How Medicare for All Would Stop Hospitals Like Hahnemann From Closing

How Medicare for All Would Stop Hospitals Like Hahnemann From Closing
By Adam Gaffney for The Nation On Monday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined hospital staff, patients, and activists in a large protest outside the doors of Hahnemann University Hospital, a major safety-net hospital in northern Philadelphia. The demonstration came days after another rally at the hospital, attended by an estimated 800 protesters, last week. The ...

Voters Are Less Scared of Government Healthcare Than You Think

Voters Are Less Scared of Government Healthcare Than You Think
By Libby Watson for Splinter News Democratic supporters of the public option, which include Joe Biden but also Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand, fear more than anything the wrath of the imaginary Voter Who Would Die For Their Private Insurer. A new poll from Morning Consult reveals that one particular aspect of this is flawed. ...

UnitedHealth’s political and financial heft just keeps growing

UnitedHealth's political and financial heft just keeps growing
By Bob Herman for Axios UnitedHealth Group’s stock fell 2.3% yesterday even though the company continues to print money and raised its profit projections for the rest of the year. The big picture: Wall Street is quibbling over the “quality” of UnitedHealth’s earnings beat, but that doesn’t really matter. UnitedHealth remains the most financially powerful ...

Why we need Medicare for All

Why we need Medicare for All
By Dr. Jack Donaldson for VC Star Angélica is a 44-year-old, undocumented, transgender woman who I have only seen a handful of times. In 2017, she qualified for one month of care under emergency Medi-Cal, after a visit to the emergency room. I was able to start her on gender-affirming hormones, but shortly thereafter she ...

Harvard researchers: ‘Medicare for All’ wouldn’t overwhelm hospitals

Harvard researchers: 'Medicare for All' wouldn't overwhelm hospitals
By Jacqueline Renfrow for Fierce Healthcare There seems to be no evidence that supports the belief that there would be a surge in hospital use if the government implements “Medicare for All,” according to a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Much of the debate around Medicare for All centers on a fear ...

Which 2020 Democrats are taking money from the healthcare industry?

Which 2020 Democrats are taking money from the healthcare industry?
Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and insurers are working together to stop Sanders’ proposed healthcare plan from gaining even more traction within the Democratic party. By Karl Evers-Hillstrom for Nation of Change Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on fellow Democratic presidential candidates to reject contributions from the healthcare industry this week, a renewed effort to distinguish himself from a progressive field ...

We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It.

We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It.
Guaranteed dental coverage would finally put an end to the deep inequities in U.S. oral health. By Natalie Shure for In These Times Over an early September weekend in 2017, some 850 visitors showed up to the University of Maryland (UMD) basketball arena in College Park. But the attendees weren’t there to watch a game, ...

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All

Americans Actually Do Want Medicare for All
The media and the private insurance lobbyists are doing everything they can to twist the truth about public opinion on a public health system. Don’t listen: when it’s described accurately to them, a majority of Americans want Medicare for All. By Luke Savage for Jacobin America’s public debate on health care has long been riddled ...

‘If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price’: A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting

'If Grandma Is on the Table, No One Will Blink at the Price': A Former Drug Company Manager Explains Industry Price-Setting
By Fran Quigley for Common Dreams Frances Leath no longer works in management for pharmaceutical industry giant Eli Lilly and Company, but she keeps tabs on the company where she spent the first 15 years of her career. She still lives in Indianapolis, home of the company headquarters. She has watched as Lilly’s dramatic increases ...

50 Million Adults Are Uninsured Every Single Year

50 Million Adults Are Uninsured Every Single Year
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project Everyone knows the American health care system is a disaster, but surprisingly few realize just how much of a disaster it really is. One reason for this is that the statistics we use to measure it completely miss how much anguish is caused by people constantly cycling in ...