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June 2, 1993 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
Within a few weeks, President Clinton will unveil his proposal for reform of America's health-care system. Millions of words already have been spoken and written on behalf of one plan or another. And as the national debate focuses on the best approach, only brief public mention is given to why such reform is needed. The reasons for health-care reform are so obvious to analysts from Jackson Hole to Foggy Bottom that they tick them off in sound bites. But, to the consternation of these policy wonks, the public is only now paying attention to the "whys.
NEWS
October 22, 2009 | By KEN WEINSTEIN
AS THE OWNER of a small business, it's clear to me that the debate over health-care reform has reached a critical moment. Over the summer, a shrill minority monopolized the public stage by playing on people's fears in their attempt to derail much needed change. It's time to take back the debate. The owners of small businesses must sift through the flurry of falsehoods and misstatements to discern the truth. We are sinking under the weight of health-care costs and the cost of not insuring all our employees.
NEWS
March 30, 2010
YOUR editorial "Corbett's Move Could Make Some Sick" makes a mockery of real issues pertaining to federal health-care legislation. You imply that Attorney General Tom Corbett is pandering to the "conservative base of his party. " Yet every single Republican, and many Democrats, voted against the bill, and according to the latest Rasmussen poll, 58 percent of Pennsylvanians opposed the bill. If anything, Corbett is pandering to the center of public opinion. You expressed no similar outrage when President Obama and Gov. Rendell used taxpayer funds on their public-relations blitz touting health-care reform.
NEWS
April 21, 1994 | BY MATTHEW H. TAYLOR
Spiraling health costs, millions uninsured and uncertainty of keeping one's health insurance continue to dominate the news and (President) Clinton's view of the health-care system. The administration's proposal merely replaces one bloated bureaucratic mess (the insurance industry) with another over-grown, insensitive system (government managed insurance). Consumers, under either system, cannot exercise much control in determining what services they receive and at what cost. Reform which empowers consumers and weakens the health-care monopolies will stem the increasing costs and improve quality.
NEWS
July 13, 1986
The Health Care Cost Containment Act signed last week by Gov. Thornburgh is a worthy first step, but certainly no panacea, in bringing health-care delivery costs under control in Pennsylvania and defining more precisely who is in need of state assistance. Resulting from more than a year of work by business, labor, legislators, the Thornburgh administration, the health-insurance industry and health-care providers, the act creates a Health Care Cost Containment Council. Its 21 members will include the state secretaries of health and public welfare and the state insurance commissioner.
NEWS
October 14, 1991 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
A woman in western Pennsylvania tells her political commentator husband that if there's a single issue that will win her vote, it's health care. A man in central Pennsylvania writes his local newspaper, saying national health insurance is "the same old song" and wonders who pays, "the tooth fairy?" So it goes. National health insurance has become a hot issue in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Harris Wofford and challenger Dick Thornburgh. Some call it a "pushbutton" issue.
NEWS
March 2, 1992 | BY JOHN P. COLMENARES
Medicine is "the science and art dealing with the management and cure of disease. " Disease, not health, is the focus of modern medicine. Our current medical system is a system organized against disease, not for health. In the United States we have an extremely sophisticated, well-structured medical care system - but no coherent, well-defined policy directed toward the health and welfare population. We share this dubious distinction with one other industrialized nation - South Africa.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1990 | By Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
A tug-of-war over who is going to pay the ever-increasing bill for employee health-care benefits is expected to be the workplace issue of the '90s. Employers claim they can no longer afford to bear the burden alone, while a recent study by Metropolitan Life Insurance reported that more than half the country's labor leaders consider preserving health benefits more important than pay scales in coming negotiations. And most major industrial disputes last year turned, at least partly, on health care costs.
NEWS
May 18, 1988 | By T.J. McCarthy, Special to The Inquirer
S.A.M. Crawford, director of Kennedy Memorial Hospitals' new Gerontology Center in Stratford, found it easy to explain why the atmosphere at Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony lived up to the advance billing. The hospital had touted the opening of the center as "a community event for all to celebrate. " "A lot of the people you see here are health-care and community workers who work with the elderly," Crawford said. "What this means to them is that the system is reaching out to them and saying, 'You've worked with the elderly and so have we: Now, let's do it together.
NEWS
September 18, 2009
"IT WAS a Wednesday evening, Sept. 2 in the City of Brotherly Love, where a candlelight vigil and health-care reform rally took place to honor the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's lifelong work in health-care needs and so much more. The event was at Love Park, where I told the crowd . . . " In memory of the great Sen. Teddy Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate who fought hard for the working man, union man and common man! We remember when he said the torch of the future was passed to Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.
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May 17, 2016
By David Woods One hears these days mutterings by disaffected Americans that if Donald Trump becomes president, they will pack their bags and leave for Canada. One assumes, of course, that no wall will be built along the border to thwart their exit. I made the reverse trip. Having emigrated from Britain to Canada, where I became the editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, I opted to come to the United States in 1988 for personal reasons. But I was also taken with American rugged individualism and a health-care system focused on market forces and competition.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
When Gina McCarthy started her professional life, she was a public health worker in community health centers. She still considers herself a public health worker, although her job today - administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - is vastly different. What that early community work showed, McCarthy recently told a group of digital health professionals meeting in Philadelphia, was the strong connection between environmental health and public health. "I was seeing people come in day in and day out with asthma, or the elderly who couldn't breathe," she said.
NEWS
May 10, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
What lies behind Donald Trump's nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled, and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the "establishment. " This is the narrative: GOP political leaders made promises of all kinds and received in return, during President Obama's years, major electoral victories that gave them the House, the Senate, 12 new governorships, and 30 state houses. Yet they didn't deliver.
NEWS
May 10, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
NEW YORK - David Shulkin, the physician tasked with overhauling the biggest health system in the country, is listening to the heart of an infantryman. Stomach pains and vomiting brought Pierre Auguste, 24, into the veterans walk-in clinic at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in Lower Manhattan. Once a month, Shulkin escapes his Washington office and sees patients here, to learn more about the system from the front lines. As the undersecretary of health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Shulkin is responsible for the health care of nearly 8.8 million vets.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
By Marie Conley Sometimes we take Philadelphia for granted. We lead busy lives and don't often stop and reflect on the amazing things that routinely happen here. When you grow up in lower Bucks, as I did, it is easy to fall in love with the pulse of the city, its neighborhoods, American history, and, of course, the fantastic food. But I'm talking about life-changing stuff. I'm talking about men and women working at acclaimed research centers who are pioneering technological and medical breakthroughs on a regular basis.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Key Philadelphia suburbs are poised this year to have their best job growth in many years, after lagging since the 2008-09 recession. Gains in construction, health care, and professional services are expected to push Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties to 2 percent job growth this year - a level not seen since 2000, Moody's Analytics said. "Anecdotally, you can look around and see more activity in pharmaceutical investment and more health-related, pharmaceutical-related start-up activity," said Adam Ozimek, an economist with Moody's Analytics in West Chester.
NEWS
April 28, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Lab testing tips An estimated 70 percent of health-care decisions depend on medical laboratory testing, which makes this week, National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an appropriate time to share some tips on how to be an informed patient when getting a lab test: Adhere to dietary or fasting instructions before the test to ensure accurate results. Ask whether the tests will be run in an accredited laboratory. Federal regulators monitor the accuracy and reliability of medical laboratory testing.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Phil Galewitz, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
In states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults were more likely to see a doctor, stay overnight in a hospital, and receive their first diagnoses of diabetes and high cholesterol, according to a study published Monday. Yet researchers found no improvement in adults' own assessments of their health, a conclusion echoed by similar studies, the authors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Two factors might explain the lack of perceived improvement.
NEWS
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Single-payer systems work A determination as to whether a health-care system is working must be based on three factors: access, cost, and outcomes. A commentary about single-payer health care barely touches on two of these factors while not mentioning outcomes ("Single-payer health care unworkable, too costly," March 8). U.S. health-care spending is the highest in the world, yet we rank 37th in the world in quality of care and have the lowest life expectancy among major industrialized countries: 78.8 years in 2013, compared with a median of 81.2 years among those countries.
NEWS
March 13, 2016
Q How do I use the hospital ratings information I keep seeing online? A:Before I choose a car, appliance, or even a restaurant, I check out ratings and reviews. Your purchase of health care should get the same attention - or more. At least 10 different websites list quality and safety ratings for Pennsylvania hospitals. You can and should use this information in your search for a hospital. Hospital Compare, Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, and the Joint Commission Top Performers are among the most trustworthy places to look.
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