Recently I had conversation with a college student on the subject of a national health care program. The student objected to “Obama Care” because it limited his “liberty.” Being required to participate infringed on his freedom to choose not having health insurance. He also objected to paying for other people, especially those who might do unhealthy things.
I suggested to him that we are all members of a society. No man, or woman, is an island and no one is free to do, or not do, anything they want. All civilized societies impose necessary restrictions on people. ...
Remember the high-gloss campaign mailings? The non-stop TV and radio campaign ads from last year about protecting people with pre-existing conditions? I bet you heard more than you ever wanted about pre-existing conditions, right? Well, the number one issue from last fall’s election is coming home to roost here in the Legislature.
When I left office as State Representative in 2010, bipartisanship was at an all-time low. The biggest political football at the time was the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Democrats knew it would be a political liabil...
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is insurance-based healthcare legislation designed to improve Americans' access to medical care at lower costs.
Some of its components are:
get everyone in the insurance pool by requiring insurance with the individual mandate;
help low-income folks pay for insurance with government subsidies;
expand Medicaid eligibility to very low-income populations;
let children stay on parents' plans until age 26;
require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions;
make participating insurance ...
I am writing to inform people that our attorney general, Brad Schimel, in a move approved by Scott Walker, is suing in federal court to overturn the part of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Obviously, neither of these gentlemen care about cancer survivors, diabetics or others who suffer from chronic diseases.
If you think Walker and Schimel should represent everyone, not just those of us who enjoy good health, I urge you to call your state senator and state representative ...
You should know the story of U.S. Marine veteran, Jason Simcakoski. Like too many of our veterans, Jason Simcakoski, went to the VA to get help, but instead got hooked on prescription drugs. Tragically, Jason Simcakoski died in 2014 from mixed drug toxicity while receiving care at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Simcakoski family decided to turn their tragedy into hope for other military families. Working closely with Senator Baldwin, they crafted bipartisan legislation named in honor of Jason to reform the VA and stop the overprescribing of opiods at the ...
Advance directives are documents signed when we are of sound mind to inform those who will be taking care of us in the future -- usually our power of attorney -- how we want our finances handled and what we would want for medical care under particular circumstances.
Until now, there was no advance directive addressing one's preference for medical treatment when suffering from dementia.
The National Public Radio show "On Point," heard on many public radio stations from 9:00-11:00 a.m. weekdays, recently discussed a new advance directive form created to address one's ...
Senator Orrin Hatch had this to say in December about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (which he helped to create): “The reason CHIP’s having trouble is that we don’t have money anymore.” Senator Hatch voted for the tax bill that gives 83% of the tax cuts to the top 1% of Americans. Middle class taxpayers will see minimal tax relief for seven years. After 2025, taxes for the middle class will rise. Congressman Duffy also voted for this obscene bill.
The stop gap funding for CHIP which was passed December 21st will fund the program through ...
Under single payer, you get a health care card and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States. The doctors are not employees of the government. The hospitals remain in private hands. You get to choose your doctor and hospital.
Right now in the United States, the private health insurance companies ration care. If you don’t have health insurance, you don’t get health care. More than 30 million Americans currently lack health insurance. There are some problems in the Canadian system, but most of what you hear about long lines is health ...
Senate Health Care Bill did not pass. It's not clear what Republicans will try next but it is clear that engaged citizens can and do make a difference. We can't promise it will always work. But we can see that voter resistance can force a change of course. So when Trump and McConnell and Ryan cook up their next nasty "tax cut masquerading as healthcare" stew, you'll know just what to do.
Josh Marshall has what I think is the best explanation of why the Republican plan to repeal the ACA has come such a cropper. First he acknowledges the vital role played by how unpopular ...
Thank you, Congressman Duffy, for voting for the ACHA, the Ryan healthcare bill, May 4th.
Thank you to the voters for voting for Donald Trump and Congressman Duffy on November 8th.
The Ryan healthcare bill (AHCA) has been called an “act of mercy” by Speaker Ryan.
Here is a short list, out of many provisions, that are especially ‘merciful.’
1. The federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions are eliminated. In Duffy’s 7th Congressional District this will affect 295,400 or 51% of the non-elderly population who have pre-existing conditi...