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 ...

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals
The cancer center will now bar top officials from sitting on outside boards of for-profit companies, and is conducting a wide-scale review of other policies. By Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein for ProPublica This article was reported and written in collaboration with The New York Times. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s ...

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won’t Benefit Young People

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won't Benefit Young People
By Brittany Shannahan for Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland What is the buy-in? The Medicare buy-in is one of many “moderate” alternatives to Medicare for All proposed by centrist House Democrats that offer no solutions for millennials. Led by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), the legislation would allow people between the ages of 50 and ...

Single Payer Not Single Payer

Single Payer Not Single Payer
Posted on Single Payer Action The people want single payer. The corporate class answers — not single payer. The people say — single payer — get rid of all the other payers. Get rid of the insurance companies. And while you’re at it, get rid of the health maintenance organizations and accountable care organizations and ...

CBO Will Score All Health Reform Plans as Nationalization

CBO Will Score All Health Reform Plans as Nationalization
By Jon Walker for People’s Policy Project Opponents of Medicare for All say that the cost will scare people away, but the truth is that, because of the way the CBO scores health care policy, any significant effort to reform health care in a progressive way is going to suffer from the exact same “big ...

Over half of Americans delay or don’t get health care because they can’t afford it—these 3 treatments get put off most

Over half of Americans delay or don't get health care because they can't afford it—these 3 treatments get put off most
By Shawn M. Carter for CNBC With open enrollment for many medical plans in full swing, health care is top of mind for millions of Americans. But health care is still too expensive for most: A majority of U.S. adults have to delay getting the care they need, or put it off completely, because they ...

‘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 ...

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. ...

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 ...