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