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 ...

What Trump gets wrong about Medicare-for-All

What Trump gets wrong about Medicare-for-All
Posted by CNN Wire President Trump’s critique of “Medicare-for-all” reform assaults the truth. Contrary to his claims, the single-payer bills in the House and Senate would upgrade coverage and broaden choice for seniors, along with the rest of Americans. And Medicare-for-all would slow the growth of medical costs, assuring Medicare’s long-term financial health. Medicare currently ...

Doctor: National health care is a ‘moral imperative’

Doctor: National health care is a 'moral imperative'
By Jenny Gray for Fulton Sun This week, Dr. Robert Blake, emeritus professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, remembered a patient who died, but possibly could have lived a longer life. “He was a farmer and had high blood pressure,” Blake said. The farmer had an insurance policy with a ...

How to Pay for Medicare for All? Supporters Say That’s the Wrong Question. Here’s Why.

How to Pay for Medicare for All? Supporters Say That’s the Wrong Question. Here’s Why.
By Yuval Rosenberg for The Fiscal Times Any Democrat proposing a transition to a Medicare-for-all system can expect to be pressed on a pivotal question: How do you plan to pay for it? The price tag: Various estimates have pegged the cost of a Medicare-for-all system at around $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion a year. ...

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is ‘morally wrong’

Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is 'morally wrong'
Exclusive: Former UN secretary general accuses ‘powerful’ health interests in the US of blocking universal healthcare By Jessica Glenza for The Guardian The former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has denounced the United States’ healthcare system as politically and morally wrong, and urged American leaders to enact publicly financed healthcare as a “human right”. ...

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need
Letter to the Editor by Quinn Golden in Concord Monitor Our for-profit health care system is a national embarrassment. In health care, the same level of care should be provided to everyone regardless of income, social status, race, etc. Our current system of health care is not equitable. It is clear that our economically disadvantaged ...

Why does the U.S. spend so much more on healthcare? It’s the prices

Why does the U.S. spend so much more on healthcare? It's the prices
By Harris Meyer for Modern Healthcare “It’s an incredible bureaucratic mess to get anything done for patients,” said Cullen, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In contrast, Dr. Trina Larsen Soles’ 12-physician general practice in Golden, British Columbia, has one full-time staffer assigned each day to billing the province’s public medical services plan, ...

500 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raise Because They Already Make Too Much Money

500 Canadian Doctors Protest Pay Raise Because They Already Make Too Much Money
Note: This article reminds us that our work is never done. No system is perfect. Efforts to improve a system, as these doctors and students are doing in Canada will always be required.  National Improved Medicare for All is a first step in the United States toward solving our healthcare crisis because it provides a ...

A Long Era of Low Health Care Inflation May Be Coming to End

A Long Era of Low Health Care Inflation May Be Coming to End
By John Tozzi for Bloomberg Since the late 2000s Great Recession, historically low increases in health-care prices have helped hold down inflation. That may be about to change. Hospital prices increased 2.2 percent in December, the fastest rate in four years, according to an analysis by Altarum, a nonprofit health-care research organization. The group analyzes data ...