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Viewpoints: Dukakis On Keeping ‘Obamacare’; Are Medicare Patients Being Pressured Into Concierge Medicine?

WBUR: Advice To The Next President: The Future Of 'Obamacare' 
The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn't guarantee access to health care for all its citizens. ... That's what Obamacare is designed to fix. ... That's why the next president – whether it is Barack Obama or Mitt Romney — should defend Obamacare and make sure it's fully implemented. Despite what he's said on the campaign trail, Gov. Romney knows this is the responsible thing to do because of what has happened in Massachusetts since the passage of "Romneycare" (Michael Dukakis, 10/31).

The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Cost To The Working Class
It is time to move past the debate over whether ObamaCare was a good or a bad idea. I count myself as an ObamaCare supporter, but this doesn't blind me to the law's flaws. Regardless of who wins the presidential election, bipartisan compromise will be necessary to reform health care in a constructive way (David Gamage, 10/30).

The Wall Street Journal: 'Concierge' Medicine, ObamaCare And The End Of Empathy
Those of us who have spent our careers in the cottage industry of medical practice and working in America's single-payer health-care system known as Medicare hear only this nowadays: "Get ready, changes are coming." The talk is all wonky babble about "primary care medical homes," "accountable care organizations," "service bundling" and "resource-based relative value units." Through the din, one thing is clear: The single practitioner will be unable to survive without joining some much larger entity, or by transforming into a concierge model (Dr. Jerald Winakur, 10/29).

Kansas City Star: Ladies, Claim Your Rights
Lesley Gore recorded the hit "You Don't Own Me" in 1964. Now, almost 50 years later, the song is back in a viral video featuring such celebrities as HBO's "Girls" mastermind Lena Dunham and actress Tracee Ellis Ross singing along. It's a PSA to remind women to protect their bodies and their rights and vote. Politicians have taken aim at reproductive rights, women's healthcare, equal pay and the definition of rape. As Election Day nears, women's rights are in the spotlight, and Hollywood is front and center (Jeneé Osterheldt, 10/30).

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