Stop fearmongering about ‘Medicare for All.’ Most families would pay less for better care.

Stop fearmongering about 'Medicare for All.' Most families would pay less for better care.
By Donald M. Berwick for USA Today With costs rising painfully, insurance companies denying care and nearly 30 million people still uninsured, America desperately needs an honest health policy discussion. That’s why it has been so disappointing over the past several weeks to watch multiple candidates parrot right-wing attacks on “Medicare for All,” like claiming that it ...

Groupons For Medical Treatment? Welcome To Today’s U.S. Health Care

Groupons For Medical Treatment? Welcome To Today’s U.S. Health Care
By Lauren Weber for Kaiser Health News Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball tables. Similar deals have shown ...

How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor

How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor
The most vulnerable Americans are being dunned into destitution through surprise fees and fraudulent practices. By Libby Watson for The New Republic The pundit class collapsed back in its chair last week, exhausted and spent, from a furious wonk-off session over Bernie Sanders’s rhetoric on medical bankruptcies. The Washington Post’s in-house political fact-checking apparatus assigned a ...

Faced With Soaring Costs of Private Insurance, Poll Shows 58% of Small Business Owners Support Medicare for All

Faced With Soaring Costs of Private Insurance, Poll Shows 58% of Small Business Owners Support Medicare for All
“Medicare for All is the only solution to our healthcare cost crisis that will offer relief to workers and small businesses alike.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams A survey released this week by Public Private Strategies (PPS) found that, faced with soaring costs under the for-profit status quo, 58 percent of U.S. small business ...

Assuring continuing access to health care in rural America

Assuring continuing access to health care in rural America
By Paul Morton Ganeles for Arizona Daily Star In his Aug. 22 op-ed, Dr. TK Kelly, an emergency medical MD, appropriately stressed the problems rural residents encounter when requiring emergency medical services. During my career, I served for some 28 years as a CFO in three major metropolitan teaching hospitals; a Medicare provider appeals judge ...

Private Equity: The Perps Behind Destructive Hospital Surprise Billing

Private Equity: The Perps Behind Destructive Hospital Surprise Billing
By Yves Smith for Naked Capitalism I have to confess to having missed how private equity is a central bad actor in the “surprise billing” scam that is being targeted by Federal and state legislation. This abuse takes place when hospital patients, even when using a hospital that is in their insurer’s network, are hit ...

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All
The media and the private insurance lobbyists are doing everything they can to twist the truth about public opinion on a public health system. Don’t listen: when it’s described accurately to them, a majority of Americans want Medicare for All. By Luke Savage for Jacobin America’s public debate on health care has long been riddled ...

‘It’s a Sure Winner—Except for the Profiteers’: 200+ Economists Send Letter to Congress Endorsing Medicare for All

'It's a Sure Winner—Except for the Profiteers': 200+ Economists Send Letter to Congress Endorsing Medicare for All
“The time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system in the United States,” the economists wrote By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Ahead of a historic single-payer hearing at the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, more than 200 economists sent a letter to Congress blasting America’s “exorbitant and wasteful” healthcare ...

Why we need Single-Payer Medicare-for-All

Why we need Single-Payer Medicare-for-All
By Dr. Jay D. Brock for Fredricksburg.com If you think America has the greatest health care system in the world, think again: $500 billion-plus is wasted each year in administrative, marketing, overhead, and profit costs, more than Germany, France, or Japan spend on their health care systems. 600,000 hardworking American families (most with health insurance) ...

AARP should support Medicare for All, not UnitedHealthcare

AARP should support Medicare for All, not UnitedHealthcare
By Michael K. Broughton in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Why is the American Association of Retired Persons supporting a company that wants to keep its financial boot on the throats of AARP members? Universal health care for all Americans makes sense. A government program for all Americans would distribute the cost of claims to many, rather ...