Obama To Labor Unions With Multi-employer Health Plans: Drop Dead

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Obama kept them at bay by assuring labor leaders that he was working on the problem. Unions told Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that we have a problem [and] you need to fix it. But with Republicans in firm control of the House of Representatives, Democrats have no ability to unilaterally rewrite Obamacare in order to please labor leaders. On Wednesday, Terence OSullivan, president of the Laborers International Union of North America, said , If the Affordable Care Act is not fixed, and it destroys the health and welfare funds that we have fought for and stand for, then I believe it needs to be repealed. A century ago, labor unions opposed government health insurance Its for these reasons that labor unions historically opposed government-sponsored health insurance. Unions have long known that a major reason that people join unionsand thereby a major source of their income and powercomes from their role as the middleman who negotiates health benefit plans with employers. If the government offered health insurance directly to workers, workers would have much less need to unionize.
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Digital Health Investments Benefiting Business, Careers

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Health Care Reform:

Finance Tue, Sep 17, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT – U.S. 17, 2013 /CNW/ – When Arlene Silverstein embarked on a careerin kinesiology, focussing on chronic disease prevention and management, the last thing she expected was for information technology to become a central part of her work. “Part of the reason I became interested in kinesiology was the interaction with patients and the sense that I was choosing a career that would give me the opportunity to help people,” said Silverstein. “Today, I am still helping patients, but in a more innovative way, thanks to digital health.” In 2011, Silverstein joined Ontario’s Osteoporosis Strategy at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, focussing on Telehealth. “I knew little of what Telehealth encompassed at the time,” Silverstein said. “But now, I’m versed on the technology and get great satisfaction from being part of a team that helps deliver care virtually to patients from remote and underserviced communities in Ontario. Digital health has had a tremendous impact on my career, which is important because I see it, along with the associated skills, as an emerging competency that will allow me to take my career into realms that I never envisioned when I became a clinician.” Silverstein, an ImagineNation Impact Challenge award recipient, is among a number of Canadians from across the country being recognized with a professional development award for sharing their stories about how digital health has impacted their careers or businesses. Vancouver’s Matthew Chow and Patricia McHugh from Gander, Newfoundland join Silverstein as recipients of the ImagineNation Impact Awards for their career stories. Toronto’s Richard Norman is both an Impact Award recipient and recipient of the Emerging Professional Award. The Business Impact Challenge, which focussed on the benefits of digital health from a business perspective, also generated entries from across Canada. Three participants, selected through a draw from among the entries, have the privilege of allocating a $2,000 donation to an accredited Canadian academic institution of their choice:
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5 things to know about electronic health records

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The results are not surprising, experts say, because employers have not had to extend health benefits to an employee’s same-sex partner — or that partner’s children. But the study does highlight a less-talked-about aspect of the debate on gay marriage , said lead researcher Gilbert Gonzales, a Ph.D. candidate in health policy and management at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “We’re fairly certain from past research that access to health insurance does directly affect children’s health ,” Gonzales said. But there’s been little research into whether same-sex couples’ kids lack access.
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