The Case Against the Public Option

The Case Against the Public Option
By Dr. Adam Gaffney for Jacobin Magazine. Photo: A doctor examines a patient at a Bay Pines, FL hospital in 1967. Chris Warren / Flickr We have the capacity to wage a transformative health care fight in the days ahead. Medicare for All or bust. The saga of Trumpcare may finally be behind us. The wretched ...

Corporate Democrats Use Public Option to Derail Push for Single Payer

Corporate Democrats Use Public Option to Derail Push for Single Payer
By Russell Mokhiber for Single Payer Action The corporate Democrats are using the public option to derail the newly energized movement to single payer. The single payer movement is halfway to passing single payer in the House of Representatives. One hundred and nine members of the House, out of a total of 218 needed for ...

Senator Sanders to Introduce Medicare For All Bill, Not Public Option

Senator Sanders to Introduce Medicare For All Bill, Not Public Option
Above photo: Participants in lobby day, from L to R, Dr. Eric Naumburg, Brittany Shannahan, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Steve Dunbar, Larry and Liz Carson, Vanessa Beck, Jackie MacMillan and Rosemary Grace. Photo by Ted Athey. On March 31, four steering committee members of Health Over Profit for Everyone, Dr. Carol Paris, Dr. Robert Zarr, Dr. ...

Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Option or Medicare for Some

Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Option or Medicare for Some
By Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance This has been a tumultuous week for healthcare reform. First there was the pleasantly quick defeat of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon. Then, that evening, Senator Sanders spoke at a town hall in Vermont with Senator Pat Leahy and Representative Peter Welch ...

Single Payer Bernie Sanders Morphs Into Public Option Howard Dean

Single Payer Bernie Sanders Morphs Into Public Option Howard Dean
By Russell Mokhiber for Single Payer Action Right before our eyes, we are seeing the transformation of single payer Bernie Sanders into public option Howard Dean. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sanders took off like a rocket, fueled by the promise of a single payer, Medicare for All single payer system. His single payer plan ...

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 ...

Implementing Single Payer is Not Rocket Science

Implementing Single Payer is Not Rocket Science
By Dr. Ida Hellander for Health Over Profit. Above photo: Canadian Medical Association. Under Premier Tommy Douglas (“the father of Canadian medicare”), Saskatchewan establishes an insurance plan guaranteeing publicly funded hospital care for most residents of the province. Liberals have created a new single payer bogeyman to justify their renewed pursuit of failed incremental policies for ...

Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution 1

Response to Nation Article on Single Payer: Improved Medicare for All is the Solution
By Margaret Flowers for Health Over Profit for Everyone. On August 2, 2017, The Nation published an article by Joshua Holland, “Medicare for All isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” chastising Improved Medicare for All supporters because, in his view, the single payer movement has “failed to grapple with the difficulties of transitioning to ...