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 ...

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won’t Benefit Young People

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won't Benefit Young People
By Brittany Shannahan for Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland What is the buy-in? The Medicare buy-in is one of many “moderate” alternatives to Medicare for All proposed by centrist House Democrats that offer no solutions for millennials. Led by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), the legislation would allow people between the ages of 50 and ...

Should Institutional Providers Be Incentivized by Profit under Medicare for All?

Should Institutional Providers Be Incentivized by Profit under Medicare for All?
By Lambert Strether for Naked Capitalism I’ve avoided writing about hospitals and other institutions, because my focus has always been on the patient, and whether they get, or don’t get, health care under our horrid mixed system of Medicaid, private insurance, and Medicare (subject to a neoliberal infestation though it may be). However, as Medicare ...

Single Payer Not Single Payer

Single Payer Not Single Payer
Posted on Single Payer Action The people want single payer. The corporate class answers — not single payer. The people say — single payer — get rid of all the other payers. Get rid of the insurance companies. And while you’re at it, get rid of the health maintenance organizations and accountable care organizations and ...

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills
I spent a year writing about ER bills. Zuckerberg San Francisco General has the most surprising billing practices I’ve seen. By Sarah Kliff for Vox On April 3, Nina Dang, 24, found herself in a position like so many San Francisco bike riders — on the pavement with a broken arm. A bystander saw her ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. – ...

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 ...

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare for All

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare for All
By Brittany Shannahan for Healthcare Is A Human Right Maryland A new twitter campaign led by The Coalition for Medicare Choices promises to mobilize two million seniors to “preserve and strengthen” Medicare Advantage. But who is the Coalition for Medicare Choices? With Medicare Advantage now covering 33% of Medicare enrollees, what does the state of Medicare Advantage ...