A BLOG by Kevin Wacasey, M.D.

Meet Martin – The Martyr

Poor Martin Shkreli. His last name aside (and I thought mine was bad), the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals just cannot catch a break. These days everyone it seems – HIV patients, politicians, even a group of witches – have
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The Forest? Or The Trees…

I was saddened to hear that one of my favorite Libertarians, the wonderful journalist John Stossel, has taken ill. True to form however, he’s taking it in stride (he nonchalantly quipped “seems I have lung
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Touché!

It’s time that everyone have a stake in the health insurance game, and recipients of employer-funded programs are no exception. But it’s going to take a seismic shift in attitude from employees who enjoy such perks.
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The Texas Senate Has No Heart

Last month House Bill 767, that would have required electrocardiogram (ECG) screenings in Texas students participating in UIL athletic activities, was passed by the Texas House and sent to the Senate for consideration. Today, five Republican Senators from the Senate
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A Matter of the Heart

Last week, the Texas House of Representatives Public Education Committee voted unanimously to pass a bill requiring students to undergo EKG screenings before participating in UIL events, The bill leaves the burden of paying for the testing
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Say It Ain’t So, Joe. Please.

Recently I searched YouTube for “health insurance,” and this video popped up near the top of the list. Meet Joe Simonds (rhymes with diamonds): author, digital marketing maverick, and guru of the Retirement Think Tank. Now I’m
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Trick? or Treat?

Sara Horowitz is a “genius.” Oh, don’t take my word for it; she was awarded that title, as well as a grant, by the MacArthur Foundation in 1999. Since then, she’s received all kinds of
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The “Good,” The Bad, and The Bronze

Ahhhh, marketing. A good definition of marketing can be found at Wikipedia: “the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.” Actually
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Affordable Health Insurance?!?

Affordable health insurance?!?  In keeping with the Texas educators theme, last fall I spoke with a local high school teacher who told me that she and her high school coach husband were paying $1,540 a
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I Was Worth Every Penny!

Last time I posted a receipt from my birth in 1968. The following is an excerpt from my planned book,Your Money AND Your Life: American Healthcareonomics. “I was born on Saturday, October 12, 1968, at Harris Methodist
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How Much Was I Worth?

Here’s the full receipt from my birth on October 12, 1968:   Do you have yours? If so, find it and stay tuned…   It’s not the COSTS of health care that are outrageous…it’s the
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The Usual Suspects

In 2011, Americans paid $2.7 trillion for health care. That’s more than the economic output of the whole United Kingdom, and over one and a half times more than any other country spent on staying
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