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We are all Martin Shkreli — The Lighthouse. Baucus, Conflicted Architect of Health Overhaul, Is Obama’s Pick for China. Third-party groups ready multiple ads attacking health-care law. Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine? His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick. John Green: Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday.

His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

I wanted to talk today about why healthcare costs in the United States are so phenomenally, fascinatingly expensive, but first I have to blow your mind. Alright, so you've probably heard that the reason people enjoy "free" healthcare in Australia and the UK and Canada, etc., etc., is that they pay higher taxes. That money then goes into a big pot and is used to pay for peoples' healthcare. But IN FACT, in the United States, we spend more tax money per capita on healthcare than Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Canada. Testing What We Think We Know.

BY 1990, many doctors were recommending hormone replacement therapy to healthy middle-aged women and P.S.A. screening for prostate cancer to older men.

Testing What We Think We Know

Both interventions had become standard medical practice. But in 2002, a randomized trial showed that preventive hormone replacement caused more problems (more heart disease and breast cancer) than it solved (fewer hip fractures and colon cancer). America’s Health Worker Mismatch. DESPITE high unemployment, there is one bright spot in the economy: while nearly all other sectors shrank during the recession, jobs in health care increased by more than 1.2 million, with most paying salaries of over $60,000.

America’s Health Worker Mismatch

And demand for those workers will keep improving: the Affordable Care Act will add 32 million people to insurance rolls over the next several years, while the aging of America will drive the need for health care for decades to come. But for American health workers, this is hardly good news. Despite a labor shortage, our crowded medical professional schools are turning away hundreds of thousands of qualified applicants; to fill the gap, we are importing tens of thousands of foreign workers. Oregon Study Reveals Benefits, and Costs, of Insuring the Uninsured. Leah Nash for The New York Times Paul Brown spoke to a group in Portland, Ore., about how his life has changed for the better since he obtained health insurance through a lottery that the state of Oregon established in 2008.

Oregon Study Reveals Benefits, and Costs, of Insuring the Uninsured

But in 2008, Oregon opened its rolls to some working-age adults living in poverty, like Ms. 10 Things You Get Now That Obamacare Survived. "Obamacare" explained very well. via Health Care Spending. The Facts about the Government’s Medicare Cost Projections. Editor’s Note: Reason columnist and Mercatus Center economist Veronique de Rugy appears weekly on Bloomberg TV to separate economic fact from economic myth.

The Facts about the Government’s Medicare Cost Projections

Myth: The government’s cost projections are reliable. Fact: They are not. Trustees Report Summary. Each year the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs.

Trustees Report Summary

This message summarizes the 2013 Annual Reports. Neither Medicare nor Social Security can sustain projected long-run programs in full under currently scheduled financing, and legislative changes are necessary to avoid disruptive consequences for beneficiaries and taxpayers. If lawmakers take action sooner rather than later, more options and more time will be available to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare. Earlier action will also help elected officials minimize adverse impacts on vulnerable populations, including lower-income workers and people already dependent on program benefits. Social Security and Medicare together accounted for 38 percent of federal expenditures in fiscal year 2012.

Healthcare Crisis: The Uninsured. Alicia suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and is uninsured.

Healthcare Crisis: The Uninsured

She has two children (ages 10 & 12) who take care of her at home. She is confined to a wheelchair and can't afford home care. 44 million Americans are uninsured, and eight out of ten of these are workers or their dependents. Why is being uninsured a problem? About 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance.

How to Get Health Care While Uninsured. A couple of years ago, I had a cold for about four months.

How to Get Health Care While Uninsured

I thought I had somehow caught five colds in a row, which I thought was no big deal, because they were just colds after all. But then I started dropping a lot of weight while eating a lot of chocolate cake. My hair started falling out, and I had the shakes so bad that my handwriting—which I used to be proud of—became illegible. Turning to the Web for a Medical Diagnosis. Thirty-five percent of American adults said they had used the Internet to diagnose a medical condition for themselves or someone else, according to a new Pew Research Center study.

Turning to the Web for a Medical Diagnosis

Women are more likely than men to turn to the Internet for diagnoses. Other groups more likely to do so are younger people, white adults, people with college degrees and those who live in households with income above $75,000. The study, released by Pew’s Internet and American Life Project on Tuesday, points out that Americans have always tried to answer their health questions at home, but the Internet has greatly expanded the options for research. Open-Source Healthcare. Republished from By Kevin Carson The healthcare industry is a textbook example of what Ivan Illich (in Tools for Conviviality) called a “radical monopoly.”

Open-Source Healthcare

The central function of the government’s “safety” and “consumer protection” regulations, in most cases, is either to exclude competing providers of a good or service from the market, to circumscribe the areas of competition between them, or to set a floor on the capitalization required for doing business and thus impose a mandatory minimum overhead.

The overall effect, as Paul Goodman put it in People or Personnel, is to create a 300% or 400% markup in the cost of doing anything, and render us all dependent on institutional providers with bureaucratic cultures and high overhead costs. A Cooperative for Health Care? The Evergreen Project. Physicians for a National Health Program. "Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act" provides renewal for the movement. Sponsor: Rep. John Conyers, Jr., plus 40 Cosponsors (2/14/13)113th Congress To provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all United States residents, improved health care delivery, and for other purposes. The Library of CongressThomas (Select "Bill Number" and enter H.R. 676) As of 2/15/13 the text of the legislation has not been received from the Government Printing Office, but a draft is available at this link: Comment:

"Don’t Follow America on Health Care" by Prabhat Jha and Dean T. Jamison. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space TORONTO – With the United States Supreme Court set to begin considering the Affordable Care Act (the historic health-care reform derided by opponents as “Obamacare”), it is worth noting that the number of Americans without health insurance reached an all-time high in 2010, the year the law was enacted. US Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialised Countries. (Photo: Alex E. Proimos)Washington - U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday.

Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators. These include infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancies, as well as more systemic issues such as injuries, homicides, and rates of disability. Together, such issues place U.S. males at the very bottom of the list, among those countries, for life expectancy; on average, a U.S. male can be expected to live almost four fewer years than those in the top-ranked country, Switzerland. Americans Under 50 Fare Poorly on Health Measures, New Report Says. A Drumbeat on Profit Takers. Health Care and Pursuit of Profit Make a Poor Mix. How We "Blew It" on Obamacare. Health Care Spending: A 21st Century Gold Rush. Who profits off your hospital bills?

Private insurers have cost Medicare $282.6 billion in excess payments since 1985. "Obamacare will prove to be a gold mine for astute traders and investors" Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us. Winning Medicare for All? "I Like Our Chances" Experts debate all-payer setups vs. Medicare for all - Brett Norman. Health care prices are too damn high. The Real Health Care Debate - Chris Hedges' Columns. F.D.A. Surveillance of Scientists Spread to Outside Critics. GlaxoSmithKline pay $3b fine after pleading guilty to healthcare fraud. What Innovation? NIH Moves Into Drug Development.