The Real Driver of Healthcare Spending

The Real Driver of Healthcare Spending
By Edward M. Murphy, Commonwealth Magazine. Cartoon: Khalil Bendib / Other Words An inefficiency gap is boosting costs — and profits. The health care debates that occurred in Washington over the past year were largely irrelevant to what’s happening in the health care marketplace. Republicans couldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act but they made some changes that ...

Creating a Healthcare System that ends Class Privilege

Creating a Healthcare System that ends Class Privilege
By Benjamin Y. Fong and Dustin Guastella, Huffington Post. Above photo: MONTY FRESCO VIA GETTY IMAGES British Health Minister Aneurin Bevan presents a certificate to Nurse Johnson, one of the successful nurses of the County Nurses’ Examination of the Middlesex County Council, in June 1947. The U.K. Created A Health Care System To End Class Privilege. America ...

Health Insurers are Data-Mining to raise Rates

Health Insurers are Data-Mining to raise Rates
By Marshall Allen, ProPublica. Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even ...

Trump Administration Moves Forward on VA Privatization

Trump Administration Moves Forward on VA Privatization
By Suzanne Gordon for The American Prospect Under the guise of reducing veteran suicides, the Trump administration has released a plan that could radically reshape veteran care in the United States. The stated goal is to expand mental health services for newly transitioned veterans, the proposal, which administration officials approved on May 31, contains provisions that could ...

How Big Medicine Can Ruin Medicare for All

How Big Medicine Can Ruin Medicare for All
A single-payer system will degenerate into corporate welfare unless we take on health care monopolies. By Phillip Longman for Washington Monthly Many of us still remember the moment during the debate over the Affordable Care Act when a powerful Democratic senator not only blocked supporters of single-payer health care from testifying before his committee, but ...

Injured Woman Begs Bystanders Not to Call Ambulance

Injured Woman Begs Bystanders Not to Call Ambulance
By Julie Conley, Commondreams. Above photo: Bystanders helped a woman whose leg became trapped between a subway car and platform in Boston last Friday. (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority surveillance footage) ‘I Can’t Afford That’: Trapped and Injured by Subway Car, Woman Begged Bystanders Not to Call Ambulance Due to Expense As Americans across the country celebrate ...

Hospitals are running out of medicines in the United States

Hospitals are running out of medicines in the United States
By Katie Thomas, New York Times. Above photo: George Vander Linde checked for morphine from a dispenser at Norwegian American. CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times NOTE: I have heard the United States’ healthcare system described as third world. Some of our health outcomes such as infant mortality and life expectancy, particularly in poor black and ...

Health Insurers Sue Government for Billions

Health Insurers Sue Government for Billions
By Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. NOTE: It is clear to me that health insurers will never be satisfied with the amount of money they have. They ask for more money with promises of lowering premiums, and then find reasons to raise premiums when they get it. That is because private health insurers are financial ...

Top Issue in the Elections is Health Care

Top Issue in the Elections is Health Care
By Margaret Flowers, Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE). As it was in the 2008 election, health care is at the top of voter’s list of concerns. This means that we have the opportunity over the next few years to push National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA) over the finish line. But there is no ...

Single-Payer or Bust

Single-Payer or Bust
By providing a single tier of coverage to all, with automatic enrollment, comprehensive benefits, and no cost-sharing, single-payer provides a distinct, egalitarian vision of universality. By Adam Gaffney for Dissent Magazine In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer ...