on applications which will help people avoid the virus.
Why is no one in the mainstream media covering this? Could it be that pharma doesn’t want it covered? Possible.
I look at it this way. Put yourself in the shoes of whoever makes the call to announce to the public that Ebola is now a problem which people need to concern themselves with in the United States.
The individual is now an antiquated notion in medicine. Doctors are increasingly encouraged to manage the health of “populations.” The individual in an Obamacare world is less important. You are now part of a school of “fish.” If a few go belly up or are lost to sharks, well that’s the way it is.
The American Medical Association claims to represent doctors. But it is very much part of the crony coalition which put together the broad outlines of Obamacare in meetings inside the White House. In return for going along with the government, the association receives most of its funding from a medical coding monopoly granted and protected by the Department of Health and Human Services.
It was already pretty dim for anyone who understands how insurance works. I used to be an insurance underwriter (property and casualty, not health) and I’ve been wondering since the beginning how anyone thought Obamacare was going to work. The risk size versus the pool of insureds doesn’t make sense. If insurance companies can’t adjust for risk (which for the most part they can’t under Obamacare) what bizarro mathematics is going to save this ill-conceived juggernaut of bureaucratic bull?
Give the government an inch and it will take your whole medical history. The managers are dying to get their hands on your health information and they’ve almost got it, without a warrant, without worrying about HIPPA, so long as there is a government declared “health emergency” which could be a flu outbreak.
This guy gets it. Plant a garden this spring, even a tiny one. It really is a revolutionary act.
Just a year ago some people scoffed at this map based on a study done by The Society of Actuaries. Now it looks like even these numbers aren’t even close to what people will actually see in terms of premium increases.
As we have said many times the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry are partners. This superb video examines this partnership, crony capitalism in general, and why it is that self interested trade typically benefits society as a whole.