Published on September 21, 2013 at 4:52 AM
The New Republic: This Creepy Anti-Obamacare Ad Will Give You Nightmares
Here's the latest ad against Obamacare. It involves a young woman on a medical-exam table and a creepy Uncle Sam mask. ... This is probably the part where I should talk about policy-;and the fact that, thanks to Obamacare, between 25 and 30 million additional people will have health insurance. Today, many of those people would love to get medical exams but can't, because they can't pay the bills. ... Or maybe I should point out the irony of conservatives spotlighting a gynecological exam-;and insinuating that, because of Obamacare, Uncle Sam will be invading women's privacy and personal health decisions. Isn't this the same party and movement that believes the federal government should be in the middle of reproductive health? (Jonathan Cohn, 9/19).
Los Angeles Times: Debunking The Latest Creepy Smear Of Obamacare
These are dynamite ads -- if the only thing one cares about is shock value and virality. They also happen to be wildly misleading, taking the hyperbolic "government takeover of medicine" meme to an extreme. First off, no one will "sign up for Obamacare." Those who are not covered by group plans through their employers will shop for private insurers' individual plans the same way they do today, or through new state insurance-buying exchanges created by the 2010 law (Jon Healey, 9/19).
Forbes: A Day In The Life Of A Patient: Why Can't We Do Better
Is there a patient who goes through a hospitalization who does not have stories to tell about the obstacles, errors and indignities that they endured? I just wonder sometimes. A family relative was hospitalized this week with a stroke at a hospital a few hours from me -- and his experience left me demoralized about medicine (Harlan Krumholz, 9/19).
The New York Times' Opinionator: Medicine's Search For Meaning
Every day, we are reminded that the health care system is in crisis. We are going bankrupt. There are too many lawsuits. We practice defensive medicine. We restrict access. But surveys of doctors indicate a problem that penetrates much deeper than this. Today, almost 50 percent of doctors report symptoms of burnout -; emotional exhaustion, low sense of accomplishment, detachment (David Bornstein, 9/18).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.