I'm sorry for my oversight which wouldn't have happened if...."I had thought that apologizing was a straightforward act, but I now realize that it is a nuanced art form. We've all heard the 'mistakes were made' version, usually issued by politicians who attempt to insert a layer of passive voice insulation between themselves and their screw ups. There is also the ever present conditional apology which by definition falls short of complete responsibility acceptance. The template here is: "
Among people age 85 and older, half need some long-term care." 1Most of us will need significant help from caregivers as we age. The risk of needing long-term services and supports (LTSS) rises rapidly with age. "
The main providers of LTSS are family (including partners and close friends) of the care recipients. The care needs of age 80+ seniors are being met by their children – members of the baby boomer generation.
Though I have been accused by various commenters as protecting my own specialty when I point out excesses, flaws and conflicts of interest in the medical profession, this accusation would be handily dismantled after a fair reading of prior posts. Indeed, my own specialty of gastroenterology and my own medical practice has felt the effects of the honed Whistleblower scalpel. If an individual or an institution will not willingly engage in self-criticism, then it creates a credibility gap that may be impossible to bridge. If you want a seat at the table, then arrive exposed and humble.
Did you hear about the court decision in Halbig, et al v Sebelius? The suit was brought by six businesses against the employer mandate under ObamaCare. The federal District Judge, Paul Friedman, refused a preliminary injunction against the government, but he did say the case would be decided on an expedited basis. That court joins Pruitt v. Sebelius, a case from Oklahoma. There is yet another suit to be heard by month-end in Richmond, Virginia.
What is going on?
What Are Health Insurance Marketplaces?
Over the next two months consumers will be bombarded with information about Health Insurance Marketplaces (sometimes called "exchanges.") The marketplaces will be a great place for many consumers to shop for, compare, and purchase health insurance. It's a new way for individuals, families, and employees of small businesses to get health insurance.