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Volume 8, Number 2
January 13, 2011


In the Spotlight

Chiseling away at the individual mandate

Peter Suderman, Medical Progress Today, 1-13-11

Republicans aren't likely to have much success repealing last year's health care overhaul before the next presidential election, but they may prove more successful in chiseling away at individual provisions. And of the law's major components, the individual mandate—which requires nearly everyone to purchase health insurance or pay a federal penalty—is arguably the most in jeopardy.
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· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

More Headlines >>


· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid — Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

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Chiseling away at the individual mandate

Podcast Series

Paul A. Offit, MD is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit is also the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology, and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His latest book is DEADLY CHOICES: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All (Basic Books, December 28, 2010.)

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"Ultimately I think the attitude has is going to have to change, because the fact of the matter is when you choose not to vaccinate yourself or your child you are not only making a choice for yourself or your child, you’re making a choice for those who come in contact with you or your child. There are 500,000 people, roughly, in the United States who cannot be vaccinated, because they’re getting chemotherapy for their cancer or immunosuppressant therapy for their transplants. . .they depend on those around them to be protected. And you’re starting to hear from them now. You're starting to hear from parents that are angry that they have a child with Leukemia that is going to a day care center and they want to know exactly how many people in that day care center aren’t vaccinated because they know it puts their child at special risk."
Dr. Paul Offit

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