Tag Archives: Healthcare

Saturday Morning Live for May 9, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Dr. Roger Stark, of the Washington Policy Center. How are things progressing, or regressing with regards to health care and health insurance in our state?  

Read More »

What’s a Curmudgeon? Answer: Experience Speaking Common Sense

Last week at the Northwest Washington Fair my good-friend Lorraine found a special local magazine published for senior retirees, Northwest Retirement Magazine. Northwest Retirement Magazine is a print and online publication full of articles and advertising which focuses on the needs of seniors. The magazine has a regular feature called Curmudgeon’s Corner that shares an anonymous writer’s perspective on daily life. Lorraine shared this article with me and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with you. Northwest Retirement Magazine is a free publication, so I trust that I am not violating anyone’s property rights by sharing this article published in the latest issue of their free magazine for retired people. Please enjoy the Curmudgeon’s Corner. If you know the author of this article please tell them I said thank you. Their words plucked a string in my heart and made me laugh today. ~ Kris Halterman 

Read More »

Does Taxing Peacehealth Solve the Problem?

The COB accepted public comment on Agenda Bill 20388, to hear the public’s opinion on the Bellingham City Council’s proposal to: Subject: Public Hearing on proposed ordinance repealing the B&O tax exemption for nonprofit religious healthcare providers and adopting healthcare-specific deductions and exemptions contained in the Washington State B&O tax code Summary Statement: On April 21, 2014, Council directed staff to hold a Public Hearing on changes to the Bellingham Municipal Code that eliminates the current B&O tax exemption for nonprofit religious healthcare providers and adopts healthcare specific deductions and exemptions contained in the Washington State B&O tax code. Previous Council Action: Council work sessions July 15, 2013, August 12, 2013, November 4, 2013, January 27, 2014, and April 21, 2014. Fiscal Impact: Repealing the B&O tax exemption may result in an increase in General Fund revenue of up to $1,200,000 annually. Funding Source: General Fund Many private medical practices and clinics have been absorbed into the Peacehealth umbrella due to the changing landscape of health care delivery, costs of operations and reimbursement rates. The last blow to the City of Bellingham’s business and occupation tax structure was when Madrona Medical joined with Peacehealth. Madrona Medical apparently was left with …

Read More »

Almost Twenty-Two Years Later … Whether it’s Hillarycare or Obamacare … What difference does it make now?

This weekend I received two emails.  The first email had this cartoon image from 1992 and the current news topic of the day, Hillarycare.  Later that day I received an email from a friend who had found the original article which addressed the issues portrayed within the cartoon.  It has been said that if you wait long enough history will always repeat itself.  In 1992 the public has enough sense to know that they did not want the government to take over their private sector health care or health insurance.  Since that time the States creeped in quasi versions of Hillarycare.  In 2010 the Federal Government pushed through their version known as Obamacare. Enjoy this blast from the past and ask yourself…what difference does it make now? ~ Kris Halterman The Dark Lessons of Utopia FEBRUARY 01, 1992 by ALEX KOZINSKI Judge Kozinski, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, left Romania in 1961 at age 11. An earlier version of this article appeared in The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 58 (Spring 1991). Copyright © 1991 by Alex Kozinski While I was at UCLA in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, tout …

Read More »

Saturday Morning Live for November 23, 2013

Dr. Roger Stark of the Washington Policy Center  and Dr. Robert C Affolter, D.C., join host Kris Halterman to discuss the Affordable Care Act.  Is it working?  Is it affordable? Is the Washington State Exchange system any better than the Federal Exchange?  Will the private insurance industry survive?  Can it work?  Does it address costs?  Solutions?  And, many other questions will be addressed on today’s show. Dr. Roger Stark is a health care policy analyst at WPC and a retired physician. He is the author of the book The Patient-Centered Solution: Our Health Care Crisis, How It Happened, and How We Can Fix It. He has also authored numerous in-depth studies on health care policy, including State Abuse of the Medicaid Program, A Review of the Medicaid Program: Its Impact in Washington State and Efforts at Reform in Other States, What Works and What Doesn’t: A Review of Health Care Reform in the States, andHealth Care Reform that Works: An Update on Health Savings Accounts. Dr. Stark graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and moved to the Pacific Northwest where he completed his general surgery residency in Seattle and his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Utah. After practicing in Tacoma he …

Read More »

More Government Lies and Media Ineptness

With all of the hoopla about the implementation for all insurance plans to offer what government mandates as a core package of services as the product(s) that health insurance carriers must offer to the consumer, they are spinning the truth and missing the big picture. When my husband and I chose our health insurance plan we did so intentionally to cover ourselves for the level of coverage we needed and we chose a plan that allowed us to put money into a Health Savings Account which we use to pay all  of our co-pays and deductible costs.  What we wanted was health insurance plan that would pay for what we could not comfortably pay for ourselves.  When we chose our plan, we also set aside personal funds monthly in to our Health Savings Account, so that we would always have the money available to pay for our deductibles and co-pays without disruption to our monthly budget.  This has other advantages, such as the money was allowed to grow, it reduced our annual taxable income and it would be available for us to spend in our retirement years for other purchases beyond medical expenses. After December 31st, 2013, our plan is …

Read More »

US Government Shutdown Attempts to Inflict Maximum Pain

This website is dedicated to local issues, so some of you might ask why I am sharing a post about Obamacare?  Well, Obamacare is affecting everyone including Whatcom County individuals and businesses.  Lately I have begun to hear people refer to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, as ObamaScare.  After receiving my personal notification from Regence on the discontinuation of my current plan and what they can replace it with for double the cost, I believe ObamaScare is the right label to give this unconstitutional  affront to the American public.  How is it possible that the best and the brightest minds in Washington D.C. cannot contemplate the economic devastation that will occur when over 10% of your disposable income is taken away from the vast majority of the American, tax paying public?  How do you spell insanity? OBAMA SCARE, or OBAMASCARE? Karl Uppiano is the President of our local Whatcom Tea Party and frequently posts to his personal blog, Kakistocracy Report, Kakistocracy, (Government by the least qualified or least principled citizens).  If you have not met Karl or read any of his personal opinion postings, then you are in for a treat.  Whatcom County is blessed with a diverse community …

Read More »

Affordable Health Care? Do we need another “Lemon Law?”

Are you asking President Obama and the Honorable Members of Congress, “You saved the people from buying a bad car, why not save the people from something far worse, Obamacare? That’s what lemon laws are for, aren’t they?” How do we grow jobs and business in Whatcom County or anyplace in the United States with this lemon hanging around our necks?  The Patient Protection Act was sold to the consumers as affordable and good for jobs and businesses.  How did something that sucks 10% of peoples household incomes from them, provides worse coverage and confuses the majority of the consumers now forced to buy-it and like-it, pass through the halls of Congress? From Wikipedia: “Lemon laws are American state laws that provide a remedy for purchasers of cars and other consumer goods in order to compensate for products that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. Although there may be defective products of all sorts ranging from small electrical appliances to huge pieces of machinery, and there is even a “puppy lemon law,” the term “lemon” is generally thought of as applying to defective vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, SUV’s, motorcycles, etc.” ~ Kris Halterman Contact your representatives …

Read More »

Congressman Larsen admits Obamacare isn’t perfect

In 2009 through 2010 the American public was very clear about how they felt about the passing of Obamacare (PPACA).  The publics response in 2009/2010, according to Congressman Larsen was, “No” and “Hell No!”  But Congressman Larsen let the little people know that he knew better and that Obamacare would slow down health insurance and medical costs immediately and curb the cost curve downward in the future. Two weeks ago I received the new rates for both my sons health insurance premiums and on a separate plan the premium rate increase for my husband and I.  Both are slated to take effect on January 1, 2013.  My sons plan increases from $102.00 to $220.00, with a  higher deductible, co-pay and out of pocket maximum as another kick in the rear for good measure.  The health insurance premiums for my husband and I are going from $556.00 per month for both of us to $1080.00 per month for both of us.  Again, higher deductibles, co-pays and out of pocket maximums. So now Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing for the middle class who will be crushed by these changes.  Whether it is due to a +100% increases in …

Read More »