By John Horgan | PUBLISHED: November 6, 2018 at 6:26 am | UPDATED: November 6, 2018 at 6:28 am The daunting complexities of the U.S. health care/health insurance landscape are on full display in San Mateo County these days. Look no farther than the current effort to preserve Seton Medical Center in Daly City (and its Coastside branch in Moss Beach) as a prime example. Seton, a private enterprise, is owned by Verity Health System (it also owns hospitals in San Jose and Gilroy). That business has filed for bankruptcy protection. If a buyer for Seton cannot be found, its assets could be shut down, leaving patients without important services in the North County. San Mateo County authorities, along with counterparts in adjacent San Francisco to the north, are scrambling to head off such a grim scenario. It’s a tough challenge. Seton’s customers are generally low-income folks who lack private insurance. Eighty-seven percent of them pay reduced rates via Medicaid or MediCal, … [Read more...] about Horgan: Seton situation shines a light on health care complexities
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POLITICS 10/04/2018 02:20 pm ET Updated 31 minutes ago Can a doctor defeat the congressman who saved Obamacare repeal? By Kevin Robillard WASHINGTON — Democrats’ plan to take back the House of Representatives in November is all about health care. The unpopularity of Republican plans to replace Obamacare, combined with ever-rising health care costs, has led to a deluge of Democratic ads about protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicaid. That all-health-care, all-the-time strategy might find its stiffest test in Michigan’s 6th District, where a Democratic doctor has a chance to take down the man who saved the GOP’s Obamacare repeal efforts in spring 2017. Rep. Fred Upton (R) is running for his 16th term representing a district centered around Kalmazoo and covering most of the southwestern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Upton, a relative moderate who an ally described as possessing a … [Read more...] about This Michigan District Is The Biggest Test Of Democrats’ Health Care Strategy
Ask any candidate for Congress in Minnesota this year about health care, and they’re almost certain to tell you it’s one of the most important issues in their districts — if not the single most important issue. Opinion polling backs that up: a recent CBS News poll found that 70 percent of Americans think health care is a very important issue, a larger share than any other top issue. A similar conclusion has been reached by plenty of other polls conducted over the last few months, which also find that health care is foremost in voters’ minds, even above the economy and headline-grabbing topics like immigration. Just because seemingly everyone agrees health care should be a top focus, though, doesn’t mean they agree on what parts of the issue to focus on: for the most part, Democratic and Republican candidates are telling voters very different stories when it comes to the politics of health care. In Minnesota and elsewhere, Democrats are making health care a … [Read more...] about Voters consistently rank health care as their top political concern. What does that mean for Minnesota’s House races?
Updated 9:42 am, Saturday, May 26, 2018 Photo: Morgan Lee, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this April 6, 2018 file photo, Democratic Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses political supporters and campaign volunteers at the opening of a campaign office in Santa Fe, N.M. The past ties of one of New Mexico’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates to a consulting company that repeatedly landed contracts to help run a state high-risk insurance pool are drawing criticism from her opponents. Grisham and her campaign treasurer, state Rep. Deborah Armstrong, co-founded Delta Consulting in 2008. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Lujan Grisham divested herself from the company last year but Armstrong is still an owner. Democratic challenger Jeff Apodaca accused Lujan Grisham and Armstrong during a recent debate of enriching themselves off the … [Read more...] about Lujan Grisham criticized for past ties to health care firm
THE PROGNOSIS Megan Shade and Victoria Rivera participate in a health-care protest outside the office of Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) on March 8, 2017, in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Fourteen House Republicans took a big risk last year in voting for a bill repealing much of Obamacare. Now, in the middle of the campaign season, Democrats have not forgotten. It was hazardous for these GOP members to vote for the unpopular American Health Care Act because they’re from politically purple districts that went not for President Trump in 2016 but for his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Now their names are inextricably tied to a health-care bill that would probably have resulted in millions fewer Americans having insurance. And Democrats are practically salivating over the situation. “Many of these incumbents would be extremely vulnerable without some of their votes,” said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional … [Read more...] about The Health 202: These Republicans may pay a political price for their health-care votes