Healthcare

Eating in the dark can be dangerous

A 500-calorie bagel with cream cheese on your way to work. A 700-calorie sandwich for lunch, plus an extra 150 calories if you get chips instead of carrots on the side. A 400-calorie afternoon coffee drink. A 350-calorie margarita after work. And a 1,500-calorie chicken quesadilla with friends for dinner.

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Personalized medicine

It’s time to think of health in a disruptive way. Policy must set the enabling landscape, but the truly dramatic and the transformative will come from the exploding but still very young field of personalized medicine.

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Voters must now decide future of healthcare law

In a move that surprised many, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld most provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. This law included an individual mandate which forces every American at certain income levels to purchase healthcare insurance.  The court ruled that the mandate is not constitutional under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, but is constitutional under Congress' power to tax. 

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An appeal to a higher court

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” the House will once again take up the imperative of repealing it.
 
But the Supreme Court decision has much more dire implications for our nation and its cherished freedoms than merely affirming the government take-over of our health care.

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What women say they want in their healthcare

In the struggle for the political high ground in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, both the Obama and Romney camps have spent the bulk of their ammunition arguing over whether the individual mandate is a “tax” or a “penalty.” But when it comes to messaging specifically to women, both camps are missing the point – because new survey data reveals that women don’t care nearly as much about the tax/penalty argument as they do about other features of ObamaCare that can’t be spun.

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Patients need drug options, not limitations

Imagine being sick with a life-threatening disease. Most of us would want access to as many medicines as possible -- including the full range of proven treatment options. 



But under the Affordable Care Act, some people may see their drug choices severely restricted.



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Healthcare is a right, not a privilege

Healthcare is a fundamental right, not a privilege. This is what we learned last month when the United States Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act).

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Cutting healthcare costs

President Obama himself warned us that an individual mandate would be no solution to the problem of health care affordability. If forcing people to buy health insurance was the cure for high priced health care, he said, we would force poor people to buy houses to reduce homelessness. We almost did that in the housing market and all we got was subprime loans and the great recession. 
 
As a practicing physician serving the full spectrum of Washingtonians, I recognize that medical care is a commodity. If there isn’t enough to meet the demand at a reasonable price we can only solve the problem by using the laws of economics, not by trying to fight them. Here, then, are some medically sound proposals to address the economic problems facing health care today.

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Healthcare law hurts

The so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA) should never have been passed in the first place.
 
It is costing jobs, hurting seniors and preventing the economy from bouncing back.

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Big money behind misinformation on healthcare law

I received a call from a gentleman, Ralph, this morning asking about my statement to the press yesterday regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. He wanted to know why I thought the law was good for small businesses because he had heard so much about how it was going to be harmful.

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