Andrew Coates http://wamc.org en Andrew Coates: Facing Death And Hope http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-facing-death-and-hope <p>A man in his 90s became very ill and was brought to the hospital by ambulance. The emergency room physician called and asked me to admit the patient to the intensive care unit. I was upstairs in the hospital. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 85336 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: The Urgency For Health Reform Returns http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-urgency-health-reform-returns <p>This week NY State of Health, also named "The Official Health Plan Marketplace," put out a press release to celebrate a milestone.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:42:31 +0000 Andrew Coates 84889 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: Time To Reflect http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-time-reflect <p>December arrives under honking Geese. As the last dying leaves find their way to the ground, frost tints the mornings, snow flurries lick the landscape, and Orion rises before bedtime. Holiday gatherings have begun. Time away from work and school might not allow us a whole day for reflection. But we might each find at least a moment of reverie or pause.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 79329 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: Why Are They All Saying "Single Payer?" http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-why-are-they-all-saying-single-payer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week we saw a domestic national news cycle dominated by the "glitches" that derailed the launch of the web-based exchanges where uninsured American people and their small business employers can shop for private health insurance. This week, as stories about private health insurance continue to dominate the headlines, the term "single payer" has bobbed up with increasing frequency.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 76853 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: Glitches http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-glitches <p>Today, commentator Dr. Andrew Coates discusses the glitches plaguing the Affordable Care Act website.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 76326 at http://wamc.org Coates: Political Divisions Harm Health http://wamc.org/post/coates-political-divisions-harm-health <p>The government shutdown and the disconnect on health care By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.</p><p>I&rsquo;d like to offer some thoughts this week about the discussion over health care in Washington. We&rsquo;re heading into the second week of the federal government shutdown, in which the right wing of Congress has demanded that President Obama step back from his health reform.</p><p>This reveals to me the shocking disconnect between the center-stage discussion in Washington and the everyday discussion we have at our kitchen tables, at our jobs, and with our friends.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 75413 at http://wamc.org A Man Who Worked Too Hard http://wamc.org/post/man-who-worked-too-hard <p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 74065 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: For The Health Of Each And All http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-health-each-and-all <p>We physicians earn a place in society that yields great scientific and human insight, the impact of illness upon individual lives. Yet we are encouraged by forces inside and outside our profession to look away from the big picture. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 73037 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: On Democracy http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-democracy <p>My mother and my public school teachers taught me that the foundations of democracy were based upon centuries of struggle to protect personal dignity from the abuses of the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Andrew Coates 72575 at http://wamc.org Andrew Coates: A Profession Full Of Human Beings http://wamc.org/post/andrew-coates-profession-full-human-beings <p>A long time ago when I was about to apply to medical school and struggling with college courses in organic chemistry and calculus and the like, a friend pointedly mocked my desire to become a physician.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Andrew Coates 72097 at http://wamc.org