Like legions of other health care policy wonks when I discovered that former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle was going to be Obama’s point guy on health care, I sent off for a copy of his book Critical. It’s a fast and easy read, but in its examination of the problem
Few of the books I’ve read lately have been quite as staggering as Free Lunch, from former New York Times investigative reporter David Cay Johnston who, heroically, made his career writing about – brace yourselves – the U.S. tax code. Free Lunch is a fabulous book by a veteran investigative
Ask any health care wonk and they’ll tell you that within the larger health care crisis is a primary care crisis. There is more and more demand for primary care physicians – the person you probably call your “family doctor” – but America’s medical schools are producing fewer of them.
Several of the same health plans have been busted by the agency that oversees them, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) fraudulently marketing these Medicare plans to seniors by doing things like telling them that there were no premiums when there were, telling them that they didn’t need to change doctors when they did, and saying that various procedures which Medicare covered were also covered under these plans when they weren’t