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The High Cost of Health Care (Part 4)

On Thursday, Brian Bilray asked the question "...are we going to mandate that the federal taxpayer subsidize people with emphysema when they’ve been a lifetime smoker". Mr Bilbray is off the mark - we taxpayers already subsidize many people with cardiac and respiratory problems caused by smoking through Medicare.

Would Congressman Bilbray please publish a proposal on how he believes that people with diseases caused in part by their own behavior should be treated? For example, does he believe that Medicare recipients who are overweight or smokers should be denied treatment if they cannot pay for it themselves? Does he believe that pregnant teenagers without insurance should be denied coverage?

Congressman Bilbray might remember that none of us thinks it will be our twenty-something daughter who drives too fast and gets in a car accident, or our son that gets addicted to alcohol, or our preference for beef over chicken that leads to heart disease; but bad things do happen to good people and that is why everyone needs and deserves health insurance.

August 8, 2009 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 2)

Is there a simple statistic used to measure the overall health of an adult? Such a statistic, if it exists, would measure the effectiveness of preventative care by researchers implementing evidence-based healthcare improvements. Currently, many articles report only "dollars spent in the last six months of life", which is a misleading statistic because it does not reward healthcare systems for improving longevity or overall health.

August 4, 2009 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )