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ObamaCare Snarl, Can Trump Work Magic? Possible Back-to-the-Future Medical Solution

March 15th, 2017 Comments off
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As one of the consummate dealmakers in American history, President Donald Trump is working to pull out all the stops to get a “repeal and replace” solution for ObamaCare done.

With the plan recently put forward by House leadership, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), many are saying that it is likely dead on arrival when it comes to a vote in the Senate.  It faces hurdles in the House too.

While some might be frayed at the thought of a battle such as this, President Trump has gone on the offensive, and turned on the charm.

Beginning with a call to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who joined forces with the conservative House Freedom Caucus last month to deliver their own version of an ObamaCare replacement, President Trump got to work.

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Senator Rand Paul. Credit: Bloomberg.

I think we’re wooing each other,” said Paul. “The president sounded open to my ideas.

While his predecessor was more reserved and reclusive in dealing with lawmakers, President Trump has drawn compliments from many corners.

Trump was talking about how we all got to work together, said Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who was part of a group that met with the President recently.

He even said at one point, ‘Maybe we should meet once a week. Maybe we should meet every four days!’”

According to Bloomberg, even a former Republican presidential competitor and critic sees that there’s a desire to make progress.

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Paul Ryan walks though his plan to replace Obamacare. Credit: 10 News.

He’s in a deal-making mode,” said previous GOP rival, Senator Lindsey Graham.

He’s conservative but he’s not ideological. Most of these deals around here fall apart because of ideological objections. There’s actually a chance for President Trump to do things you could never get another Republican to do.

A Combination Solution for Healthcare?

 

In the video above, Dr. Josh Umbehr of Atlas MD, discusses a potential “best option” for ObamaCare repeal and replacment in terms of controlling costs and providing cost-effective services.  Umbehr’s co-op model that has already been proven in their clinic, and many others who are doing something similar.

For additional insight on this plan and how it would work in combination with the proposed health plan from the Freedom Caucus, MHProNews reached out to a respected MD about the concept.

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Dr. David Murdock. Credit: Healthgrades, where patients rated him 5 out of 5 stars.

I’ve always liked this type of practice. It doesn’t include hospital care or specialty care, but that could be covered by the catastrophic insurance with a large deductible,” Dr. David Murdock, a cardiologist from Wausau, WI, said to MHProNews when asked about this practice. “If I was a primary doctor, I would push this for my patients.”

Murdock explained that this proven medical care system was a case of back-to-the-future.

That’s actually a return to the way medical care was done in the years before Medicare and widespread insurance,” Murdock said. “It’s not new, it’s a return to how it worked well in the past.

You can see the built in mechanism to contain cost,” said Murdock.

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Tiny Prefab Builder Takes His Show on the Road

January 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Inside of a MicroPAD. Credit: Berkeley Side.

Patrick Kennedy, owner of Panoramic Interests, a San Francisco, California based developer specializing in prefab homes, believes he has a partial solution to the Bay Area’s chronic homelessness problem.

Now he’s invited the East Bay city of Berkeley to take a look at that solution with a prototype installed next to City Hall.

According to Berkeley Side, Kennedy, whom the Daily Business News covered recently in his quest to solve the homeless challenge in San Francisco, believes the answer lies in the MicroPAD — a fully furnished, 20 by eight foot steel box, reminiscent of a shipping container that’s designed to house one person, or possibly a couple.

The formula? Stack many of them on top of each other, and they become a building of small housing units.

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Patrick Kennedy. Credit: Biz Journals.

Homelessness has reached a boiling point, and it’s going to get worse,” said Kennedy.

This is a way of creating fast and effective permanent housing for people without homes. And many people are just one paycheck away from being homeless.

Kennedy hopes to build micro housing in Berkeley and nearby Oakland, with an overall goal of providing housing for 5,000 Bay Area homeless people in the next five years.

The Berkeley city council appears to be open to the idea. Council members Ben Bartlett and Linda Maio put an item on the council meeting agenda recently to discuss the units.

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Berkeley, in red. Credit: Google.

The recommendation is that the city identify public land where such housing could be erected, obtain zoning and permitting approval for a 4-story, 100-unit building, identify a housing nonprofit to manage and operate the property, and establish criteria to determine who would be eligible to live there.

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Linda Maio and  Ben Bartlett. Credit: Official photos.

I ran across micro-units about a year ago and I was really excited,” said Bartlett.

Having people on the street is a huge concern for me and my constituents. The waiting time for housing for many of the homeless is over a decade and the funding sources for supportive housing is drying up. This could be a way to build housing rapidly and cheaply — it looks like a silver bullet.

As was the case in San Francisco, Kennedy is aware his proposals will be met with some scrutiny, and perhaps resistance, in Berkeley.

He also believes there is an urgency to address the ongoing housing crisis, and that there are options for funding.

Paying for housing city by city is problematic,” said Kennedy.

Why should Berkeley fund it all? Homeless people are not citizens of any city. It would make sense for the county, or even the state to fund it, to spread the burden, use some creative financing.

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A view of the MicroPAD. Credit: Berkeley Side.

At least one member of the homeless community is already scrutinizing the idea.

Me and one of my friends have seen the MicroPAD and it doesn’t look very well built,” said Mike Zint, founder of First They Came for the Homeless.

Zint and other advocates support building “tiny homes” as a solution.

Homeless advocate Mike Lee said that he believes tiny homes can be built for $10,000 each.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the rules governing tiny homes vary greatly by county, as we covered in the case of a Washington State builder recently. ##

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