Nov
11

KCAA Sunday November 10 Healthcare in America

Guests Dr. Phillip Caper and Wendell Potter … [Read more...]

Nov
08

KCAA Sunday November 10th Healthcare in America

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts  Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells Sunday November 10, 2013  2:00pm Eastern   11:00am Pacific  9:00am Hawaii with Guests Dr. Phillip Caper and Wendell Potter Topic Healthcare in America   Click Here for Direct Link to Broadcast and UStream … [Read more...]

Nov
07

Guest Wendell Potter Joins Us on Sunday Healthcare in America

    “As one former insurance executive testified before Congress, insurance companies are not only encouraged to find reasons to drop the seriously ill; they are rewarded for it. All of this is in service of meeting what this former executive called, ‘Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations.’” — President Barack Obama, Remarks to Joint Session of Congress, September 9, 2009 Following a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Wendell left his position as head of communications for CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, to help socially responsible organizations — including those advocating for meaningful health care reform — achieve their goals. In widely covered testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee in June of 2009, Wendell disclosed how insurance companies, as part of their efforts to boost profits, have engaged in practices that have resulted in millions of Americans being forced into the ranks of the uninsured. Wendell also described how the insurance industry has developed and implemented strategic communications plans, based on deceptive public relations, advertising and lobbying efforts, to defeat reform initiatives. Since then Wendell has testified before two House committees, briefed several members of Congress and their staffs, appeared with members of Congress at several press conferences, spoken at more than 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles … [Read more...]

Nov
06

Articles by Dr. Phillip Caper re Healthcare in America

  ACA’s bungled rollout aside, government health insurance works By Dr. Philip Caper, Special to the BDN Posted Oct. 17, 2013, at 5:59 a.m. The lead story in the Oct. 13 New York Times details the ongoing problems of the Affordable Care Act’s websites intended to facilitate access by individuals to the law’s hallmark online health insurance marketplaces. Those problems continue. To summarize, many of the state-run and all of the 36 federally run websites are currently experiencing significant problems providing access to the exchanges, and nobody seems willing or able to predict when they will be fixed. This failure to launch President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is hugely embarrassing for the administration, and will undoubtedly provide a great deal of fodder for late-night comedians. It will also provide an almost unlimited source of talking points for tea partiers and other government-haters, who will cite this unfolding fiasco as more evidence that “government can’t get anything right.” That would be incorrect. In 1965 and the years following, I witnessed the implementation of Medicare, which enrolled 19 million beneficiaries almost seamlessly in less than a year, despite the formidable opposition of Southern hospitals wary of its requirements that they desegregate their wards. As I wrote last month, the problem with the ACA is not that the federal government is involved, but that literally thousands of private insurers have their … [Read more...]

Nov
06

Sunday 11-10-13 Radio Show Dr. Phillip Caper Healthcare in America

      Dr. Phillip Caper Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital.  He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He was also founder and chairman of the Codman Group (1986-2001), a health care software and consulting company with an international reputation and clientele.  Codman pioneered the use of PC-based statistical data to provide its clients with detailed information about the costs and quality of medical care used by defined populations.  Clients included over 20 Blue-Cross/Blue Shield companies, and over a dozen state health … [Read more...]

Oct
09

AMA has weighed in on Obama’s new health care package.

The American Medical Association has weighed in on Obama's new health care package. The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.     Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!" The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow. The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter." The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no. In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in  Washington . … [Read more...]

Oct
08

Robert Scheer says that if you Object to Obamacare, u r Racist…

So if I don't like IRS controlled Obamacare, I am racist and cruel....? Really? If I don't like the FACT that insurance companies stocks have shot up since this monstrosity passed, I am a Bigot? If I don't like the fact that this bill was drafted, in the White House, by Elizabeth Fowler who came from the largest insurance company (and left for a large pharmaceutical company, I don't like black people? If I know this is FASCISM, government cooperation with Business to enrich them, and that this is as far from Dennis Kucinich's thirty page insurance bill as possible, (at 2500 pages), then I am a KKK member? This is knee jerk herd mentality thinking, and should be rejected. This is meant to foster debate along party lines, rather than to look at what this IRS administered plan will do to Healthcare...already, thousands of businesses have downsized their employees from full time to part time status to avoid paying for their healthcare. Doctors in droves are saying that they will be quitting medicine...and there are worse effects. This country which just spent six TRILLION dollars on illegal wars is the only country to force it's citizens to pay for healthcare drafted by insurance companies. This, during the coming manufactured Greater Depression. Firstly, here is a link to Jon Stewart interviewing Kathleen Sebelius, head of HHS, and asking her why Obamacare cannot be delayed a year...is HE cruel and a … [Read more...]

Oct
01

80 Assholes in Con-gress

  Please not that 11 of them are from Texas!!! Co-Sponsored Tom Graves Bill Name District Mark Meadows Letter   Co-sponsor Justin Amash  MI-3  Signer   Co-sponsor Michelle Bachmann  MN-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Andy Barr  KY-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Joe Barton  TX-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Dan Benishek  MI-1  Signer   Co-sponsor Kerry Bentivolio  MI-11  Signer   Co-sponsor Gus Bilirakis  FL-12  Signer   Co-sponsor Rob Bishop  UT-1  Signer   Diane Black  TN-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Jim Bridenstine  OK-1  Signer   Co-sponsor Mo Brooks  AL-5  Signer   Co-sponsor Paul Broun  GA-10  Signer   Co-sponsor Bill Cassidy  LA-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Steve Chabot  OH-1  Signer   Howard Coble  NC-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Doug Collins  GA-9  Signer   Co-sponsor Mike Conaway  TX-11  Signer   Paul Cook  CA-8  Signer   Co-sponsor Rick Crawford  AR-1 Signer   Co-sponsor Steve Daines  MT-AL  Signer   Rodney Davis  IL-13  Signer   Co-sponsor Ron DeSantis FL-6  Signer   Co-sponsor Jeff Duncan  SC-3  Signer   John Duncan  TN-2  Signer   Co-sponsor Blake Farenthold  TX-27  Signer   Co-sponsor Chuck Fleischmann  TN-3  Signer   Co-sponsor John Fleming  LA-4  Signer   Co-sponsor Bill Flores  TX-17  Signer   Co-sponsor Trent … [Read more...]