It’s no secret that Americans pay more for health care than anyone else in the world. We spent an average of $9,402 for each person in 2014 when all costs are considered. In Canada, the figure was just, $5,291, and in France, which was rated the best health care system in the world in 2000, it was $4,959. The average of all major countries was even lower, about $3,500.
by Tine Hansen-Turton, CEO of Woods, Dr. Scott Spreat, Chief of Research of Woods and Kristen Erway, Director of Government Affairs, Woods/June 5
The American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, would have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
The national political debate on healthcare has a singular focus on coverage for the uninsured. An emphasis only on coverage of those without insurance implies that we must spend more money to provide them with access to healthcare services.
In the United States, it is rare to find hospitals, insurers, and consumers rallying against the same legislation. However, the House of Representatives managed to unite these disparate groups when it passed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the law that many Americans only recently realized is one-and-the-same as “Obamacare.”
In deciding to bring back the heavy-handed “war on drugs”, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ignoring the advice of the 148,000 physician and medical student members of the American College of Physicians.
The failure of the House Republican proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare has turned the attention of Republican members of the Senate to devising an alternative that captures their somewhat more moderate preferences but still sticks to Republican promises to repeal the objectionable parts of the ACA.
With the failure of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the law has lived to see another day. But while individuals and families in Pennsylvania can breathe a sigh of relief, serious threats continue.
The demise of the American Health Care Act leaves the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in place for now, but the stability of American health care is still in jeopardy. The Trump Administration has proposed a budget that severely cuts health, education and research spending, which has the potential to seriously impact hospitals and the communities they serve. Let’s take a moment to understand the many benefits—tangible and intangible—these health care organizations provide.
The proposed American Health Care Act, specifically the part that imposes per capita caps on Medicaid spending, will have a profoundly negative impact on our most vulnerable citizens, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, approximately 40% of Medicaid spending goes to care for people who are disabled, including those with these conditions.