Insured, But Indebted: Couple Works 5 Jobs To Pay Off Medical Bills

Insured, But Indebted: Couple Works 5 Jobs To Pay Off Medical Bills
By Jonel Aleccia for NPR Robert and Tiffany Cano of San Tan Valley, Ariz., have a new marriage, a new house and a 10-month-old son, Brody, who is delighted by his ability to blow raspberries. They also have a stack of medical bills that threatens to undermine it all. In the months since their sturdy, ...

25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare

25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare
By Ralph Nader on his blog Dear America: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. ...

The Cost of Employer Insurance Is a Growing Burden for Middle-Income Families

The Cost of Employer Insurance Is a Growing Burden for Middle-Income Families
NOTE: This study is helpful because it shows what an increasing burden the current healthcare system is for families. Sadly, the policy recommendations leave out the elephant in the room. The problem with our healthcare system is the profit motive of health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and others. We can’t address the healthcare crisis until ...

Three ways to cut — and improve — Medicare

Three ways to cut — and improve — Medicare
By Ed Weisbart for STAT News The Republicans are right. We should cut Medicare. And I know how: Keep Medicare’s funding for actual health care but eliminate bureaucratic waste, profits, and the expensive and preposterous ban on negotiating drug prices. In other words, get rid of Part C and Part D and absorb the extra ...

Taking the Fight to the Insurance Industry

Taking the Fight to the Insurance Industry
NOTE: While this protest was focused on a state bill, the tactics are similar to what we will need to use to pressure members of Congress to pass a strong National Improved Medicare for All single payer healthcare system. By Sofia Arias for SocialistWorker.org Forty single-payer health care activists braved freezing temperatures and an impending ...

Why Medicare-for-All is looking better and better after the midterms

Why Medicare-for-All is looking better and better after the midterms
By Jeff Spross for The Week Medicaid had a big election night. Four states, all of them pretty red, had Medicaid expansion on the ballot. Three of those referendums won on Tuesday. In another two states that had refused the expansion, Democrats took the governorships. As Vox‘s Sarah Kliff noted, this could all result in ...

Medicare for All policy has become politics’ sticking point

Medicare for All policy has become politics' sticking point
A survey found 225 Democratic candidates in the House running explicitly on the single-payer healthcare policy By Jessica Glenza in The Guardian Pramila Jayapal is a first-term congresswoman from one of the most progressive districts in Washington state. As such, it might seem easy to dismiss the political action committee she started in September, called ...

As lawyers argue Medicaid expansion case, uninsured Mainers forgo health care

As lawyers argue Medicaid expansion case, uninsured Mainers forgo health care
Thousands of low-income residents who don’t have health insurance are skimping on medications or passing up on treatment as they wait for access to Medicaid coverage that voters approved 11 months ago. By Joe Lawlor for Press Herald Eric Spahn knows he should be taking better care of his deteriorating health, but without insurance and ...

Guest commentary: Single-payer health care likely less disruptive, better for economy

Guest commentary: Single-payer health care likely less disruptive, better for economy
By Dr. George Bohmfalk for The Aspen Times Many people fear that moving abruptly to a single-payer system, as in expanding and improving Medicare to cover everyone, would be disruptive and might wreck the economy. I believe that the only areas that may face any disruption would be the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. There is ...

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost

Breast cancer survivors have a bigger problem after treatment: The cost
By Ann Pietrangelo for Healthline   Breast cancer treatment is saving lives. But its extreme expense is also causing a different kind of hardship for many survivors, saddling them with lifelong financial burden. A new study finds that many physicians believe they’re adequately addressing patients’ financial concerns before treatment. However, many patients say doctors need ...