Investigation: Patients’ Drug Options Under Medicaid Heavily Influenced By Drugmakers

Investigation: Patients' Drug Options Under Medicaid Heavily Influenced By Drugmakers
By Liz Essley Whyte, Joe Yerardi & Alison Kodjak for NPR Eight months pregnant, the drug sales representative wore a wire for the FBI around her bulging belly as she recorded conversations with colleagues at a conference in Chicago. Her code name? Pampers. Her company, drugmaker Warner Chilcott, was using payments and perks to get ...

New Proposal Designed to Confuse Public and Prevent Medicare for All

New Proposal Designed to Confuse Public and Prevent Medicare for All
By Margaret Flowers, HealthOverProfit.org. The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington-based Democratic Party think tank funded by Wall Street, including private health insurers and their lobbying group, unveiled a new healthcare proposal designed to confuse supporters of Medicare for All and protect private health insurance profits. It is receiving widespread coverage in ‘progressive’ media ...

Healthcare From Private to Public

Healthcare From Private to Public
By Rita Valenti. Originally published in November.December 2017 Vol27.Ed6 Rally, Comrades! rally@lrna.org Above photo of Moral Monday sit-in in Atlanta, Georgia by Joeff Davis. Nowhere is the chaos and insecurity of a society in transition felt more universally than in healthcare.  Two distinct classes with opposing interests are facing off in a struggle that will determine the future ...

Senate Debates Billions for Insurers while Public Demands Medicare for All 1

Senate Debates Billions for Insurers while Public Demands Medicare for All
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Health Over Profit for Everyone. Billions More for Crony Capitalist Insurance or Improved Medicare for All This week we attended a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee where there was broad bi-partisan support for giving billions more to the insurance industry to “stabilize ...

Saving the ACA is NOT an Option

Saving the ACA is NOT an Option
By Sherry Eason. Photo from March, 2017 in RIFuture.org. All citizens deserve Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.Without good health, opportunity is greatly diminished. I work in the health insurance business, I own a small Health Insurance Agency. My goal when I created my agency, and now more than ever, is to work myself ...

Don’t Be Fooled By The Profiteer’s Option

Don't Be Fooled By The Profiteer's Option
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance, Sept. 18, 2016. NOTE: Senator Sanders mentioned the Public Option as a possible solution in the Sanders Cruz health debate on CNN, so we are posting this article from last September to bring some clarity. The Public Option is a Profiteer’s Option, as explained below. It ...

Mad As Hell: Why the public is so pissed off

Mad As Hell: Why the public is so pissed off
Above photo from Portland Indymedia. NOTE: Voters received notice of their insurance premium increases for 2017 just prior to the November election. It is no surprise that voters were angry over the failure of the ACA to control premium and out-of-pocket costs. Many who voted for Trump, especially in the fly-over states, experience challenges affording ...

453 rural hospitals are failing — Medicare for All would save them

453 rural hospitals are failing — Medicare for All would save them
By Diane Archer for The Hill Our for-profit health care system isn’t working for rural Americans. More than 120 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. According to a new report from Chartis Center for Rural Health, another 453—almost one in four—are at risk of failing. Corporate health insurers can’t provide coverage to meet rural patients’ ...

American health care system costs four times more than Canada’s single-payer system

American health care system costs four times more than Canada's single-payer system
Average Americans pay $2,497 a year for insurance overhead and admin costs, while Canadians pay just $551 By Igor Derysh for Salon The cost of administering health care in the United States costs four times as much as it does in Canada, which has had a single-payer system for nearly 60 years, according to a new ...

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It's Medicare for All
“Major changes are needed,” declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, “to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little.” By Jon Queally for Common Dreams The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of ...