The Zadroga Health Care Bill


Senate Republicans are blocking a vote on a bill to provide medical coverage for first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center site. I was not aware of this until I saw the full story on The Daily Show Thursday night.  Along with editorial comment, four first responders were guests, who explained that their healthcare benefits had been discontinued and they were fighting with Workers’ Comp carriers for every dime of health care they received.  You can see the show here:

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The bill has passed the house, and is languishing due to Republican stalling tactics.  They refuse to consider it on the floor because the week between Christmas and New Years is “sacred to them and their families”.

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SHAME on the Republican Senators for withholding action on this bill.  This is NOT and should not be a political matter.  It’s A human matter for Americans who sacrificed. You can find contact information at:

Al Weigand is a health care analyst based in Jacksonville, FL.

More on the Global Reimbursement Deal Between BIDMC’s Physician Organization and BCBSMA

Here’s a follow-up to yesterday’s Paul Levy article about the global reimbursement arrangement between the 1800 physician Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts’. This video interview and accompanying article are with Dr. Stuart Rosenberg, a “Payment Reform Experimenter-in-Chief.”

Weekend Special: Reckless Medicine


Originally Published on 11/20/10 in Discover here.

Lana Keeton is accustomed to taking her licks standing up. She has worked as a steel broker and boxing promoter who rubbed elbows with Don King in the rough-and-tumble fighting world. She is also a kickboxer who doesn’t like to lose. But in 2001 a routine surgical procedure knocked her off her feet and led to the loss of her health, her business, and her dream home, a three-bedroom condominium in Miami Beach.

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