To Be Crystal Clear: ‘Medicare for All’ Does Not Mean ‘Medicare for Some’

To Be Crystal Clear: 'Medicare for All' Does Not Mean 'Medicare for Some'
By Diane Archer for Common Dreams As the health care debate heats up, it’s time to be clear about what Medicare for All is and what it is not. Medicare for All does not mean giving people the option to “buy in” to Medicare under our current health insurance system—what might be called Medicare for ...

‘Everybody In, Nobody Out’: What We Know So Far About the Medicare for All Act of 2019

'Everybody In, Nobody Out': What We Know So Far About the Medicare for All Act of 2019
NOTE: HOPE disagrees with two points in this article. First, is the transition period. HR 676 gave a minimum of one year to do implementation planning before the system would begin on Jan. 1. When the system would begin, under HR 676, all people would be in it from day one. Jayapal’s bill has a ...

Profit-Driven Health Care Is Killing The Dreams Of Young People. Young People Are Fighting Back.

Profit-Driven Health Care Is Killing The Dreams Of Young People. Young People Are Fighting Back.
By National Nurses United Briana Moss, 30, grew up in Dyersville, Iowa, site of the “field of dreams” (from the 1989 movie). Despite the reputation of her hometown, her own life dreams feel on hold. At age 30, when many young people are getting their careers off the ground, Moss’ life choices are guided by ...

New medical bankruptcy study: Two-thirds of filers cite illness and medical bills as contributors to financial ruin

New medical bankruptcy study: Two-thirds of filers cite illness and medical bills as contributors to financial ruin
Researchers found no evidence that the ACA reduced the proportion of bankruptcies driven by medical problems; insurance offered little protection to middle-class Americans. By David U. Himmelstein, M.D, Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H and Clare Fauke for PNHP Medical problems contributed to 66.5% of all bankruptcies, a figure that is virtually unchanged since before the passage ...

Medicare for All fills a room

Medicare for All fills a room
Attendance thrills backers of single-payer health system By Ashley Sloboda for The Journal Gazette Rachel Rose Reagan didn’t know if anybody in Fort Wayne would attend an event aimed to mobilize supporters of a government-run, single-payer health insurance system. She seemed awed Sunday as she addressed a crowded conference room at the downtown Allen County ...

Eighty-seven million adults are inadequately insured

Eighty-seven million adults are inadequately insured
Health Insurance Coverage Eight Years After the ACA By Sara R. Collins, Herman K. Bhupal, and Michelle M. Doty for The Commonwealth Fund The greatest deterioration in the quality and comprehensiveness of coverage has occurred among people in employer plans. More than half of Americans under age 65 — about 158 million people — get ...

Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”

Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”
By Ryan Grim for The Intercept Less than a month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide to then-prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Blue Cross Blue Shield executives and assured them that party ...

Open Letter to Congresswoman Jayapal Regarding Medicare for All

Open Letter to Congresswoman Jayapal Regarding Medicare for All
In Commondreams. Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal introducing the new Medicare for All Caucus during a Capitol Hill press conference in July of 2018. (Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal/Twitter) Dear Congresswoman Jayapal, Thank you for your hard work and leadership as the new lead sponsor of the forthcoming Medicare for All Act of 2019. As health care ...

A Public Option Isn’t Good Enough

A Public Option Isn’t Good Enough
By Libby Watson for Splinter News There is one thing we can be thankful for: Medicare for All is now a mainstream position in the Democratic Party, to the point where most of the leading Democratic candidates for president say they support it. The question remains how real their commitment to that goal is, and ...

As Drug Prices Rise, Is Boston’s Prosperity Based On A Moral Crime?

As Drug Prices Rise, Is Boston’s Prosperity Based On A Moral Crime?
By Dr. Vikas Saini for WUBR Prescription drug prices have become a high-profile issue, with a growing clamor from politicians, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, seeking to take action. There are many laudable elements in Baker’s proposal to negotiate prices directly with drug makers, despite its narrow focus, but such efforts are doomed to become ...