California Single Payer Is a No-Brainer – Jacobin

California Single Payer Is a No-Brainer – Jacobin

I have written and tweeted to stories about this very subject. A non-governmental observation with distinct clarity has proven to me that the most logical solutions are not the one’s that are implemented. Oligarchic influences and “special” interests outside the moneyed class have much to lose if this proposal follows through. Never mind that some of these same entities will benefit with a guaranteed income stream of new business. There are two existing successful models for what California is trying to do. Medicare and the VA. Virtually every other industrialized country has a version of universal healthcare as a right for its citizens. Medicare has issues regarding what they will and won’t pay for, and this is not always communicated properly to medical professionals and especially patients. As a personal example, my physician writes a prescription for Ondansetron, nausea and vomiting inhibitor that actually works, and is recommended for cancer patients all the way down the sickness chain. When it was first prescribed for me, Aetna, the Medicare Rx provider in my area, would pay for it. For what has been cited as cost reasons, they decided not to pay for it without notice to me (not that they are required to tell me…). It is their system, they write and can change the rules of the game without my consent; I get that. Despite this, it’s still better than not having the option at all or having to pay full retail for this, last time I checked, around $5 a pill. Any system has flaws, but they can be fixed if the parties are so inclined. Our job is to force their inclination.

via California Single Payer Is a No-Brainer

Photo Security and HIPAA

HIPAAThis was a story that I did on the subject of HIPAA, but was never published at the original time. As about a year has passed, the volume of data has increased significantly, which shows no sign of abating. With big data and artificial intelligence being current buzzwords, lest we do not forget the compliance issues that are involved. Both of the main cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (Manager & lowella@amazon.com, 2017, p. 5) and Azure (Stevan D. Vidich, 2014, p. 2), are both HIPAA compliant right out of the box. This is not to exclude other providers, but they are the main players in mindshare and marketshare. Amazon is the clear dominant leader  (Joe Panettieri, 2017, para. 4), but Microsoft can never be counted out.


Joe Panettieri. (2017, February 9). Cloud Market Share 2017: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google. Retrieved April 18, 2017, from https://www.channele2e.com/2017/02/09/cloud-market-share-2017-amazon-microsoft-ibm-google/

Manager, & lowella@amazon.com. (2017, March 25). HIPAA Compliance – Amazon Web Services (AWS). Retrieved April 18, 2017, from //aws.amazon.com/compliance/hipaa-compliance/

Stevan D. Vidich. (2014, April 22). Microsoft Trust Center | HIPAA and the HITECH Act. Retrieved April 18, 2017, from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Compliance/HIPAA

Can California Achieve Universal Health Care in the Age of Trump?


Update April 27, 2017: BILL CLEARS FIRST HURDLE WITH SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE APPROVAL!

Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are celebrating the California Senate Health Committee’s passage this week of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. Full details of the bill may be viewed here http://bit.ly/2ng5hUg

Lots of states have tried this without success, the most recent being Colorado (Mattie Quinn, 2016). Don’t overlook California, they just may have the answer.


The battle over the American Health Care Act has devolved into a question of whether Paul Ryan can save face by passing something out of the House that he knows can’t advance in the Senate.

Source: Can California Achieve Universal Health Care in the Age of Trump? | The Nation


Since this post is covering California’s attempt to get to Universal Health Care, another perspective is necessary to conceive the way forward. If it were easy, it would have been done. Despite universal health care being the standard throughout the world, we (the US) just has to be different, because. Universal Health Insurance /= Universal Health Care. This point cannot be emphasized enough. This article talks about various and sundry politicians with incremental views, such as the current Lt. Governor to cardinal views on Single Payer, essentially Medicare for all or the VA System.

But it could take years and billions of dollars to achieve coverage for everyone — if it happens at all.

Source: While Washington Fiddles, California Leaders Forge Ideas for Universal Health Care | State of Health | KQED News

H/T RoseAnn DeMoro

Mattie Quinn. (2016, November 9). Single-Payer Health Care Takes a Big Hit at the Ballot. Retrieved April 12, 2017, from http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-colorado-single-payer-health-2016-ballot-measure.html

Small device could replace your standard CPAP machine

I so want one of these. This new concept in the linked story addresses many issues with CPAP therapy. This is not a real product yet until the FDA says it is, so no insurance of any kind is going to cover it, but they have a plan for that. I have checked out their webpage and am a bit skeptical as they are not as close to a working product as the linked story would have you believe.

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There is another system that goes about it differently. It is called the Winx® Sleep Therapy System. It uses a mouthpiece to deliver a system that pulls back the tongue to allow normal air breathing. It requires the ability to breathe through the nose without mouth breathing, which I can’t do; this may explain why this option wasn’t considered during my sleep study process over a year ago. BTW, the cost is $1,595, which is much more than the cost of CPAP machines and not covered by most insurances or Medicare, which is a show stopper for most people I know.

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http://www.truckersnews.com/small-device-could-replace-your-cpap-machine/

Why the health care crisis is not solved?

Why the health care crisis is not solved?
Medical Collection Debt
healthcare collection letter

What you see on the left is an actual collection letter authorized by the dominant medical system locally. Part of the sales job that is the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” is the ability to rein costs, cover most people (not everybody), and allow to see the doctor when needed. The dirty little secret is that it does none of these things very well, and that seems to be OK with the current electorate at best, and part of which would return to the no insurance days of yesteryear. Keeping it 💯 “100” requires more substantive dialog than any of the 3 major candidates will provide.

While it has done a lot of good, the Affordable Care Act is not a long-term solution to the US health care crisis. P.S. #feelthebern

Source: Why Hillary Clinton and Obamacare Will Not Solve the Health Care Crisis

Is the Health Insurance industry heading on a ‘death march’?

This is not surprising, given the political realities of passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to begin with. North Carolina and all states that touch it made the decision to dispense with expanded Medicaid, even though it was paid for in the first 3 years of its existence. Their excuses are very lame and politically motivated, but that is life. As for this author, the choice of passable healthcare should not be determined by geography in the United States of America.

The health insurance industry has been undergoing tremendous reforms in recent years due to new federal regulations including the Affordable Care Act.

Source: Is the Health Insurance Industry Heading on a ‘Death March?’