Minnesota's health care merger proposals

  • Article by: Robert W. Geist
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 10:33 PM

The underlying goal of partnerships is market control, not competition.

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ljb6599Apr. 16, 13 9:17 AM

I prefer single payer which will never happen in this country...keep in mind that Obamacare was to have something vs nothing.I wanted a public option.Also no Republican offered a plan that was even worth considering other than the status quo....

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edcommentApr. 16, 1310:10 AM

So, are we to understand that Geist believes we are currently not rationing health care? What planet is North Oaks on?

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annsypApr. 16, 1310:24 AM

This article seems to have one major point: it's all Obamacare's fault! But the movement toward consolidation in health care, as in many other industries, was underway long before the ACA saw the light of day. Dr. Geist doesn't like lower capitation rates, but he also doesn't like what he calls "rationing". However, if health care costs are to come down, something has to give! Meanwhile, physicians stubbornly resist evidence-based recommendations that would save the system lots of money AND be better for patients---see Susan Perry's recent articles on MinnPost finding that most doctors continue annual Pap tests for women and routine PSA tests for men in the face of studies showing that they are either unnecessary or do more harm than good.

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wispereve87Apr. 16, 1311:36 AM

Dear Mr. North Oaks millionaire, Stories like this make my blood boil! The writer must be an ultra-right. His remark about Obamacare is typical. Heard time and time again. I've disliked persons who backbite, tell outright lies and half truths or need to find a scape-goat for today's problems. The state of America is a combination of powerful individuals in government and industry that want things to their individual likeness. These individuals will do and say anything to make us tow the line. The Republican political party were the first to take money from our Social Security system years ago to fund government spending. They are also the party,that have stopped the budget from being dealt with this year. Now, Republicans are backsliding and trying to tell Americans that President Obama is trying to cut into Social Security and Medicare to get the budget approved. Isn't this what the Republicans wanted in the first place? Do the Republicans think American's are that gullible and stupid? What a joke!

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schristeApr. 16, 1312:58 PM

Most of what this doctor is complaining about was put into the ACA by the insurance companies so that the bill would pass. It is what they wanted not what Obama wanted. So whose fault is again?

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alansonApr. 16, 13 5:29 PM

Thanks Dr. Geist. As Adam Smith said in The Wealth of Nations, "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty or justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary."

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jengdahljApr. 16, 1310:07 PM

How may ACO’s enhance career opportunities for nurses? http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6742

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