Health Over Profit National Calls

Health Over Profit National Calls
Health Over Profit for Everyone is a national campaign to win a National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) healthcare system (also called a single payer health system). It is a project initiated by advocates for NIMA acting as individuals and is coordinated by Popular Resistance. We will hold regular national conference calls starting Monday, February ...

‘If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price’: A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting

'If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price': A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting
By Fran Quigley for Common Dreams Frances Leath no longer works in management for pharmaceutical industry giant Eli Lilly and Company, but she keeps tabs on the company where she spent the first 15 years of her career. She still lives in Indianapolis, home of the company headquarters. She has watched as Lilly’s dramatic increases ...

50 Million Adults Are Uninsured Every Single Year

50 Million Adults Are Uninsured Every Single Year
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project Everyone knows the American health care system is a disaster, but surprisingly few realize just how much of a disaster it really is. One reason for this is that the statistics we use to measure it completely miss how much anguish is caused by people constantly cycling in ...

Majority Backs ‘Medicare for All’ Replacing Private Plans, if Preferred Providers Stay

Majority Backs ‘Medicare for All’ Replacing Private Plans, if Preferred Providers Stay
Reduced support for single-payer overcome by assurance that Americans would not lose their doctor and hospital By Yusra Murad for Morning Consult 55% of voters back a Medicare for All system that diminishes the role of private insurers if they retain access to their preferred providers. Independents are 14 points more likely to back the ...

VA Privatization Bill Threatens Closure of Key Facilities

VA Privatization Bill Threatens Closure of Key Facilities
Republican architects of the VA MISSION Act want to fast-track a commission that would have expansive authority to close VA hospitals. By Suzanne Gordon & Russell Lemle for The American Prospect At a June 20 House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, legislators considered H.R. 3083, sponsored by ranking member Phil Roe (R-TN). One of the architects ...

Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’

Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’
By Noam N. Levey for Los Angeles Times Wendy Matney hesitated to tell her family not to call 911. “It seemed almost selfish to say, ‘Please don’t call because we can’t afford this,’” said the 39-year-old home health aide, who has a form of epilepsy that causes frequent, sometimes violent, seizures. Matney has been to ...

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare
The horror stories of I heard during my conversations were shocking. Universal healthcare is a human right – and thankfully millions of US citizens are waking up to the fact By Danielle Tiplady for The Independent As a British nurse, over the last year I have built links with American nurses who are leading the fight to ...

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.
The emergency room bill I can’t stop thinking about. By Sarah Kliff for Vox Two years ago, 36-year-old Lindsay Clark was facing a terrible decision. Her 2-year-old daughter Lily had gotten into a small bottle of the anti-nausea drug Dramamine. “It had a child lock on it, but I caught her sitting there with a ...

WaPo Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Medicare for All Will Cut Their Health Costs

WaPo Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Medicare for All Will Cut Their Health Costs
By Julie Hollar for FAIR Healthcare consistently ranks as one of the top issues for Democratic voters, so helping those voters understand Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on healthcare ought to be a key job for journalists. Right? A recent survey of those voters shows that they are woefully confused and misinformed, and a recent Washington ...

New Report: How Media and Polling Company Adoption of Insurance Industry Spin Warps Democracy

New Report: How Media and Polling Company Adoption of Insurance Industry Spin Warps Democracy
H.O.P.E. Note: This post includes excerpts from the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) report. Find the full report here. Mainstream media and public-opinion polls commonly state that the country has a choice between government and private insurance. This portrayal is inherently biased because it invokes government control while rendering insurance companies invisible, warping ...

Women approaching retirement face financial insecurity over healthcare and drug costs

Women approaching retirement face financial insecurity over healthcare and drug costs
“Those results underscore the reality of an uneven playing field for women in the American economy and the economic opportunity cost after years as mothers and caregivers and not wage-earners.” By Ruth Milka for Nation of Change More than half of Americans over the age of 60 are concerned about health care costs and prescription ...