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 ...

Your Turn: A cost-effective alternative for U.S. healthcare

Your Turn: A cost-effective alternative for U.S. healthcare
By Ken Lefkowitz for Courier Post If someone paid $1,000 for a service they could purchase elsewhere for $512, you’d think they were quite foolish. Yet, that’s the situation facing healthcare in America today. Our current system for financing healthcare has been ineffective in controlling costs or providing the highest-level quality care. In 2016, the ...

Businesses back single-payer plan

Businesses back single-payer plan
By Ron Green in the Albany Democrat-Herald Many years ago I started and ran a bicycle store, building it over 10 years to seven or eight employees. For the first year or so, my one worker was, like me, a disabled veteran with health care through the VA. I could tell insurance salesmen that our ...

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs

61% of hospital leaders say single-payer would help lower healthcare costs
By Alia Paavola for Becker’s Hospital Review A new report from the New England Journal of Medicine-Catalysts about trends in payer-provider integration suggests that the industry is warming up to single-payer — with 61 percent of hospital leaders saying single-payer would boost the industry’s efforts to lower costs and provide better care. For its report, ...

Healthcare Advocates Block Chicago Streets Demanding Care

Healthcare Advocates Block Chicago Streets Demanding Care
By Anne Scheetz for Popular Resistance Responding to Iashea Cross’s cry, “Are you ready to take action?,” on August 31 members of Chicago ADAPT and the Alliance for Community Services, and personal assistants from SEIU Healthcare Illinois, kicked off Labor Day weekend by blocking two streets at the State of Illinois Building in downtown Chicago. ...

Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All

Add this horror story of teacher charged $109K after heart attack to long list of reasons US badly needs Medicare For All
“The lesson is, if you live in America and get charged an outrageous medical bill, you better hope you can find a journalist to write about it.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Adding yet another horrifying anecdote to the ever-growing list of reasons the United States urgently needs to transition away from its disastrous ...

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 ...

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too

A slim majority of Republicans now want single-payer too
By Emma Ockerman for Vice News It’s not just Sen. Bernie Sanders fanatics and DSA darlings pulling for expanding Medicare and developing a single-payer system. Apparently, some Republicans want it too. That’s according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found 51.9 percent of Republicans would embrace a Medicare-for-All policy, out of the 2,989 people who ...

Jake Tapper’s Faulty Medicare for All Fact-Check

Jake Tapper’s Faulty Medicare for All Fact-Check
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project CNN’s Jake Tapper released a video on Friday claiming to fact-check Bernie Sanders’s claims about the cost of Medicare for All. Tapper’s fact-check follows in the tradition of the fact-checks that came before his in that it is riddled with errors that the libertarian Mercatus Center fed him. ...

The medical lobby is already peddling lies about Medicare-for-all

The medical lobby is already peddling lies about Medicare-for-all
By Ryan Cooper for The Week Medicare-for-all is getting some real momentum behind it, with several more supporters winning congressional primaries on Tuesday night. The medical industry — drug companies, insurance companies, medical providers, and others — has thus been gearing up to preserve the fat profits they enjoy under the horrendous status quo. They’ve ...