Pelosi: ‘Medicare for All’ should be ‘evaluated’ if Dems win House

Pelosi: 'Medicare for All' should be 'evaluated' if Dems win House
NOTE: It is a good sign that Nancy Pelosi’s rhetoric is changing. It shows that the political winds are blowing toward single payer. Pelosi is likely to face a challenge for the House Speaker position if the Democrats take the majority in the House this fall. Our tasks are to keep building momentum for National ...

Is this the year the AMA finally joins the single-payer movement?

Is this the year the AMA finally joins the single-payer movement?
By Jonathan Michels, Robertha Barnes, and Sydney Russell Leed for STAT News Fifty years ago this month, at the 1968 meeting of the American Medical Association, a fourth-year medical student named Peter Schnall seized the microphone and scolded several hundred of the most prestigious, highly educated white men in America. “Organized medicine has never felt ...

Amid Grassroots Push, Medicare for All Winning Big in Democratic Primaries

Amid Grassroots Push, Medicare for All Winning Big in Democratic Primaries
By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams “Being able to go to the doctor for any reason and not worry about paying for it? That sounds pretty good. We should do that.” With Medicare for All reaching record levels of support among both members of Congress and the American public—where support for single-payer is spreading “like ...

Andrew J. Cohen: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much

Andrew J. Cohen: The VA is working just fine, thank you very much
By Andrew J. Cohen for The Spokesman-Review “A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are typical of Republicans in Congress, who have made no secret of their intention to privatize the department. President ...

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care
Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor. By Reed Abelson and Julie Creswell for The New York Times Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple ...

Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear

Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear
By Ralph Nader for Counterpunch Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks. I say ‘already’ because, as of yet, there is no major national campaign underway showing that an ‘everybody in, nobody out’ system of health ...

Whistleblowers Sue City’s Top Health Insurance Providers

Whistleblowers Sue City's Top Health Insurance Providers
By Brigid Bergin for WNYC Three whistleblowers representing New York City employees and retirees are suing the city’s top health insurance providers for defrauding taxpayers of more than a billion dollars. The lawsuit unsealed in New York Supreme Court last month alleges that GHI, along with parent company EmblemHealth and their partner, Empire Blue Cross ...

Getting From Profits for a Few to Health Care for All

Getting From Profits for a Few to Health Care for All
By Scott Tucker for Truthdig Democracy is a more radical idea than socialism. That has been noted by a fair number of democratic socialists, including one of the steady campaigners on the left wing of the British Labor Party, Tony Benn, who died in 2014. By stressing democracy first and foremost, he plainly did not ...

The Healthcare Bait-and-Switch: From the Clintons to Obama and Back Again

The Healthcare Bait-and-Switch: From the Clintons to Obama and Back Again
By Glen Ford for Black Agenda Report “Cory Booker and others are joining the pro-single payer bandwagon to weaken it from the inside.” On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders’ single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. “People who have health ...

Doctors welcome Rep. Keith Ellison as new lead sponsor of Medicare for all bill

Doctors welcome Rep. Keith Ellison as new lead sponsor of Medicare for all bill
Press Release via Physicians for a National health Program Unlike incremental reforms, single-payer plan is the only way to achieve both universal coverage and cost control Physicians for a National health Program (PNHP), the leading national physicians group advocating for single payer health care reform, welcomed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as the new lead sponsor of H.R. ...