Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’

Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’
By Noam N. Levey for Los Angeles Times Wendy Matney hesitated to tell her family not to call 911. “It seemed almost selfish to say, ‘Please don’t call because we can’t afford this,’” said the 39-year-old home health aide, who has a form of epilepsy that causes frequent, sometimes violent, seizures. Matney has been to ...

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America

The Nightmare of Medical Care in America
To be sick and not rich By Beverly Gologorsky for Common Dreams On this extremely hot summer day, the ear-splitting siren screaming through New York’s streets is coming from the ambulance I’m in — on a gurney on my way to the ER. That only makes the siren, loud as it is, all the more ...

Most American workers would have more money with socialized health care

Most American workers would have more money with socialized health care
By Tim Fernholz & Daniel Wolfe for Quartz Forget what Medicare for All will cost the government. What could it cost you? Many Democratic candidates for the White House are promoting some form of single-payer universal health care under the rubric of expanding Medicare, the US health insurance program for seniors. There’s a range of ...

US Workers Are Paying High Taxes. But Without Any of the Benefits.

US Workers Are Paying High Taxes. But Without Any of the Benefits.
The United States is commonly thought of as a low-tax country. But workers effectively pay some of the highest taxes in the developed world — without getting a decent welfare state in return. By Matt Bruenig for Jacobin Magazine Comparing labor tax rates across countries is a tricky endeavor. Some countries rely mostly on income ...

Medicare For All Is The Care Every Family Needs

Medicare For All Is The Care Every Family Needs
I could tell stories for hours about patients I know whose health has worsened because they can’t afford to see physicians like me, fill their prescriptions, or get essential tests By Laura Kaplan-Weisman for Common Dreams My name is Dr. Laura Kaplan-Weisman, and I am a family physician from Maryland. I provide primary care to ...

People Lose Their Employer-Sponsored Insurance Constantly

People Lose Their Employer-Sponsored Insurance Constantly
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project Nancy Pelosi said this about Medicare for All yesterday: “When most people say they’re for Medicare-for-all, I think they mean health care for all. Let’s see what that means. A lot of people love having their employer-based insurance and the Affordable Care Act gave them better benefits,” said ...

How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare

How My Republican Parents Convinced Me the U.S. Needs Single-Payer Healthcare
By V.R. Craft for Millennial Politics H.O.P.E. Note: Click here to check out our “Convince Me” Tools for Various Constituencies INCLUDING Conservatives Twice, my Republican mother has almost died from a lack of affordable health care, but she still hates the idea of a single-payer system. The first time she almost died she was at ...

Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M to the 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare for All

Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M to the 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare for All
By Carl Gibson for GritPost Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) recently rolled out House Democrats’ version of a Medicare for All proposal that would ensure all Americans have guaranteed healthcare. The bill (H.R. 1384) has an impressive 106 co-sponsors, and has been called “the most ambitious Medicare-for-All plan yet” by Vox, which also reported the benefits ...

Single mother goes from traffic stop to bench warrant to jail over unpaid medical bill: ‘It just isn’t right’

Single mother goes from traffic stop to bench warrant to jail over unpaid medical bill: 'It just isn't right'
By Jerry Davich for Chicago Tribune Melissa Welch-Latronica had no idea why she got pulled over by a Valparaiso police officer earlier this month. He informed her that she failed to affix her 2019 sticker to her license plate. She apologized and handed him her driver’s license. Then she waited, and waited. She noticed a ...

Profit-Driven Health Care Is Killing The Dreams Of Young People. Young People Are Fighting Back.

Profit-Driven Health Care Is Killing The Dreams Of Young People. Young People Are Fighting Back.
By National Nurses United Briana Moss, 30, grew up in Dyersville, Iowa, site of the “field of dreams” (from the 1989 movie). Despite the reputation of her hometown, her own life dreams feel on hold. At age 30, when many young people are getting their careers off the ground, Moss’ life choices are guided by ...