The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been making some important investments in the health of Americans. A few weeks ago, we told you that the HHS allocated $137 million to improve public health by helping Americans quit smoking and by reducing the spread of diseases across the country through the development and distribution of immunizations.
In a dramatic headline in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Scott Gottlieb brazenly tells the reader that being covered by Medicaid "is worse than no coverage at all."
Unfortunately for readers, the research Dr. Gottlieb cites does not tell the whole story about Medicaid coverage and his claim that having no coverage is better than being covered by Medicaid is absurd.
It’s true what they say; you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.
And when you look at the numbers, it really is quite astounding just how important early detection and preventive care is to staying healthy.
Heart disease is the leading killer among men and women in the United States. Type 2 diabetes affects 23 million Americans. And breast cancer will claim 40,000 lives this year alone. But by catching disease early, chances for survival increase exponentially.
As the second night of the Democratic National Convention got under way, women once again played a major role. From Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren, it’s clear women’s issues are a hot topic. But the speaker that stood out the most for me was Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK, and one of the nuns on the bus. For me and my Families USA colleagues, Sister Simone holds a special place in our hearts.
You may have heard that thanks to the Affordable Care Act, preventive services are now offered free-of-charge to people with new insurance plans. And while it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that nipping health care problems in the bud improves public health in the long term, you may have a few questions about how the new policy might benefit you today.
Aesop tells us an interesting story called “The Crab and His Mother.” The fable goes:
A crab said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young crab replied: "Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it." The mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.
Hold that thought for just a moment, while Senator Orrin Hatch tells us another interesting story.
Many Americans today are not getting the check-ups that they need, and we know that focusing on early detection and prevention saves lives. So the White House, along with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, are making an investment in preventive care.
This week, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations around prevention, which were made available as a result of health reform.
With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like yesterday that Sarah Palin was speaking into every microphone she could find lamenting that health reform would lead to President Obama personally pulling the plug on your grandma.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s been exactly one year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama and not one beloved grandmother has been subjected to a death panel.