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How Health Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis By Denying Claims For Less Addictive But More Expensive Drugs

| September 18, 2017

Insurers limiting access to drugs with a lower risk of addiction or dependence. Why? Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

Big Pharma Bullies: How Insurers Force You To Buy Name-Brand Drugs Instead of Generic

| August 10, 2017

Some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics. Insurers pay less, but sometimes consumers pay more.

Next Stations of the Cross In Obamacare’s Near-Death Experiences: Debate and Amendments

| July 26, 2017

Senators are limited to 20 hours of debate, following which numberless amendments may be introduced–but not debated. It may get messy and difficult to follow.

Patriotic Millionaire: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

| July 22, 2017

Republican leaders claim they want affordable access to quality health care for all. It can’t be done by lowering taxes on businesses and the rich and letting the market run it all.

Obamacare Exchanges In Limbo as GOP Repeal Fails and Trump Ramps Up Sabotage Talk

| July 19, 2017

Even as premiums increase about 18 percent, Florida Blue, the state’s largest health insurer, said those rates would go even higher if government subsidies disappeared.

Latest Republican Health Bill Cuts Costs At Expense of People With Pre-Existing Conditions

| July 17, 2017

The proposal would let insurers sell health coverage outside the ACA exchanges with no provisions for prescription drugs, mental illness, hospitalization or almost any other benefit.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

Non-Partisan Analysis of 22 Million More Uninsured Deals Blow to Senate Health Bill

| June 27, 2017

By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with about 28 million who would lack coverage under current law.

Behind Closed Doors: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down

| June 19, 2017

As 13 GOP senators continue to secretly craft a health care bill, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear.

In Latest Polling, Obamacare Beats Trumpcare, 49-31, With Little Support For Means-Testing

| May 31, 2017

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act.

GOP Defends Health Bill With Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

| May 30, 2017

Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side, but through deceptive means.

Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

| May 15, 2017

Trump said that “in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.” He does not, starting with his understanding of the health care act the House just passed.

David Ottati Returns: Ex-Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Takes Over 3-County Region

| May 8, 2017

David Ottati’s rise in the Adventist organization is again bringing him to Flagler County as he takes over leadership of a seven hospital-region including Florida Hospital Flagler.

It Would Be Up to Florida to Dismantle Obamacare Protections If GOP Bill Advances

| May 8, 2017

Unless the legislation fails or changes substantially, many consumers across the country could see the amount they pay every year for premiums increase by thousands of dollars, making coverage effectively unaffordable.

Secret Hospital Inspections Revealing Errors and Mishaps and May Become Public at Last

| April 22, 2017

The federal government has proposed requiring that accreditors release reports on the problems they find during hospital inspections. Right now, the reports are secret.

As Washington Piddles, Liberal California Forges Ahead With Universal Health Care Ideas

| April 10, 2017

Organized labor and two lawmakers are leading the charge for a single, government-financed program for everyone in the state. Another legislator wants to create a commission that would weigh the best options for a system to cover everyone.

GOP Plan Scraps Individual Mandate Only to Create New, 30% Penalty For Laggards

| March 23, 2017

The GOP approach is called a “continuous coverage” penalty. It increases premiums for people who buy insurance if they have gone 63 consecutive days without a policy during the past 12 months.

Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

Senate Committee Kills Recovery Centers Palm Coast Opposes, But Approves Expanded Surgical Centers

| March 14, 2017

A Senate committee today killed a proposal to create the sort of “recovery care centers” Palm Coast government and Florida Hospital Flagler oppose, but it agreed to expanded ambulatory care centers.

Ron DeSantis’s First Principle: Do Harm

| March 10, 2017

Obamacare repealer Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose congressional district includes Flagler, has a solution for cancer patients without insurance: the emergency room. A few corrections are in order.

Support for Obamacare Reaches Record, Putting Repeal-Minded Lawmakers In a Bind

| February 25, 2017

Overall support for the health law ticked up to 48 percent in February, the highest point since shortly after it passed in 2010. That was a 5-point increase since the last poll in December.

Health Savings Accounts Gain GOP Favor as Obamacare Sub; Gimmickry May Hurt Most

| February 6, 2017

Expanding the use of such accounts, greatly favored by Wall Street, is part of almost every GOP replacement plan under consideration on Capitol Hill. But less well off people and the sick would not likely benefit.

Trump On Your Side? Repealing Obamacare Is a Tax Break For Rich at Poors’ Expense

| January 24, 2017

If Obama’s health law is reversed, taxes will go down for the rich and up for the poor, while millions lose coverage. It is redistribution for the wealthy.

From Women’s Ob-Gyn Rights to ER Cost Controls, 6 Items That Could Disappear With Obamacare Repeal

| January 12, 2017

Some of these Obamacare measures enjoy broad support and are taken for granted even though people often don’t realize they spring from the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are working to repeal.

Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan

| January 7, 2017

More than a third of those said they would not want the law repealed after being told that some people with preexisting health problems would no longer be able to get insurance.

Pot Amendment Goes Into Effect Amid Mass Confusion and “Dangerous Legal Area”

| January 4, 2017

Proponents of Amendment 2 as well as some marijuana operators are demanding that the state health department provide adequate guidance to the industry about the proposal approved by more than 70 percent of Floridians in November.

Assume Obamacare Is Repealed. What Then?

| December 27, 2016

Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that funding, Republicans will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.

With Florida leading the Way, Obamacare Enrollment Jumps Despite Trump Threats

| December 22, 2016

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s.

How Trump’s Health Secretary Will Alter Policy from Obamacare to Abortion to Birth Control

| December 11, 2016

Tom Price, a Georgia physician who opposes the Affordable Care Act, abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood, among other things, could have a rapid impact without even a presidential order or an act of Congress.

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