Doug Ulman
Cancer survivor

Doug Ulman

Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and president of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Archive: Doug Ulman

Goodbye, dirty tricks

The reason many in the cancer community are elated are the tangible benefits right around the corner and the elimination of the worst of the dirty tricks practiced by insurers.

By Doug Ulman | March 30, 2010; 06:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

This is it

This will radically change the lives of many Americans. And it's about time.

By Doug Ulman | March 19, 2010; 05:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

The health care whipping boy

Certainly the insurance industry bears a hefty amount of blame for Americans' dissatisfaction.

By Doug Ulman | March 11, 2010; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

What WERE They Thinking??

Throughout history, there are examples of clearly bad choices about which are endlessly asked, "What WERE they thinking?" New Coke; auto company execs taking private planes to Washington to ask for bail-out money; the mullet; Gigli. But the Anthem Blue...

By Doug Ulman | February 18, 2010; 05:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Back to square one?

While a small bill approach may be politically palatable, the best policy outcome for people affected by cancer would be passing a comprehensive health care reform bill.

By Doug Ulman | February 5, 2010; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The genie is out of the bottle

What we hoped to hear tonight was a call for Congress to get back to work on an issue that literally determines life or death for many of us. And much to our relief, we did.

By Doug Ulman | January 28, 2010; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Starting from scratch?

You couldn't write fiction more dramatic than this. Sen. Brown's election will reset the clock on the entire health-care reform effort, throwing many Americans' hopes for accessible, affordable care into jeopardy.

By Doug Ulman | January 20, 2010; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

It's about time

Both bills ensure that there will be no annual or lifetime coverage limits and both bills prohibit discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, like cancer.

By Doug Ulman | January 7, 2010; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

It all depends

Should the Senate have ditched the Medicare buy-in? The simple answer is it depends. Since the actual nuts and bolts of the idea were never made public, all of us pundits can offer an educated opinion but I'm afraid all we're doing is speculating.

By Doug Ulman | December 18, 2009; 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Evidence can cut both ways

More women will indeed be lost, particularly in underserved communities, if these guidelines are followed. Evidence-based medicine and policy ought to lead to fewer deaths, not more.

By Doug Ulman | December 10, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Remember the patients

We've come a long way. I'm thrilled to be at a point in time where my assignment is to offer my thoughts on amending a bill that could reshape the health care landscape.

By Doug Ulman | December 4, 2009; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deadline schmeadline

Let's examine the alternative: no deadline. I can picture the current health-care debate creeping far into 2010, derailing on middling controversies and irrevocably mired in partisan dissent.

By Doug Ulman | November 17, 2009; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, Your Life-Saving Treatment Isn't Covered...

Imagine you're one of the 1.4 million Americans diagnosed with cancer this year. Your oncologist tells you about a clinical trial she believes will get you the newest and best treatment for your particular strain of the disease. You grab...

By Doug Ulman | November 6, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

If Only It Were That Easy...

If only there were a golden health care system somewhere in the world that stood as a shining example of affordability, fairness, excellence in care and swift delivery. The truth is that while there are nations who have done a...

By Doug Ulman | October 24, 2009; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best We Can Do?

I get it. It's a tough situation and they're doing their best. But I refuse to believe that the best we can do still leaves millions and millions of Americans behind.

By Doug Ulman | October 16, 2009; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Missing the Forest for the Trees?

Republicans fear employer mandates will impose significant financial burdens on companies and put them out of business. Democrats argue that employers have to take responsibility for the health of their workers. Both have a point.

By Doug Ulman | October 9, 2009; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Savings at Seniors' Expense or Crucial Cost-Cutting?

If our seniors are worse off after reform than they are now, then we've failed. The health care overhaul must not inadvertently hurt those we're trying to help the most, among them retired Americans on fixed incomes who are particularly vulnerable to cost increases.

By Doug Ulman | October 1, 2009; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cadillacs are in the eye of the beholder

The intent is pure. The execution, however, may have the opposite of its intended effect. All week we've heard about the many working class Americans who've given up raises and instead taken more generous coverage from their employers, making them...

By Doug Ulman | September 25, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cancer: A Prism for Healthcare

Cancer care is a model of the success, excess and major gaps in U.S. health care.

By Doug Ulman | September 10, 2009; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Now?

The cancer community in particular will sorely miss him.

By Doug Ulman | August 27, 2009; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting Through the Hoopla

If vital services are being twisted into sinister-sounding practices for political purposes, who wouldn't be concerned? But for many seniors, these services may be a great comfort and support mechanism.

By Doug Ulman | August 15, 2009; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Public Plan? Surprise - We've Already Got One.

The truth is, we're already several decades into a public plan. And for millions of Americans already in the Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration pipeline, the answer to the question is yes.

By Doug Ulman | August 7, 2009; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Get It Right or Pay the Price

If Congress fails to act before it recesses, the delay in feeling the reform's impact should be minimal. As it stands, the majority of the reform's policies wouldn't be enacted for a handful of years and the number of uninsured Americans isn't expected to change until 2013. Ninety-nine percent of the associated expenses are expected to be incurred between 2013 and 2019. In other words, less than 1 percent of the spending will occur in the next four years.

By Doug Ulman | July 30, 2009; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Prime Suspects

The Blue Dog Coalition is probably right. As is, the reform bill does not address cost-containment strategies. The truth is, if we don't deal with these cost drivers now, we'll certainly have to face them in a few years.

By Doug Ulman | July 22, 2009; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mandatory Coverage: Rock and a Hard Place

Without mandates it will be nearly impossible to cover everyone and with mandates, in this economy, we know that many Americans will not be able to afford coverage.

By Doug Ulman | July 10, 2009; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Saving Lives Through Patient Navigation

In Harlem, Dr. Harold Freeman pioneered the concept of patient navigation: helping community members overcome barriers to prevention, detection and treatment. And it's working.

By Doug Ulman | July 4, 2009; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Drop in the Bucket

For health care reform to succeed, cost is critical. The initial budget numbers from the Congressional Budget Office make that clear. Today's announcement amounts to $80 billion over the next ten years in the form of discounts for Medicare enrollees....

By Doug Ulman | June 23, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

The President's Bold Speech

While I grieve the loss of my grandmother I am feeling an unfettered optimism that our country can ultimately address the health-care crisis and improve the lives of so many millions of our friends and neighbors.

By Doug Ulman | June 15, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (2)

The No. 1 Priority

Congress must immediately act and address our nation's largest moral and ethical failure: the fact that more than 47 million of our family members, colleagues, friends and neighbors are without health insurance.

By Doug Ulman | June 9, 2009; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (14)

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