Saturday, March 23, 2019

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion fight and John Roberts’s Obamacare ruling, explained - Vox

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion fight and John Roberts’s Obamacare ruling, explained - Vox: As new revelations about Chief Justice John Roberts’s Supreme Court Obamacare ruling come out, states are still fighting over Medicaid expansion.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Medicare-for-all: The design and costs for Democratic health care plans - Vox

Medicare-for-all: The design and costs for Democratic health care plans - Vox: We spent the past month reading through the congressional plans to expand Medicare.


Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House | Minnesota | winonadailynews.com

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House | Minnesota | winonadailynews.com: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Americans are dying because they can’t afford their insulin. That’s now a 2020 campaign issue. – ThinkProgress

Americans are dying because they can’t afford their insulin. That’s now a 2020 campaign issue. – ThinkProgress

Healthcare Reformers Should Look To Europe For Feasible Alternatives To Medicare For All

Healthcare Reformers Should Look To Europe For Feasible Alternatives To Medicare For All: Rather than taking its cue from our northern neighbors, or the British National Health Services, it makes more sense for the healthcare reform movement to consider what is being done on the European continent.

The Difference Between a ‘Public Option’ and ‘Medicare for All’? Let’s Define Our Terms - The New York Times

The Difference Between a ‘Public Option’ and ‘Medicare for All’? Let’s Define Our Terms - The New York Times: A glossary for the emerging Democratic health care debate.

Opinion | Should U.S. Adopt Germany’s Health Care Model? - The New York Times

Opinion | Should U.S. Adopt Germany’s Health Care Model? - The New York Times: Readers debate whether a system of nonprofit health insurers is the best path to universal care.

ANA Nurses Not Ready To Follow Union On Medicare For All

ANA Nurses Not Ready To Follow Union On Medicare For All: The American Nurses Association isn’t ready to follow nurses unions in supporting Medicare for All.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Humana CEO Signals Industry Plans to Hijack the Medicare for All Movement. - Business Initiative Health Policy

Humana CEO Signals Industry Plans to Hijack the Medicare for All Movement. - Business Initiative Health Policy: It’s the same game-plan they followed when they systematically weakened the ACA before finally getting on board.

Please be sure when you or others you know turn 65 DO NOT fall for the
Medicare Advantage trap. Until we get a universal single payer system
in this country, just get a regular Medicare Supplement plan where you
still have the freedom of choice of provider and residence.

Would expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin really cost $1.1 billion?

Would expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin really cost $1.1 billion?

This is important.  One thing missed here is that the state turns over the Medicaid/BadgerCare tax money to private insurance companies to "manage" the patients care.  The patient/applicant picks a plan. The state gives that insurance company $X per month to manage and pay for that person's care in that company's "network".  Seems to me that then the insurance company is setting the rates they pay to the care provider in their network.

Opinion | Luke O’Neil: $50 could have saved him, but his GoFundMe pitch didn’t get the clicks - The Boston Globe

Opinion | Luke O’Neil: $50 could have saved him, but his GoFundMe pitch didn’t get the clicks - The Boston Globe: Shane Patrick Boyle lost his mother in March of 2017. You’ve heard this story before, or at least one like it, but you should listen again.

Health insurance: Fewer workers go part-time as ACA coverage worsens

Health insurance: Fewer workers go part-time as ACA coverage worsens: A smaller share of workers who prefer part-time jobs are taking them because of health coverage. Obamacare is not as attractive as it was in 2014.

Health care access should NOT depend on what job you have. Small employers should NOT have such a hard time recruiting because they can not afford health insurance.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Unbreaking America

Obsessive Measurement Disorder: Etiology of an Epidemic | THCB

Obsessive Measurement Disorder: Etiology of an Epidemic | THCB
"The complete absence of evidence that P4P would improve the quality of medical care didn’t matter to MedPAC and other P4P advocates. [3] As evidence has piled up over the last decade indicating P4P doesn’t reduce costs and has mixed effects on quality, P4P proponents, true to form, have ignored it. [4]"

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Insurance companies DO NOT provide health care.  Actually, their profit motive forces them to withhold health care.  The main problem with Medicare and Medicaid today is how much the insurance companies are intimately involved and are sucking so much of our money into their high exec salaries and corporate profit dividends.  Those companies have no right and no value to be between me and my doctor.

It is a Simple Single Source Solution

It really is quite simple. Single pay. No 3rd party insurance companies making huge profits. One network. You choose which doctor, which clinic and which hospital you want to receive care. Your healthcare card follows you when you move or change jobs. No premiums. No copays. No deductibles. Join the #MedicareForAll movement!

In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting 'bottom line' over patients' health - CNN

In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting 'bottom line' over patients' health - CNN: In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation's largest insurance company for focusing on the "bottom line as much or more" than patients' health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company's medical directors for being "deceptive" under oath.

Large Blues health insurer pockets $1.7 billion tax refund - Axios

Large Blues health insurer pockets $1.7 billion tax refund - Axios: The Blues are thriving.

Former Aetna Medical Director Admits To Never Reviewing Medical Records Before Denying Care

Former Aetna Medical Director Admits To Never Reviewing Medical Records Before Denying Care: In an eye-opening exclusive reported by CNN, it was revealed that a former medical director for Aetna admitted under oath that “he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.”

Why Medicare for some is the wrong idea | TheHill

Why Medicare for some is the wrong idea | TheHill: The American people deserve a frank conversation about how we can guarantee access to health care as a right in this country. That conversation does not begin with Medicare for some. It begins – and ends – with Medicare for all.

 I love this statement: “What we love – and what we need – is the freedom to get care from the doctors we want to see at a price we can afford. Medicare for all guarantees all Americans access to health care, with the freedom to see the doctors we want, throughout our lives, wherever we live, wherever we work and whenever we are out of work. That’s about as pragmatic as it gets.”

Our broken health care system punishes mothers like me for sick kids

Our broken health care system punishes mothers like me for sick kids: I am a single mother with insurance and a solid income, but I still had to spend an entire day chasing down basic medicine at an outrageous cost.

GoFundMe CEO Calls on Local, State, Federal Officials to Pass Universal Healthcare

https://gritpost.com/ceo-gofundme-universal-healthcare/?fbclid=IwAR32zBMuc_ZMBLxlAEYp6Y8A4IDMoRwouj5qlN42KxiqGT2lr2_9h2ciNCE

Yes: Medicare for all doable in U.S. | Columnists | leadertelegram.com

Yes: Medicare for all doable in U.S. | Columnists | leadertelegram.com

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Let's Meet the Bad Actors of Healthcare Reform - Business Initiative Health Policy

Let's Meet the Bad Actors of Healthcare Reform - Business Initiative Health Policy: The healthcare system is broken, and need dramatic bold reforms, but Partnership for America's Healthcare Future won’t tell you that, because they have no interest in improving American healthcare.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Health measures a key issue as Legislature ramps up | Local News | madison.com

Health measures a key issue as Legislature ramps up | Local News | madison.com: Health care promises to be a key issue in the state Legislature this year, with bills already in play to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, define direct primary care, give tax

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Rep. Debbie Dingell at Medicare for All HR 1348 Introduction

California single payer healthcare backers miss bill deadline | The Sacramento Bee

Saying no to the nurses: California Democrats aren’t pushing government-run health care this year

Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article226819984.html#storylink=cpy
California single payer healthcare backers miss bill deadline | The Sacramento Bee: Many California Democrats say they support government-run health care, but none introduced a new version of the state’s landmark single-payer bill before a key deadline last week in the Legislature.

House progressives unveil single-payer health bill - Washington Times

House progressives unveil single-payer health bill - Washington Times

Friday, February 22, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance | The Nation

We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance | The Nation: New single-payer plans don’t need to worry about carving out roles for health-care profiteers.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Friday, February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tell Democrats: Co-Sponsor Medicare for All | CREDO Action

Tell Democrats: Co-Sponsor Medicare for All | CREDO Action: Washington consultants are warning Democrats away from Medicare for All. We urgently need to rally behind progressive Medicare for All legislation.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We can figure out universal coverage without Medicare-for-all - The Washington Post

We can figure out universal coverage without Medicare-for-all - The Washington Post: There are a lot of flavors of universal coverage. We don’t have to pick the most extreme.

This is a good reality check. BUT, that does not mean we can't keep pushing for the ideal. It means moving in the right direction is what is important. One thing missed in much of these debates is the need to outlaw corporate profit in the system. Some states did that so it can be done. Control of monopolies would be good as well - especially not allowing insurance companies (even when non-profit) to own and operate hospitals, clinics, and drug companies. The concept of public utilities comes to mind (an idea I'd suggest for hospitals, not doctors).

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Medicare-for-all: eliminating private insurance is a big task - Vox

Medicare-for-all: eliminating private insurance is a big task - Vox: Should Americans keep getting health care coverage at work?

What do Democrats actually mean by Medicare for all?

What do Democrats actually mean by Medicare for all?: Up until recently, most of the Democratic hopefuls for 2020 have gotten away with being vague about what they mean by “Medicare for all.”
The political process is frustrating but cannot be ignored.  Taking steps in the right direction is what is important and now is the opportunity to take some really big steps.
Personally, I urge all to consider out detrimental is has been to allow profit to be a core value in how our health care is accessed.  Getting health care is NOT like getting a car or a house or a suit.  It is like getting the fire department to come when your house is burning or the police to come when you are robbed or the city to come patch that pothole.  I hate the idea that profits are made from heart attacks, auto accidents, cancer, etc.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Medicare For All WI 3rd CD - Events

Medicare For All WI 3rd CD - Events

Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats

Medicare for All Emerges as Early Policy Test for 2020 Democrats: Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at length this week about her vision for improving the American health care system, like strengthening the Affordable Care Act and making prescription drugs more affordable.

Friday, February 1, 2019

2020 Could Be a Test of Medicare for All's Popularity - The Atlantic

2020 Could Be a Test of Medicare for All's Popularity - The Atlantic: The policy’s supporters could run up against the same problems that Republicans faced in trying to repeal Obamacare.

Favorite line: “She believes we need to get profit-making out of health care,” Adams said. “That’s a better way, a smarter way, to do this. That’s her bottom line.”

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How the Private Health-Care Industry Is Working to Kill Medicare for All - Pacific Standard

How the Private Health-Care Industry Is Working to Kill Medicare for All - Pacific Standard: Americans across the political spectrum are longing for change in health care but are worried about what changes might mean.

Average Inpatient Stay Costs More than $22,000 | HealthLeaders Media

Average Inpatient Stay Costs More than $22,000 | HealthLeaders Media: That hefty price tag means that the United States exceeds every other nation in total healthcare costs.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As U.S. Health Insurers And Hospital Chains Spar Over Contracts, Patients Can Suffer : Shots - Health News : NPR

As U.S. Health Insurers And Hospital Chains Spar Over Contracts, Patients Can Suffer : Shots - Health News : NPR: As hospital chains and insurers across the U.S squeeze one another, hoping to increase their market share, many patients are suddenly finding their preferred doctors and hospitals are out of network.

Majority favor Medicare for all, with a catch - CNNPolitics

Majority favor Medicare for all, with a catch - CNNPolitics: Most Americans want a version of Medicare for everyone, which is good news for presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and other Democrats who support "Medicare-for-all," a national health care proposal in which people would get their insurance from a single government plan.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Medicare Advantage: Real Advantage or Scam? You may not know all the facts | Tarbell

Medicare Advantage: Real Advantage or Scam? You may not know all the facts | Tarbell: Open enrollment is over and the flood of advertisements for Medicare Advantage plans has ended for another year. I’m happy to report that, once again, I’ve managed to avoid signing up for one of those plans. For those who aren’t familiar with Medicare Advantage (MA), otherwise known as Medicare Part C, it is health

Medicare-for-all news: Jacob Hacker explains cost and coverage issues - Vox

Medicare-for-all news: Jacob Hacker explains cost and coverage issues - Vox: Jacob Hacker explains Medicare for America.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

De Blasio directs city agencies to sign people up for health insurance - NY Daily News

De Blasio directs city agencies to sign people up for health insurance - NY Daily News: Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday directing all city agencies to sign up eligible New Yorkers for health insurance as part of his effort to boost coverage rates.

Medicare for all: Support depends on how argument's framed, poll finds

Medicare for all: Support depends on how argument's framed, poll finds: A new poll finds Medicare for all is risky ground for Democrats but an incremental approach could win support from Republicans.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Experts: Bill requiring pre-existing conditions coverage wouldn't work

Experts: Bill requiring pre-existing conditions coverage wouldn't work: Experts say requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions will result in higher premiums and fewer insurers in the market if the ACA goes away.

Democrats’ plan to neuter Medicare for All irks liberals - POLITICO

Democrats’ plan to neuter Medicare for All irks liberals - POLITICO: With their eyes on 2020, Democrats have introduced at least eight plans for expanding health coverage beyond Obamacare’s gains.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren is calling for Medicare for all. What does England’s experience tell us? - The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren is calling for Medicare for all. What does England’s experience tell us? - The Boston Globe: Just months after stepping down as chairman of England’s National Health Service, Sir Malcolm Grant weighs in on America’s new fascination with single-payer health care.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

62%

 "It said 62.1 percent of all bankruptcies were because of medical bills. The researchers interviewed those who filed for bankruptcy between January and April 2007. It defined medical causes as those to include those mortgaged a home to pay medical bills."


Saturday, January 19, 2019


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Take Action - PNHP

Take Action - PNHP: Writing and MediaHow to Write an Op-Ed and Letter to the EditorLetter to the Editor ExamplesHow to contact the media and make calls to the pressSample medical society resolutionSample city resolution.

Only through steadfast, evidence-based advocacy can we not only maintain, but accelerate, the momentum towards single-payer.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Colonoscopy pricing: 2 sisters finding it is a pain in the butt

Colonoscopy pricing: 2 sisters finding it is a pain in the butt: Why do people who need the test the most get charged the most? This may encourage them to skip it and run the risk of colon cancer.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What Americans Taught Us About 'Risking It' Without Insurance in 2018 | Fortune

What Americans Taught Us About 'Risking It' Without Insurance in 2018 | Fortune: For many Americans, 2018 was the year that health care reached a breaking point.



The impact is climbing the income ladder as the 1% keep making more money off of the suffering.