‘If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price’: A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting

'If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price': A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting
By Fran Quigley for Common Dreams Frances Leath no longer works in management for pharmaceutical industry giant Eli Lilly and Company, but she keeps tabs on the company where she spent the first 15 years of her career. She still lives in Indianapolis, home of the company headquarters. She has watched as Lilly’s dramatic increases ...

Advisory council backs universal, single-payer pharmacare plan

Advisory council backs universal, single-payer pharmacare plan
H.O.P.E. NOTE: This article shows that nationalizing pharmaceutical coverage would save money in Canada, lowering overall costs by $5 billion per year and costs to patients. Canada has a population that is one-tenth the US population. Medicare for All in the US would include coverage for prescriptions and would also lower costs by negotiating for ...

Single-Payer Reform—“Medicare for All”

Single-Payer Reform—“Medicare for All”
By Steffie Woolhandler, MD and David U. Himmelstein, MD for Jama Network The prospect of single-payer “Medicare-for-all” reform evokes enthusiasm and concern. Proponents maintain that a single-payer system would be the simplest route to universal coverage; every US resident would qualify for comprehensive insurance under a public, tax-financed plan that would replace private insurers, Medicaid, and Medicare. Others are ...

Doctors To Test AMA’s Opposition To Medicare For All

Doctors To Test AMA’s Opposition To Medicare For All
By Bruce Japsen for Forbes Some physicians from within the American Medical Association want the national doctors group to consider dropping its opposition to a single payer version of “Medicare for All.” The AMA’s stance on “Medicare for All” and other proposals to expand insurance coverage will be debated next month at the doctor group’s ...

Why I Got Arrested For #MedicareForAll

Why I Got Arrested For #MedicareForAll
So many lives are lost every day to our broken health system. By Mary Gerisch for Common Dreams A few weeks ago I was in handcuffs, one of six People’s Action members arrested at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington, D.C.. We engaged in a peaceful protest after we asked Mitch to step out of ...

Demanding Medicare for All, Nurses Use Band-Aids to Plaster GoFundMe Pages to Big Pharma Headquarters

Demanding Medicare for All, Nurses Use Band-Aids to Plaster GoFundMe Pages to Big Pharma Headquarters
“Nobody should have a GoFundMe account to pay for their healthcare, and we’re here to make sure that that stops.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Hundreds of nurses and their allies from across the country rallied Monday outside the headquarters of the pharmaceutical industry’s top lobbying group and plastered the GoFundMe pages of Americans ...

How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare

How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare
By V.R. Craft for Millennial Politics H.O.P.E. Note: Click here to check out our “Convince Me” Tools for Various Constituencies INCLUDING Conservatives Twice, my Republican mother has almost died from a lack of affordable health care, but she still hates the idea of a single-payer system. The first time she almost died she was at ...

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 ...

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 ...