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By Lola Wheeler on February 4, 2011

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By Lola Wheeler on June 1, 2010

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Are you looking for a job in the medical or healthcare field? In this job market, job seekers need good resources to reach the right employers and hiring agents. Here's a respected resource for those looking for employment in the healthcare, medical, biotech, managed care or hospital fields.

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By Lola Wheeler on November 11, 2009

I am thrilled that the House passed its public option plan last week. It's going to be the beginning of a new era in the United States. Sadly, there have been some incorrect statements made about the public option plan by ill-informed writers. The purpose of my post is to give facts, and only facts about the public option.

The goal of health care reform is to provide quality, affordable health care for every American while preserving what works in today’s system, expanding choice, and containing costs. The Affordable Health Care for America Act creates a public health insurance option that would compete on a level playing field with private insurers within the Health Insurance Exchange. In the first years, the Health Insurance Exchange is targeted to serve employees of small businesses, the self-employed and the uninsured. The public option will not be limited to just a few Americans; it will be available for purchase, from day one, by all Americans that are uninsured, self-employed, or work for a small employer with less than 26 employees. The second year, the uninsured and self-employed will still be able to buy the public option but it will also be extended to even larger small employers, including those with less than 51 employees. By the third year, small employers with less than 101 employees will be folded in. The only place the public option will be available is in the 'Exchange.' These are the facts, as presented in the bill passed by the House:

  • Today, many areas of the country are dominated by only one or two insurance companies. establishing a public health insurance option will create a new choice for individuals and families.
  • Competition in consolidated markets, driven by the introduction of a more efficient and transparent plan, will help lower premiums for all plans as the private market is forced to compete on a level playing field for the first time.
  • By creating an alternative in the market, both public and private plans will be accountable for their actions because people can leave one for the other during enrollment periods. For example, if the public option fails to maintain an adequate provider network, people will not enroll. Likewise, if the private plans inappropriately restrict access to care, people may choose the public option.
  • The 'public option' plan is not free. It is purchased by paying premiums. Any American that wants to have his or her insurance provided by the public option plan will have to pay premiums to the plan.
  • The public health insurance option must meet the same benefit requirements and comply with the same insurance market reforms as private plans.
  • Like private plans, premiums for the public health insurance option will be established for the local market areas that are designated by the Exchange and will vary by region.
  • Individuals in the Exchange can choose freely among the private carriers and the public option. Employers who participate in the Exchange cannot dictate employees’ participation in a particular plan.
  • Some Americans may receive subsidies (called 'affordability credits') if their income levels are close to the poverty line. Affordability credits can be used for any plan in the Exchange — public or private.
  • To ensure independence of the Exchange, the public health insurance option will be run by the Department of Health and Human Services, not the Exchange.
  • Like private plans, the public health insurance option must be financially self-sustaining and maintain its operations using premium revenue.
  • The public health insurance option will have lower administrative costs than private plans, and it will be accountable to its enrollees and taxpayers, not shareholders or highly-paid executives.
  • The Secretary of Health and Human Services will negotiate provider payment rates, which can be no higher than the average private plan rates and no lower than Medicare.
  • All Americans who are without insurance, who are self-employed or are employees in small businesses with less than 101 employees will be allowed to purchase the public option plan.

Anyone wanting facts rather than myths should go straight to the House of Representatives and to the bill itself. For more information about the public option, please consult this page: Affordable Health Care for America Act.

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By Lola Wheeler on October 1, 2009

In this job market, job seekers need good resources to reach the right employers and hiring agents. Here's a respected resource for those looking for employment in the healthcare, medical, biotech, managed care or hospital fields.

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By Lola Wheeler on August 18, 2009

I am a single payer advocate. Single payer is a system whereby we centralize the financing of healthcare and cut out the insurance industry, thereby instantly creating 30% savings that can be used to increase healthcare access and improve healthcare quality.

Single payer was not put on the table in Congress this year, much to my disappointment. So, I have reluctantly moved to supporting the public option plan. Public option is a voluntary premium-based financing of healthcare that would co-exist in the same marketplace with insurance companies. In all the plans I support (single payer and public option), in all cases, doctors and hospitals would remain private and free. Patient choice would be protected. Patients would have more freedom than they do now.

I have drawn the line in the sand regarding public option. I will not accept anything less than public option because this is the compromise from the best plan - single payer.

Now, I feel brave enough to tell you about my recent devastation.

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By Lola Wheeler on January 1, 2009

In this job market, job seekers need good resources to reach the right employers and hiring agents. Here's a respected resource for those looking for employment in the healthcare, medical, biotech, managed care or hospital fields.

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By Lola Wheeler on December 22, 2008

There's much talk about how wonderful the pastor of Saddleback Church, Rick Warren, is because his church is so large (overwhelmingly mega-huge) and rich - and because he and his wife have used the church coffers, in part, to participate in HIV/Aids missions in Africa. What I think is sorely being missed here is that Rick Warren has used his church, his pulpit and his impressive power to create laws for marriages that will impact people that do not go to his church. Rick Warren believes that homosexuality is a sin and an abnormality. His beliefs, of course, are fine for him and for members of his congregation. But where Rick Warren goes wrong is when he works hard, using his church and his power, to campaign for laws that prevent others from living the way they choose to live.

I wanted to hear Rick Warren's own words for myself so I looked for source material.

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By Lola Wheeler on November 27, 2008

Those who live in poor, urban areas often have little access to high-quality food. As large grocers flee inner cities, convenience stores and other high-priced alternatives become these neighborhoods’ only sources of groceries. These small stores rarely offer extensive produce departments; instead, residents choose among highly processed foods with little nutritional value. This urban organization helps people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Growing Power transforms communities.

"If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system." - Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power

By Lola Wheeler on October 9, 2008

As the election season heats up and the races for state and federal offices begin their final mad rush through October toward the November 4 finish line, the overall theme appears to be one of much needed change. It's time to dispense with the ideas that have wrought two wars, undermined our constitution, diminished critical federal oversight and cast us into an economic tailspin of failure, corruption and greed. (KS-04: Best Betts for Red to Blue "October Surprise")
That writer goes on to point out why "It looks to me like Rep. Tiahrt is a strong candidate for removal." Check out this thorough blog post detailing Donald Betts' competitive House race in Kansas.

By Lola Wheeler on September 21, 2008

Do you remember learning last year that melamine had been widely used by the Chinese to fraudulently adulterate wheat and grain products to "stretch" the quantities and profits of Chinese grain producers? Do you remember that thousands of U.S. cats and dogs died last year as a result of being fed name-brand American and Canadian pet foods that had been laced with melamine? Is it really any surprise to any of us now when we are learned this week that the Chinese are adulterating their milk products with the same fake and poisonous ingredients?

Do you have dry milk in your kitchen? You'll find it in chocolate milk mixes, coffee creamers, cake mixes, cans of condensed milk. You may even have baby formula made from dry milk. In my kitchen, I actually have a big box of dry milk in my kitchen that I bought from Wal-Mart, carrying the generic label of "Great Value" or "GV" - the Wal-Mart store brand. I've examined the box carefully and have found no indication that the milk that was used in its manufacture came from American dairy cows. The manufacturer of this product does not tell me what continent produced my milk.

So, until proven otherwise, I have every reason to believe that the dry milk powder in my kitchen is from China - and, is possibly laced with a deadly chemical. How can I make this connection? How can I not? Let's look at some important facts.

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