healthcare reform

More Americans Turn to Acupuncture as Medical Costs Rise

year after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, many Americans are still struggling to get their insurance to cover basic medical treatments. And now Americans are increasingly exploring less expensive alternatives to traditional Western medicine -- like acupuncture.

Almost Half of All Americans Are on Drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that found that almost half of all Americans took at least one prescription drug per month in 2008, up from 43.5% a decade ago.

Why Health Care Reform May Not Be Able to Trim Costs

The health care reform bill promises cost savings in the billions over the years. But it does little to reduce to the power of industry operators, which operate like cartels, and whose influence may make those cost savings difficult if not impossible to achieve.

Don't Forget the 'Health' in Health Care Reform

It's assumed that expanding health coverage is the same thing as improving Americans' health. Not true. If Congress were serious about improving health, then some of the $1 trillion for health reform could go toward fitness programs including rebates for being fit.

Salvaging Health Care After the Massachusetts Upset

The Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown was widely seen as a referendum on health care reform. But while Brown's victory means the current plans for reform may not pass, it doesn't mean that the system is any less in need of major change.