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Why “Medicare for All” Is a Pipe Dream

By Alieta Eck, MD

Dr. Alieta Eck

As I listened to the Town Hall where Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proclaimed his dream of Medicare for All, I realized that he was speaking in vague generalities that were void of realism. Medical care would be “free at the point of service with no co-pays.” Would there be any brakes on the over-utilization of services? He had no answer. He thus needs to understand that the demand for medical services is limitless when other people are paying the bill.

A pipe dream is an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes. The suggestion that “Medicare for all” would save money is surely an example of a pipe dream promoted by politicians seeking votes.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

CDC warns of new fungus infection that struck 2 in N.J.

assetcontentFederal officials are warning doctors nationwide about a new fungal infection that is potentially fatal – and resistance to most antibiotics. Two of the seven cases reported so far involved New Jersey patients who were treated at the same unidentified New Jersey hospital, said the health care alert issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CDC warns of new fungus infection that struck 2 in N.J.

N.J. residents with Obamacare only have two choices next year

assetcontentTRENTON — New Jersey residents will only be able to choose between two companies this year in the federal health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2017 begins on Tuesday and lasts through January. New Jersey residents can choose between plans from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey or… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. residents with Obamacare only have two choices next year

N.J. lawmakers takes action on surprise out-of-network medical costs

assetContent (20)TRENTON — A state Assembly committee Monday approved legislation that would prevent consumers from getting surprise out-of-network medical bills that can saddle them with huge bills. The measure would require hospitals and doctors to disclose whether they are part of a person’s insurance network before treatment occurs. The bill was praised by consumer advocates and picked… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. lawmakers takes action on surprise out-of-network medical costs

Deception and Distraction: An Inaccurate Report on Health Benefits Remains Inaccurate Nearly 4 Year later

DiBella for webBy Joseph M. DiBella

Recently the Asbury Park Press published a story based on a widely criticized and discredited State Comptroller’s 2012 report examining the state of health benefits for public workers of municipalities, county governments and school districts. The report, which was panned by most benefit and insurance professional at the time as being actuarially and statistically invalid, also failed to accurately reflect the process local governments must use when selecting benefits for its employees. The report made for good headlines, but it didn’t make for good policy.

The takeaway of the report was that local entities in New Jersey — counties, townships, boroughs, school districts — could simply join the state health benefit plan and save the state $100 million dollars. But that wasn’t correct then and it isn’t correct now. The report overlooked the fact that benefits are collectively bargained for and can’t simply be changed on whim or all at once. It also made the false assumption that just by merging all the groups across the state, their claims history, which is how insurance policies are priced, would miraculously get better and generate savings. Finally, the report largely blamed local benefit brokers and consultants for the high cost of health care for public plans even though the cost of brokerage services is about 2% to 3% of the total cost of healthcare. The state plan is a solution for many public employers as are other private plan options. The key is to examine all of the options and align the entity with the best solution for their circumstances.

The report was largely discredited and dismissed at the time of its issuance by industry experts for being naïve and non-factual. But because it includes an eye-popping alleged savings number, the nearly 4 years old report is regularly dusted off and re-circulated by political operatives and media types looking to re-create a controversy that never existed.

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Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County News, ObamaCare, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Asbury Park Police Officer Busted For Putting His Sister On His Heath Insurance

Alix Antoine, 36, an Asbury Park Police Officer, was arrested on Monday and charged with second degree Official Misconduct, Conspiracy to Commit Official Misconduct, Insurance Fraud and third degree Tampering with Public Records.  Antoine’s sister, Patricia Louis, a/k/a Patricia Antoine, 43, of Clifton, was charged with one count each of second degree Conspiracy to Commit Official Misconduct and Insurance Fraud.

According to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Antoine filed documents in connection with his employment as a police officer enabling Patricia to obtain medical benefits she was not entitled to receive.

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Posted: June 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Asbury Park Police Officer Busted For Putting His Sister On His Heath Insurance

Interactive Map: Where Are NJ’s Safest Hospitals — and Which Were Rated ‘Poor?’


Hospitals MapZoom in and move the map to see facilities in areas where a number are close together or search by municipality. More than half of New Jersey’s hospitals aced the safety report card issued twice a year by a healthcare watchdog organization, but that doesn’t mean patients are completely safe from preventable errors. Earlier this week,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Interactive Map: Where Are NJ’s Safest Hospitals — and Which Were Rated ‘Poor?’

Texas Nurse’s Ebola Infection Worries NJ Healthcare Workers

ebolaEbola virus. In the wake of a Texas nurse contracting Ebola from a patient, New Jersey hospitals are ramping up drills and training to better prepare their staffs to prevent any spread of the virus in the state. Healthcare workers have expressed concerns about what they should be doing to protect themselves and their patients, and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Ebola, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Texas Nurse’s Ebola Infection Worries NJ Healthcare Workers

Trends Toward Greater Doctor Shortage Worry State Legislators

New Jersey policymakers looking to address a looming shortage of doctors in the state need to act quickly, as the problem appears to be getting worse and more quickly than predicted. More of the state’s medical residents are planning to leave the…

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Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Caroline Casagrande, Health Care, News, NJNewsCommons, RePost | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Why ObamaCare Cannot Succeed

Dr. Alieta Eck

Dr. Alieta Eck

By Dr. Aleita Eck, MD

Question: If a $600/month   insurance policy only costs the individual $33, what does it REALLY   cost?

Answer: $600, with $567 less in purchasing power for the hard-working taxpayer who is subsidizing it.

Smoke and mirrors make for bad   policy. When we buy any type of insurance, we weigh the benefits of the policy   against the loss of the money we must put out to purchase the policy. When we ask the taxpayers to subsidize our policy, all such reasoning   disappears.

Most of us have limited funds, so we must choose carefully. Wise people insure against major loss, such as our house burning down. Most of us believe that paying $1,000 per year is reasonable, as the cost to rebuild a house is hundreds of thousands of   dollars. Insurance gives us peace of mind, even though the chance of our house burning down is statistically very low.

For many reasons, we have allowed health insurance to defy all the principles of insurance. There is something emotional about health insurance. Maybe it is because we fear death and want to be sure it does not happen to us any time soon. Maybe it is watching others suffer from illness and want insurance to assure that they get well, do not suffer, and have all their bills paid.

We have actually been duped into thinking that someone else ought to pay for all the health care we need.   Politicians gain support and votes when they assure the masses that they care   about their health. And insurance companies are more than happy to offer generous policies since commissions and CEO compensation are a percentage of the premiums.

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Posted: September 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Alieta Eck, Obama, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | 11 Comments »