Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All (*Cough)

Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All (*Cough)
By Libby Watson for Splinter News The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future is a lobbying group dedicated to fighting single-payer and even public option health plans, formed by the biggest players in the health insurance industry—pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and health insurers, among others. We don’t know how much money they have, but one of ...

What Does ‘Medicare for All’ Really Mean?

What Does ‘Medicare for All’ Really Mean?
NOTE: At the end, the author raises concerns about reimbursement rates. The proposed Medicare for All system would allow physicians to negotiate with the system for reimbursement. And, it would significantly reduce what physicians are currently spending on billing as well as the headaches of dealing with so many different insurance plans and rules. If ...

Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M to the 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare for All

Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M to the 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare for All
By Carl Gibson for GritPost Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) recently rolled out House Democrats’ version of a Medicare for All proposal that would ensure all Americans have guaranteed healthcare. The bill (H.R. 1384) has an impressive 106 co-sponsors, and has been called “the most ambitious Medicare-for-All plan yet” by Vox, which also reported the benefits ...

Single-payer health care would be a vast improvement

Single-payer health care would be a vast improvement
By Jay D. Brock – OpEd for Washington Post Regarding Ronald A. Klain’s Feb. 7 Thursday Opinion commentary, “How Democrats could squander their advantage on health care”: There seems to be increasing unease about the state of U.S. health insurance. And with good reason: The current system, based on multiple payers, including large numbers of ...

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 ...

When medication prices are unaffordable, patients travel abroad for a better deal

When medication prices are unaffordable, patients travel abroad for a better deal
By Sarah Gantz for The Inquirer Every three months, Jon Yeagley sets out from his Berwyn home at 5:30 a.m. for the six-hour journey to Canada. He crosses the border at Buffalo, stops at a Walmart a couple of miles into Canada, and turns around 30 minutes later with a small paper bag on the seat ...

Your Health Care is a Business Opportunity?

Your Health Care is a Business Opportunity?
Published on Circleville Herald The floodlight lit Cleveland Clinic at night towered over Cleveland’s dirt poor east side like an Egyptian pyramid. As a paramedic on those desperate streets I could see the plush helicopters chauffeuring the Arab oil sheiks in for their cardiac bypass grafts. Some say this is proof America has the best ...

Big Pharma shells out $20B each year to schmooze docs, $6B on drug ads

Big Pharma shells out $20B each year to schmooze docs, $6B on drug ads
Persuading doctors and direct-to-consumer ads land 1-2 punch for knockout sales. By Beth Mole for Ars Technica Talk with your doctor… It’s a common refrain at the end of any drug advertisement or disease awareness campaign. Ostensibly, it seems like a responsible suggestion. Talking with your own trusted doctor can help determine if a new ...

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals
The cancer center will now bar top officials from sitting on outside boards of for-profit companies, and is conducting a wide-scale review of other policies. By Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein for ProPublica This article was reported and written in collaboration with The New York Times. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s ...

Single Payer Not Single Payer

Single Payer Not Single Payer
Posted on Single Payer Action The people want single payer. The corporate class answers — not single payer. The people say — single payer — get rid of all the other payers. Get rid of the insurance companies. And while you’re at it, get rid of the health maintenance organizations and accountable care organizations and ...