I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. I am British, I live in Cambridge, England, and the National Health Service has taken great care of me for over 40 years. I have received excellent medical attention in Britain, and I felt it was important to set the record straight. I believe in universal health care.
– Stephen Hawking ( NY Times, May 9, 2011)
Many people in the United States with chronic illnesses have rejoiced over the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More of us can afford health insurance. We are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. There are no more annual or life-time caps on insurance payments. And there is now a limit on our out-of-pocket fees.
While the ACA has made important strides, serious healthcare problems remain (More…)
Many with chronic illnesses are counting down the days in anticipation of January 1, 2014– this is the day the Affordable Care Act rolls out its most significant changes.
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On that day, health insurance will be more accessible and affordable for this group of people, who have routinely been denied coverage or charged the highest rates because of their health conditions. (more…)
Excerpt from The Affordable Care Act: How the Law Helps (and Doesn’t Help) People with Chronic Illnesses. Click here for the full article.
People with chronic illnesses in the United States have suffered greatly under the country’s broken healthcare system which has been in desperate need of reform for decades. Too many people have gone bankrupt trying to cover enormous medical bills; the high cost of prescription drugs means some are forced to choose between paying for food and buying life-saving medicines; health insurance companies, the real “death panels,” have denied life-saving treatments and medications to people with chronic illnesses. (more…)
Thanks to the The Advisory Board Company for creating this map! – Rachel
Amount of GDP spent on healthcare in the U.S. in 2012: 17.6 cents for every $1
U.S. population in 2012: nearly 313 million
Number of people on Medicaid in 2012: 72.6 million (23.2 percent)
Number of people without health insurance in 2012: 48 million (15.3 percent) (more…)
Our education system in the U.S. isn’t perfect—it’s got its problems. And yet it is an impressive achievement that we are able to provide a free education to every child. While a few people may grumble about paying taxes, we all share the cost of education, and we’ve gotten used to the idea that every child has a right to go to school. Our economy, living standard, and quality of life are more prosperous because of universal education.
It’s unfortunate we didn’t see the wisdom of providing universal health care in the U.S. as well. (more…)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), ObamaCare, Heath Care Reform—whatever you call it, it’s the same thing and it is the biggest reform in U.S. health care since Medicaid and Medicare were signed in to law in 1965. (more…)
Hi Readers – I’ve been doing some research for an upcoming post about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on people with chronic illnesses. Along the way, I’ve come across bits of information I found interesting that I thought I’d share. Here’s part I in a series of health care trivia…stay tuned for Parts II and III – Rachel
Average life expectancy in the U.S. in 2010: 78.2
In 34 OECD* countries: 79.5 (more…)