One Waltham resident says health insurance should not be a luxury only for wealthy people.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The follow is a letter to the editor from Waltham residen Jacob Weiner: Last week, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Scott Brown lamented the decision as a “massive new federal entitlement” while his challenger, Elizabeth Warren, praised the court, commenting that it enables “every American [to] get access to high quality, affordable health care and fair treatment from insurance companies.” As the child of two individuals whose “pre-existing” health conditions would have given insurance companies an excuse not to offer them care, I applaud Ms. Warren’s support of the bill, and the help it will undoubtedly bring to Massachusetts residents. Senator Brown’s referral to the law as an “…
State senate candidate Mike Barrett has some suggestions for the Affordable Care Act.
Monday, July 9, 2012
The following a letter to the editor from Mike Barrett, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Middlesex State Senate seat. As a Democratic candidate for State Senate and a health care technologist in my professional life, I’m elated by the Supreme Court’s vindication of national health insurance. The decision pretty much ends the debate on health insurance for all (we’re going to have it). So now it’s on the next big question -- how do we control the associated costs? Guiding idea #1: Bring back the Kaiser model. Whatever you call it -- staff-model ACO (accountable care organization) or staff-model HMO (health maintenance organization) – let’s re-establish the concept of doctors cooperating in integrated networks, coordinating care between …