Don’t Privatize the VA, It’s a Model Healthcare System

Don't Privatize the VA, It's a Model Healthcare System
By Right to Heal. Veterans Groups and Advocates Sound the Alarm and Demand that Rear Adm. Jackson State Publicly that the Trump Administration Will Not Seek to Privatize the VA and Work to Dismantle Healthcare for Veterans and Families (March 30, 2018, Chicago) – President Donald Trump just fired VA Secretary David Shulkin and replaced him with ...

Our multi-payer system of health care isn’t working

Our multi-payer system of health care isn't working
By Jay Brock, Washington Post. Above photo: A man looks over the Affordable Care Act sign-up page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in 2013. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Regarding the March 23 editorial “Maryland’s ingenious plan to fix Obamacare”: Under our current multiple-payer system of health care, we have two major problems: Too many people have ...

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare for All

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare for All
By Brittany Shannahan for Healthcare Is A Human Right Maryland A new twitter campaign led by The Coalition for Medicare Choices promises to mobilize two million seniors to “preserve and strengthen” Medicare Advantage. But who is the Coalition for Medicare Choices? With Medicare Advantage now covering 33% of Medicare enrollees, what does the state of Medicare Advantage ...

Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear

Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear
By Ralph Nader for Counterpunch Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks. I say ‘already’ because, as of yet, there is no major national campaign underway showing that an ‘everybody in, nobody out’ system of health ...

Inside the medical device racket

Inside the medical device racket
Millions of Americans have under-regulated and overhyped devices in their bodies. By Martha Rosenberg for Intrepid Report Imagine a TV ad for a hip replacement device. Over scenes of the puppies and sunsets, a voiceover warns, “Hip replacements may cause tissue death, the destruction of muscles, bones and ligaments, nerve damage, mental changes, thyroid disorder, ...

I Treat Patients on Medicaid, and I See That Work Requirements Will Destroy the Safety Net

I Treat Patients on Medicaid, and I See That Work Requirements Will Destroy the Safety Net
By Audrey M. Provenzano for Truthout As more states join Kentucky in trying to impose work requirements for people who receive Medicaid, I could not help but think of a patient of mine whom I’ll call Linda. Linda is a healthy 42-year-old woman who came in a few months ago with pain in her left foot. “Every ...

Whistleblowers Sue City’s Top Health Insurance Providers

Whistleblowers Sue City's Top Health Insurance Providers
By Brigid Bergin for WNYC Three whistleblowers representing New York City employees and retirees are suing the city’s top health insurance providers for defrauding taxpayers of more than a billion dollars. The lawsuit unsealed in New York Supreme Court last month alleges that GHI, along with parent company EmblemHealth and their partner, Empire Blue Cross ...

Getting From Profits for a Few to Health Care for All

Getting From Profits for a Few to Health Care for All
By Scott Tucker for Truthdig Democracy is a more radical idea than socialism. That has been noted by a fair number of democratic socialists, including one of the steady campaigners on the left wing of the British Labor Party, Tony Benn, who died in 2014. By stressing democracy first and foremost, he plainly did not ...

Single-Payer Health Care: What Will It Take to Pass It?

Single-Payer Health Care: What Will It Take to Pass It?
By Lee Stanfield. Originally published in Against the Current. SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH Care bill HR-676 covers 100% of everything with the least taxpayer money! So what will it take to pass it? And why is neither S-1804 (see below) nor a “state-by-state” approach, the answer to the health care crisis? President Truman proposed universal health care ...

California Faces Reality: States cannot do single payer without federal government

California Faces Reality: States cannot do single payer without federal government
By Kevin Zeese, Health Over Profit for Everyone. The debate over single payer in California seems to have come to an end with their single payer bill all but dead. A commission was appointed to study the issue and concluded single payer was not possible without changes or waivers to federal laws. They reported the reality: no ...