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    Order aims to reveal real health care costs By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, June 24, 2019     Our thanks and credit to AP for running this article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.  WE HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR FULL DISCLOSURE OF FEES BY HOSPITALS FOR  MORE THAN 15 YEARS. IT MAY BE THAT HOSPITALS WILL HAVE TO DISCLOSE ALL PRICES, FEES AND SPECIAL DISCOUNTS TO THE PUBLIC IN ADVANCE. THIS WILL BE HATED BY THE HOSPITAL INDUSTRY BUT WELCOME BY CONSUMERS AND PATIENTS.    Forever, it seems, the hospital industry has not disclosed fees. When my wife had an operation, and it resulted in a tragic stroke, we awoke to see bills topping $600,000-$800,000 and ever climbing. We were shocked that they never disclosed or consulted with us on the hospital fees in advance. This new order from Washington will change all of this and probably result in more competitive fees -- perhaps fees based on the quality and standards of care. We will follow this and report in more detail as things go forward. Some of the facts of real life cases may shock you, but we plan to name institutions and stories of medical doctors which will amaze. When I sat on the board of governors of the Shriners Childrens Hospital, I saw hospitals at work from the inside. But the Shriners never charge a fee. Normal hospitals like those you and I must use charge astronomical fees. Stay Tuned. Ben B. Boothe, Sr.   

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sent out an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down .

    The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to save money. For example, if a hospital charges your insurer $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test costs $550 in a doctor’s office, you might go for the lower-price procedure to save on copays.…


  • Jun 26, 2019 | Politics  

    Kids, Poor Immigrants, Immigration, and Ethical Values of the USA

    Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, his wife Tania Vanessa and his daughter, Valeria, near her 2-year birthday, hiked from El Salvador to escape the gangs, drug wars, corruption and dangerous living conditions...


  • Jun 12, 2019 | Politics  


    THE NEW TAX LAW IS NOT DOING WHAT REPUBLICANS PROMISED, BUT INSTEAD IS RAISING BUDGET DEFICITS AND COSTING OUR NATION AND MOST AMERICANS MORE. In fact, the new tax law has not created a budget surplus, it has only given financial gifts to big business and cut tax deductions, penalizing Americans and causing losses for most of them...


  • May 4, 2019 | Politics  

    Texas Lyceum, one of the most influential organizations in Texas

    May 3, 2019, marked the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of Texas Lyceum. It was in 1980 that Texas Business Magazine published an article about the Rising Stars of Texas. The magazine had been running articles exploring concepts of encouraging and developing enlightened leadership...


  • Jan 15, 2019 | Politics  

    Republican Sheriff on Texas Border says, "TO HELL WITH TRUMP WALL"

    Politics in Texas, especially in rural Texas, are conservative -- very conservative. So when people like the Republican Sheriff who has to patrol the border, speaks out it reflects a broader opinion. He is in charge of a part of the southern border of Texas where Trump's wall is routed to go. He says, "To hell with the wall right now." I for one do not ignore local area sheriffs...


  • Nov 6, 2018 | Politics  

    Today, Tuesday Nov 6, 2018. VOTE

    VOTE TODAY This day, we have the privilege to vote...not as a Democrat or Republican, but as Americans. Be American, and voice your vote. I was number 1 in the line to vote in my neighborhood. Fun time, fun group of patriots. Be patriotic, VOTE! Ben Boothe, Sr. PS...


  • Aug 16, 2018 | Politics  

    A Free Press is the Best Friend the American People Have

    We join 350 newspapers in America in stating, "The free press of America is not the enemy." A look at the world indicates that only 13 percent of the world's population, ONLY 13 percent of people, enjoy a free press. Basic to America are "Freedom of the Press" and "Freedom of Speech...


  • Apr 16, 2018 | Politics  

    Montesquieu defined separation of powers in democratic government (throwing out tyranny)

    MONTESQUIEU (1689-1755) also known as Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brede et de Montesquieu, was a man of letters, a judge, and a political philosopher in France. Montesquieu was an important voice in defining a philosophy of SEPARATION OF POWERS. His philosophy is important to the United States of America today...


  • Mar 16, 2018 | Politics  


    The early NRA believed in gun control as a matter of public safety. “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns," then-NRA President Karl T. Frederick told members of the House Ways and Means Committee, when they were considering passing the National Firearms Act in 1934. "I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses...


  • Mar 6, 2018 | Politics  

    Whatever Happened to the Socratic Process in America?

    It seems that political discourse has devolved to people yelling at one another. The louder and more emotional the voice, the more it seems that "that voice" has won. People speak, but they do not listen. They do not interact. They react. Imagine if you can two men, both Adolf Hitler, in a room yelling at one another. That seems to be what we have today in our political discourse...


  • Feb 20, 2018 | Politics  

    Real Gun Violence Reduction by Ben Boothe Jr., Attorney

    REAL GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION By: Ben B. Boothe Jr, Attorney At Law, Ft. Worth, Texas Trump said today he was going to get bump stocks banned. Well that is good. But it is a little like telling the widow of a drunk-driving victim that we are going to lower the speed limit. Of course we should have reasonable speed limits, just as obviously as we should ban bump stocks...


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