Long Term Care Coverage Matters: Quality Gaps in Nursing Homes

Long Term Care Coverage Matters: Quality Gaps in Nursing Homes
By Jordan Rau for Kaiser Health News. Photo: U.S. Capitol Police prepare flex cuffs to arrest members of ADAPT protesting in the Capitol rotunda against the American Health Care Act of 2017 and cuts to Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) NOTE: It is said that societies are defined by how they take care of their most ...

Protesters Rise Up to Block Health Care Repeal 1

Protesters Rise Up to Block Health Care Repeal
By Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. Above photo: Colleen Flanagan of Boston, center, and others in wheelchairs with a group called ADAPT, rally prior to a hearing by the Senate Finance Committee on the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.  J. Scott Applewhite. Washington, DC – With the September ...

Health Care is a Commodity in the US; How We change that 1

Health Care is a Commodity in the US; How We change that
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. With just a week left before Congress’ budget reconciliation process ends, the Senate is once again peddling a poorly-thought out plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If Senators vote before the September 30 deadline, they only need 50 votes instead of the filibuster-proof 60 votes to pass ...

Trojan-Horse Democrats Pile Into House of Single Payer

Trojan-Horse Democrats Pile Into House of Single Payer
By Jim Kavanaugh for The Polemicist. Duplicitous Democrats are trying to sabotage single-payer, again. It’s great that more than a third of Democratic senators have signed on to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All bill. It’s a potentially strong bill that’s been welcomed by single-payer activist organizations like Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and National ...

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 ...

The Sickness of American Healthcare

The Sickness of American Healthcare
By Yves Smith for Naked Capitalism. Above photo: UPS aircraft maintenance workers and family members from Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas and Louisville protest outside a UPS store in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta to keep their current level of health care benefits. COURTESY OF TEAMSTERS 2727   Yves here. If nothing else, be sure to look at the chart, ...

The Push for a Medicare for All Plan

The Push for a Medicare for All Plan
By Dennis Bernstein for Consortium News. Above photo: Russell Mokhiber outside the US Supreme Court. Sen. Bernie Sanders has unveiled a new single-payer healthcare plan which would provide all Americans with government-sponsored health coverage. Sanders’s plan, supported by some 16 Democrats in the Senate, calls for an overhaul of the healthcare system with what would ...

Single Payer Is on the National Agenda

Single Payer Is on the National Agenda
By Ben Palmquist for In These Times. Above photo: Put People First! Pennsylvania rallies on November 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn. (Courtesy of Put People First! Pennsylvania) —And It’s Thanks to People’s Movements It’s up to grassroots movements to demand—and win—the healthcare system we need. As Senator Bernie Sanders introduces a bill for universal, publicly financed ...

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need

Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need
By Mike Pappas for TruthDig. Above photo: TPP protest in front of the White House. Medical students protest the impact of trade agreements on access to medicines, the cost of health care, worker rights and the environment.   It’s time to start talking to our patients about climate change and the structural causes of disease. ...

She Eats Out of Dumpsters to Afford Long-term Care for her Husband

She Eats Out of Dumpsters to Afford Long-term Care for her Husband
By Maria L . La Ganga in the Miami Herald. Photo by Kyle Green. NOTE: Since we reported that Senator Sanders’ health bill will not include long term care, we have been hearing from many folks that this needs to be included, as it is in HR 676. Here are a few comments. “I believe ...