Single-Payer or Bust

Single-Payer or Bust
By providing a single tier of coverage to all, with automatic enrollment, comprehensive benefits, and no cost-sharing, single-payer provides a distinct, egalitarian vision of universality. By Adam Gaffney for Dissent Magazine In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer ...

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 ...

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 ...

Providence Medical Group CEO: We’re 5-10 years out on single payer system

Providence Medical Group CEO: We're 5-10 years out on single payer system
By Morgan Haefner for Becker’s Hospital Review Payer mix changes, like a shift toward more patients in government programs, coupled with rising healthcare costs, mean change is likely coming for America’s healthcare payment system, according to the Beaverton Valley Times. Doug Koekkoek, MD, chief executive of Portland, Ore.-based Providence Medical Group, said a possible result ...

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt

When credit scores become casualties of healthcare debt
By Shefali Luthra for Modern Healthcare After a devastating horse-riding accident in 2017 landed him in the hospital for a month, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky. The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Woodard’s employer-sponsored health insurance limited his out-of-pocket maximum payment to $5,000. He reached ...

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding
By Phil Galewitz for Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump wants to employ a rarely used budget maneuver called “rescission” to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Administration officials insist the cuts wouldn’t negatively affect any programs — rather, they would merely return money ...

Socialists Push Phoenix Mayor Stanton to Support Single-Payer Health Care

Socialists Push Phoenix Mayor Stanton to Support Single-Payer Health Care
By Joseph Flaherty for Phoenix New Times Local leftists are pushing Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to support single-payer health care before he resigns to run for Congress. The Phoenix chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America submitted a citizen petition to the City Council on May 2, urging Stanton and the council to support a universal system ...

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 ...

Single-payer: Healthcare 10 times better than you ever dreamed of

Single-payer: Healthcare 10 times better than you ever dreamed of
By Chris Graham for Augusta Free Press I’m not here to give you chapter, verse and footnotes on single-payer, why we need to join the rest of the industrialized world in making access to healthcare a basic human right. You don’t need the data to tell you what’s right. If you’re of the mindset that ...

Why does the U.S. spend so much more on healthcare? It’s the prices

Why does the U.S. spend so much more on healthcare? It's the prices
By Harris Meyer for Modern Healthcare “It’s an incredible bureaucratic mess to get anything done for patients,” said Cullen, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In contrast, Dr. Trina Larsen Soles’ 12-physician general practice in Golden, British Columbia, has one full-time staffer assigned each day to billing the province’s public medical services plan, ...