Whatever Supreme Court decides, healthcare must be revisited

More than two years ago, Democrats in Congress passed the president’s healthcare law on a partisan basis. Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on the constitutionality of the healthcare law. It is my hope that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of patients over big government by striking down the law.


Revise blood donor ban to match modern science

The first U.S. AIDS patient was officially diagnosed on April 24, 1980, and seemingly overnight America was gripped by an epidemic that has since taken the lives of more than a half million people, torn apart thousands of families, and instigated numerous measures to stem the rate of transmission. During the height of the epidemic in 1985, the government enacted a blanket policy which bans any man who has had sex with another man (or “MSM”) even once since 1977 from ever donating blood.


ACOs are here to stay - Whatever the Court decides

The future of healthcare in America may be wrapped up in these three letters: A-C-O, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

This model to provide high-quality, cost-effective care received momentum from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it will continue regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision this month. Why? Because an ACO is a sensible, efficient, and patient-centered way to keep people healthy and then care for them during illness.


Massachusetts begins another health reform movement

“Too little progress has been made in identifying, learning from, and ameliorating medical error. It is clearly time to actively explore and test alternatives to the medical liability system.”
Those words come from Healthcare at the Crossroads: Strategies for Improving the Medical Liability System and Preventing Patient Injury, a landmark report on patient safety from The Joint Commission, the independent nonprofit that sets standards and accredits U.S. health care organizations. They were written seven years ago.


Putting an end to 7.6 million preventable child deaths

Next week in Washington I'll join hundreds of leaders--from world governments, the private sector, and faith-based organizations--to launch the Child Survival Call to Action, a long-term, focused effort to save children's lives.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and other leaders will join the health ministers of India and Ethiopia in leading the two-day high-level meeting.

The gathering will also focus on improving maternal health-an effort supported by a recent partnership pledge between the U.S. and Norway and announced by Secretary Clinton in Oslo last week.


New tax will hurt medical device innovation

The United States is the global leader in medical technology and medical device development, shipping over $136 billion in goods, paying $24.6 billion in salaries to 423,000 American workers and is responsible for more than 2 million American jobs. This American success story is one of the bright lights in an economy still on the rebound.   

This industry is also responsible for a 5.5% increase in our life expectancy, a 16% decrease in mortality rates, and a 25% reduction in disability among seniors.

The reason for this is simple: innovation.


IPAB is not the way to lower Medicare costs

Robert McNamara, who served as secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, stated in a 2003 documentary: “Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.”


Insurers, not insured, in driver’s seat

When the Supreme Court issues its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the debate will not stop. The ACA brought about immediate relief from some of the worst outcomes of for-profit healthcare, but it is by no means sufficient to temper the rapacious conduct of insurance companies who are determined to make money by not providing healthcare.


Don’t destroy the Affordable Care Act, build on it

As they prepare to wrap up their current term, the nine justices of the Supreme Court hold in their hands the fate of one of the most important pieces of legislation passed in a generation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).