How to Build a Single-Payer Health System

How to Build a Single-Payer Health System
By Michael Corcoran for Truth Out. Photo: Leren Lu Lessons From Taiwan’s Turnaround This piece is part of Fighting for Our Lives: The Movement for Medicare for All, a Truthout original series. “Taiwan’s highly efficient system of national health insurance should humble and inspire the United States.” —Uwe Reinhardt (1937 – 2017) There are obvious reasons why some ...

Fragmented Health System Paves Way for CVS-Aetna Merger

Fragmented Health System Paves Way for CVS-Aetna Merger
By Aaron Mate for The Real News. William K. Black, author of THE BEST WAY TO ROB A BANK IS TO OWN ONE, teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. Black was a central figure in exposing ...

Single Payer Myths: Removing People From Employer Plans

Single Payer Myths: Removing People From Employer Plans
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project. Photo: Molly Adams / Flickr Critics argue that single payer has a unique problem in that it would remove people from employer-provided health plans. Krugman: A far more important consideration is minimizing disruption to the 156 million people who currently get insurance through their employers, and are largely satisfied ...

Down With the Copay

Down With the Copay
By Natalie Shure for Jacobin Magazine. We can’t eliminate the profit motive in health care without eliminating copays. In the week preceding the release of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill, the Vermont senator’s office was flooded with calls — so many, in fact, that the legislative aides on the other line often guessed callers’ ...

Health Benefits From Small Businesses Keep Vanishing

Health Benefits From Small Businesses Keep Vanishing
By Tom Murphy of Associated Press in USA Today. NOTE: This is what we predicted that businesses would do after the ACA was passed as health insurance costs continued to rise – drop coverage and give their employees money to try to buy insurance on their own. I wrote about this four and a half ...

Senator who Arrested Single Payer Supporters, Now Supports It

Senator who Arrested Single Payer Supporters, Now Supports It
By Daniel Marans for Huffington Post. Above photo: The Baucus 8 (minus Katie Robbins) with their lawyers after a court hearing for their arrests ordered by Senator Max Baucus. Key Obamacare Architect Who Shunned Single-Payer Now Backs It. Max Baucus’ comments show how far the debate has shifted. Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a fiscal ...

America’s Health Care System Kills People

America's Health Care System Kills People
But it doesn’t have to be this way. By Gabby Bess for Vice. In Australia, vital services like cancer treatments are free; in the US, countless people struggle to even get screened. We spoke to cancer patients in both countries about the drastic difference single-payer health insurance can make. Linda Kimber is a 65-year-old retiree ...

Senate to Vote on HR 676 Expanded and Improved Medicare for All

Senate to Vote on HR 676 Expanded and Improved Medicare for All
By Margaret Flowers for Health Over Profit. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced recently that he will introduce an amendment during the Senate healthcare debate this week that would replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with John Conyers’ HR 676: “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.” Montana received a unique provision in the 2010 ...

How Hospitals got richer off Obamacare

How Hospitals got richer off Obamacare
By Dan Diamond for Politico. Photo: John Boyd, whose family has lived in the neighborhood since 1923, drives past a run-down home just one block from Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic. (M. Scott Mahaskey / Politico) After fending off challenges to their tax-exempt status, the biggest hospitals boosted revenue while cutting charity care. A  decade after the nation’s ...

In Healthcare Battle: For Profit Corporate Industry Continues To Win

In Healthcare Battle: For Profit Corporate Industry Continues To Win
By Ajamu Baraka in Dissident Voice. NOTE: In this article, Ajamu Baraka argues that the most efficient single payer healthcare plan is a socialized system, such as the one in the United Kingdom, that includes taking control of the delivery of care and the manufacturers of goods such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. National Improved ...