Letter to the Editor: Affordable Care Act is No Panacea

Marcy ZwellingGeneral, Health Reform, PoliticsLeave a Comment

Published in the Orange County Register: Sept. 27, 2013 LOS ALAMITOS, Marcy Zwelling, vice chair, American Academy of Private Physicians: Just this week, a personal friend called with a medical dilemma. He had just learned he had lung cancer. What should he do? Where should he pursue his care? He was relieved that he was insured. He, like most patients, … Read More

Affordable Care Act Enthusiasm Wanes

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Published in the Orange County Register: July 24, 2013 The Affordable Care Act, such as it is, was never about care and it is surely not affordable. The fact that it is inoperable is no surprise to those of us who read the bill. Like a malignant tumor, the law has wrapped its head around the most integral and vital … Read More

Pharmacist Kickback Hurts Patients

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Published in the Orange County Register: May 21, 2013 A little-known loophole in California law has created dangerous financial arrangements between health insurers and pharmacists, placing the health of many California patients in jeopardy and raising questions about just who is in charge when it comes to health care decisions. California health insurers are currently allowed to provide a financial … Read More

Obamacare’s Impact on Choice

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Published in the Orange County Register: April 18, 2013 Each day America is getting the news the Affordable Care Act is delayed, morphed, more expensive than expected, or failing. Americans were promised that it would change our health care delivery system forever. That part is surely true. The promise that everyone will have insurance simply cannot happen because Obamacare has … Read More

An article from Forbes – by Charles Kadlec

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The Audacity Of Power: President Obama Plays The Bully By Charles Kadlec March 11, 2013 http://www.forbes.com/sites/charleskadlec/2013/03/11/the-audacity-of-power-the-obama-administration-as-the-bully In one of the most blatantly political moves in U.S. history, President Barack Obama, members of his Cabinet and his Senior Advisors have decided to use the vast power of the federal government to bully the American people into giving them even more control. … Read More

Let the Free Market Save Lives

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Published in the Orange County Register: March 8, 2013 LOS ALAMITOS, Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, past president, American Academy of Private Physicians: Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina, chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, admits that there are not enough physicians to treat California’s patients in 2014 when more than 2 million persons get their new insurance cards. To fill the void his … Read More

Out of Money with No Where to Go

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As a member of the Los Angeles County Hospital Commission, I have access to “those in the know” at the Department of Health Services to learn their strategy for working with the state and federal governments to fulfill the obligations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). At the last meeting I asked a most basic question, “The … Read More

Who owns your life?

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This past week, we witnessed the second inaugural of President Barack Obama. His speech was telling not only as a window into his vision for America’s future but also as a reflection of his personal interpretation of the Declaration of Independence and that may shine a light on what we might expect as the Affordable Care Act rolls out over … Read More

Foreseeable and (perhaps) Intended Consequences of our Health Care Law

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Foreseeable and (perhaps) Intended Consequences of our Health Care Law Of late, PPACA (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) has come under fire from employers, employees, doctors, patients, and legislators. Having followed Congresswoman Pelosi’s admonition to “pass it so we could find out what’s in it,” the world has come to conclude that PPACA does not protect patients, is … Read More