Dr. Jane Orient: The opioid disaster—who benefits?

Dr. Jane Orient: The opioid disaster—who benefits?

By Dr. Jane Orient The opioid crisis in America is real, it is lethal, and it may be killing the nice family that lives next door to you. More people are dying of opioid overdoses than died of AIDS at the height of the epidemic. The death toll is nearly twice that from global terrorism. The […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Not letting the hurricane crisis go to waste

Dr. Jane Orient: Not letting the hurricane crisis go to waste

By Dr. Jane Orient Miami mayor Tomás Regalado and MSNBC’s Ali Velshi are looking beyond the suffering that Hurricane Irma is causing in Florida. It’s “an opportunity” to talk about climate change. “This is something that needs to be addressed. If Washington doesn’t want to do it, we will do it by ourselves,” said Mayor Regalado. The […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Building up vs. tearing down; Trump and Charlottesville

Dr. Jane Orient: Building up vs. tearing down; Trump and Charlottesville

By Dr. Jane Orient The President’s remarks that provoked an unprecedented storm of hate and outrage were made at a press conference about—infrastructure. President Trump explained why our infrastructure is in such terrible shape. There’s the permitting process that delays projects for years or decades, and causes costs to double, triple, quintuple, or more. This […]

Dr. Jane Orient: John McCain and the partisan farce on “healthcare reform”

Dr. Jane Orient: John McCain and the partisan farce on “healthcare reform”

By Dr. Jane Orient Senator John McCain of Arizona sequentially played the role of superhero, villainous traitor (to Republicans), and savior (to ObamaCare) as the McConnell “skinny repeal” lost by one vote—his. First, he dropped in for the crucial vote on bringing the issue to the Senate floor, to a thunderous standing ovation, days after […]

Dr. Jane Orient: It’s not about health care—it’s about control

Dr. Jane Orient: It’s not about health care—it’s about control

By Dr. Jane Orient As Congress struggles to do something about the ObamaCare disaster, Senators may be getting calls pleading, “Don’t take my healthcare away!” But the more influential voices will be whispering, “Don’t take my ObamaCare dollars away!” The American Medical Association (AMA), for example, is urging people to call about “cuts” (constrained growth) […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Let July 4 be ACA Independence Day

Dr. Jane Orient: Let July 4 be ACA Independence Day

By Dr. Jane Orient The Senate has finally unveiled its heretofore secret plan for pretending to repeal the (Un)Affordable Care Act (ACA, UCA, or ObamaCare): the Better Care Reconciliation Act. There’s the excuse that they can’t repeal ACA by the reconciliation process, even though, as Michael Cannon of Cato explains, “ACA’s health insurance regulations are inherently […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Trump’s pull-out of Paris accord is good for the poor and for our health

Dr. Jane Orient: Trump’s pull-out of Paris accord is good for the poor and for our health

By Dr. Jane Orient A consortium of medical societies is echoing former President Obama’s dire warning that climate change is the biggest threat facing the world and public health. Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, agrees. Two days before the attack on London Bridge, and after the Manchester bombing, he deplored President Trump’s withdrawal from […]

Dr. Jane Orient: Obamacare disaster can wait: the Russians are coming!

Dr. Jane Orient: Obamacare disaster can wait: the Russians are coming!

By Dr. Jane Orient In 1984, the movie Red Dawn depicted a Russian invasion of the U.S. Tensions were high during the Cold War. The Defense Intelligence Agency’s annual publication Soviet Military Power depicted the awesome threat posed by the Evil Empire’s superpower status. However, as I recall, the “mainstream” media was more worried about […]

Dr. Jane Orient: ObamaCare repeal vs. reality

Dr. Jane Orient: ObamaCare repeal vs. reality

By Dr. Jane Orient The attempt by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other powerful Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) has run into a buzz saw of opposition from both sides. Most proponents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) concede that the Act is “not perfect.” But there […]

Jane Orient: Quality and value in health care explained

Jane Orient: Quality and value in health care explained

By Dr. Jane Orient The congressional echo chamber, on both sides of the aisle, constantly talks about the great reform fad: “payment for value” and “quality” care. And the Medicare version called MACRA passed nearly unanimously, with cheers from the marbled halls of the AMA tower. ObamaCare too constantly harps on “quality.” Politicians seem to […]