Why Universal Health Care from Birth Is a Bedrock Right for Any Civilized Society

Why Universal Health Care from Birth Is a Bedrock Right for Any Civilized Society
It’s better late than never to enact this progressive goal begun in FDR’s presidency. By Nancy Altman for Independent Media Institute It is well past time that we make Medicare for All a reality. It should have been enacted decades ago. On July 2, 1932, Franklin Roosevelt, in his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential ...

Can We Subsidize Our Way to Universal Coverage? 1

A bi-partisan goal for healthcare reform is that all people have coverage. The question under debate is how to accomplish that: is it through insurance mandates with subsidies for those who can’t afford it, further de-regulating the health insurance market in the hope of incentivizing competition and lower costs or a publicly-financed universal health insurance. ...

Lack of Health Insurance Increases the Risk of Dying

On June 26, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office released its report on the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act and found that if it is implemented as written, there would be an additional 22 million people without health insurance in the United States in 2026. This would be in addition to the almost 30 million people ...

The Conservative Solution to the Healthcare Crisis

This week, all eyes are on the Senate as Republicans craft their version of the American Health Care Act. The reality is that no matter what the final language is, the US will continue to leave tens of millions of people uninsured and tens of millions of people under-insured, meaning that they cannot afford necessary ...

“Skin in the Game” is Harmful to Patients

In the 1990’s, due to rising healthcare costs, private health insurers began offering products with out-of-pocket costs in the form of co-pays and deductibles, referred to as Consumer-Directed Health Plans. In the early 2000’s, health savings accounts were added and High-Deductible Health Plans were matched with them. The idea was to shift more of the ...

Single Payer Would Simplify Our Healthcare System

Medicare for All is the commonsense solution to the current healthcare crisis. As TIME Magazine notes in the article “What is Single Payer Healthcare and Why is it So Popular?” published in its Money section, the United States has a very complicated healthcare system, which makes it very expensive. However: “Single payer would simplify all ...

“Young Invincibles’ and Risk Pools

There is tension in our healthcare system over risk pools. Private health insurers would have us believe that they are carrying an unfair burden of paying for health care in our current system because too few young people (known as “the young invincibles”) have purchased private health insurance. The reality is that it isn’t the ...

Business Support for Single Payer Health Care

In April, 2017, heads of businesses launched a new campaign, Business Leaders Transforming Healthcare. They recognize that the United States is unique among industrialized nations in a bad way for not having a publicly-financed universal healthcare system. This hurts businesses in a number of ways: 1. They spend tremendous time and resources on choosing insurance plans ...

The Cost of Health Care in the United States

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger made the news in May, 2017 when they said that the cost of health care is the biggest concern for businesses in the United States. Buffett called healthcare spending “the tapeworm of American Economic competitiveness.” Healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP has risen much faster in the United States ...

June 5, 2017: New Study on State of US Health Outcomes

The first-ever global study on health outcomes and preventable deaths was published recently by Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle. Click here to read the study. It found that there are great inequities in access to health care and the quality of ...