Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants

Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Lardner for Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung network ...

Two Medicare for All Plans: HR676 and S1804

Two Medicare for All Plans: HR676 and S1804
By Lambert Strether for Naked Capitalism The other day I was trying to find out why Beto O’Rourke, who claims to support Medicare for All, hasn’t signed on to HR676, the single payer bill before the House. On the Twitter, I was provided this link (from The Ringer, an affiliate site of Markos Moulitsas’ SB ...

A US-inspired reorganisation is about to hit England’s NHS – ‘help us stop it’

A US-inspired reorganisation is about to hit England's NHS – 'help us stop it'
NHS plans due to take effect next spring could make general healthcare as difficult to access as mental healthcare already is – and lock future governments into long contracts with private firms, warn campaigners. By Jenny Shepherd for Open Democracy Members of the public, NHS campaign groups and trade unions are acting to stop NHS ...

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 ...

The time for single-payer system is now

The time for single-payer system is now
By Chuck Pezeshki for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News I read in the Daily News (“Old Peking owner retired, but grateful,” Sept. 1) with a fair amount of chagrin about the closing of the Old Peking Restaurant in Moscow. The owner, Vinh “Sam” Huy Tran, is being forced by health reasons to close his operation of ...

Why Doctors Are Warming to Medicare for All

Why Doctors Are Warming to Medicare for All
Burnout, cynicism, and endless insurance red tape. As America’s private health care system crumbles, doctors are waking up to the need for Medicare for All. By Meagan Day for Jacobin According to a poll earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of American physicians say that single-payer is the best ...

Private Insurance Companies Don’t Care About the Elderly

Private Insurance Companies Don’t Care About the Elderly
NOTE: The author, Joel Dodge, seems to be unaware of HR 676, which includes long term care. Still, he makes a good argument for including long tern care coverage in our single payer healthcare system. This is why we must continue to advocate loudly for its inclusion and protect the integrity of HR 676. – ...

The No-Brainer Case for Universal Long-Term Care

The No-Brainer Case for Universal Long-Term Care
By Joel Dodge for People’s Policy Project Progressives have increasingly coalesced around a single-payer Medicare-for-All system as the goal for American healthcare. There is one piece of our healthcare system in particular where single-payer is the undeniably obvious solution: long-term care. Long-term care encompasses everything from nursing homes to home health aides to rehabilitation for ...

Government Healthcare Is Saving My Mum’s Life

Government Healthcare Is Saving My Mum's Life
By Libby Watson for Splinter My mother has lung cancer. At the end of last year, she began feeling breathless and tired, struggling with walks around the village I grew up in; in March, we found out a tumor was to blame. When she was diagnosed, I found myself constantly writing about it in my ...

Our health care system is killing us

Our health care system is killing us
By Jennifer Perkins, MD for Juneau Empire   How much longer are we going to tolerate incremental approaches to fix a broken health care system that feeds off disease and profits on the sick? Extremely high health care costs have become so common place that we rarely question them. News headlines flash “Plan to control ...