453 rural hospitals are failing — Medicare for All would save them

453 rural hospitals are failing — Medicare for All would save them
By Diane Archer for The Hill Our for-profit health care system isn’t working for rural Americans. More than 120 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. According to a new report from Chartis Center for Rural Health, another 453—almost one in four—are at risk of failing. Corporate health insurers can’t provide coverage to meet rural patients’ ...

Medicare For All Would Result In Net Increase Of New Jobs, Report Says

Medicare For All Would Result In Net Increase Of New Jobs, Report Says
By Eric Galatas for Longmont Observer DENVER — New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that switching to a single-payer health system would boost the overall economy, make it easier for workers to switch jobs or start businesses, and create a net surplus of new jobs. Josh Bivens, the institute’s research director, said wages likely would ...

Single-Payer System Would Be More Effective in Managing Pandemics

Single-Payer System Would Be More Effective in Managing Pandemics
Interview via Between the Lines Since first being identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the coronavirus, COVID-19 has spread quickly around the world, hitting the nations of South Korea, Italy and Iran the hardest. As of March 10, more than 113,000 people have reportedly contracted the virus and 4,000 have died worldwide. In the ...

Surprise medical bills, coronavirus and bad insurance: 3 arguments for Medicare for All

Surprise medical bills, coronavirus and bad insurance: 3 arguments for Medicare for All
By Philip A. Verhoef for USA Today Congress is grappling with the problem of surprise medical bills, but will its Band-Aid approaches make a difference? As a physician, I’m trained to look beyond superficial symptoms to diagnose the underlying ailment. When patients pay thousands of dollars each year for “good” private insurance, how does a health care ...

20 Top Economists Endorse Medicare for All as Best Plan to Cut Costs, Save Tens of Thousands of Lives Each Year

20 Top Economists Endorse Medicare for All as Best Plan to Cut Costs, Save Tens of Thousands of Lives Each Year
“By eliminating insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, and lowering overall healthcare costs, Medicare for All will result in enormous savings for almost all households, all except the richest households who will pay more in taxes.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Rejecting “loose talk” from corporate Democrats, the media, and insurance industry that a single-payer ...

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy
HOPE NOTE: We have similar information in our Tools for Education section. Check it out and spread the word among friends, family and community! By Linda Carroll for Reuters (Reuters Health) – U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person – more than four times ...

American health care system costs four times more than Canada’s single-payer system

American health care system costs four times more than Canada's single-payer system
Average Americans pay $2,497 a year for insurance overhead and admin costs, while Canadians pay just $551 By Igor Derysh for Salon The cost of administering health care in the United States costs four times as much as it does in Canada, which has had a single-payer system for nearly 60 years, according to a new ...

Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year

Yale Study Says Medicare for All Would Save U.S. $450 Billion, Prevent Nearly 70,000 Deaths a Year
By Staff for Democracy Now! As the Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take to the debate stage tonight, we turn to a central issue of the campaign: Medicare for All. In a new study, Yale scholars have found that Medicare for All will save Americans more than $450 billion and prevent 68,000 deaths every year. ...

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It's Medicare for All
“Major changes are needed,” declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, “to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little.” By Jon Queally for Common Dreams The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of ...

Medicare for All ‘Is What Patients Need’: New Harvard Study Shows Even Those With Private Insurance Can’t Afford Care

Medicare for All 'Is What Patients Need': New Harvard Study Shows Even Those With Private Insurance Can't Afford Care
“When so many people can’t get the care they need even when they have insurance coverage, it says that insurance is not doing what it is supposed to do: ensure that healthcare is affordable when you need it.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams The for-profit U.S. healthcare system is so broken that a growing ...