We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance

We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance
New single-payer plans don’t need to worry about carving out roles for health-care profiteers.  By Adam Gaffney for The Nation Does achieving “Medicare for All” mean mostly eliminating private health insurance? Single-payer proponents say yes: After all, if a public plan provides comprehensive, no-deductible coverage for everyone, nobody would want—much less be willing pay for—duplicative ...

Medicare for All: What it is, what it isn’t

Medicare for All: What it is, what it isn't
By Jon Greenberg for PolitiFact Ever since Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fired up the Democratic base two years ago with his plan to deliver Medicare for All, the idea has become a kind of yardstick for measuring a candidate’s support for a single-payer health care system. But Medicare for All presents challenges both practical and ...

Medicare for All fills a room

Medicare for All fills a room
Attendance thrills backers of single-payer health system By Ashley Sloboda for The Journal Gazette Rachel Rose Reagan didn’t know if anybody in Fort Wayne would attend an event aimed to mobilize supporters of a government-run, single-payer health insurance system. She seemed awed Sunday as she addressed a crowded conference room at the downtown Allen County ...

Eighty-seven million adults are inadequately insured

Eighty-seven million adults are inadequately insured
Health Insurance Coverage Eight Years After the ACA By Sara R. Collins, Herman K. Bhupal, and Michelle M. Doty for The Commonwealth Fund The greatest deterioration in the quality and comprehensiveness of coverage has occurred among people in employer plans. More than half of Americans under age 65 — about 158 million people — get ...

Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”

Top Nancy Pelosi Aide Privately Tells Insurance Executives Not to Worry About Democrats Pushing “Medicare for All”
By Ryan Grim for The Intercept Less than a month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide to then-prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Blue Cross Blue Shield executives and assured them that party ...

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 ...

Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About

Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About
By Mark Provost for Truthout The Trump administration is trying to convey panic that there’s an immediate crisis on the southern border, pointing to caravans of desperate people who have traveled thousands of miles. It’s true that Latin and Central Americans are coming to the US fleeing violence and poverty, much of it caused by ...

Insurance companies are supposed to be heartless. That’s why we need single-payer

Insurance companies are supposed to be heartless. That's why we need single-payer
Letters to the Editor in the Los Angeles Times To the editor: Michael Kinsley is arguably correct when he writes regarding the denial of coverage for people with preexisting conditions: “The insurance companies are not behaving like heartless monsters. They are behaving like insurance companies.” Well, they may or may not be monsters, but insurance ...

Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants

Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Lardner for Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung network ...

‘I’m Drowning’: Your Stories of Buying Healthcare for 2019

'I'm Drowning': Your Stories of Buying Healthcare for 2019
By Libby Watson for Splinter News Last week, we asked you to send in details of the insurance plans you purchased on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. We received more than 70 messages, mostly all with the same theme: This shit is too expensive, and it sucks. Although some people felt their plans were pretty ...