Only 2 percent of E-prescribing alerts prompted any action from physicians during patient visits. Most alerts were “too much, too late.”
The marriage tax: Overturning DOMA could increase federal tax revenues by $1 billion a year.
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As with any consumer good or service, there are potential pitfalls. But, if everyone used one, there would be both direct benefits and societal benefits. It Kaiser’s way of thinking were applied to other markets, cars would be limited to only 30 mph and would have to be driven by a trained chauffer to avoid mistakes by untrained layman.
If the Supreme Court simply overturns the Defense of Marriage Act, it is not clear that there would be any immediate impact unless the administration decides to reinterpret the tax code and other federal laws. Prior to DOMA, the IRS disallowed deductions based on marital status when claimed by same-sex couples based on existing law. Similarly, other federal agencies denied such benefit claims. So a Supreme Court decision may just reset the clock to 1995.
I dislike the government having any say in marriage whatsoever. As marriage is a religious institution, the government has no business being involved at all. However, let the government issue and tax civil unions as they please.
As technologically advanced and accurate computerized systems may be, physicians should never rely on them 100%. They should always have some sort of back-up plan in case these systems don’t work as efficiently as they should. This is to avoid these kinds of delays or mistakes where patients end up getting affected.
There is always a chance you can go wrong with computerized systems…They certainly make a physicians job a lot easier in certain instances, but it’s always necessary to go a little further and not entirely rely on them.
Marriage is not just a legal institution. The government is not deciding who can get married inside a Christian church. The government is deciding who can be married in the eyes of the law.
Then use a term other than marriage – civil union perhaps.
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