How Single Payer Captured Me in Canada

Above photo: Tommy Douglas, Canada’s “Father of Medicare.” From Sojourners. By Jean Swanson My dad poked his head into my room.  “Canada is a nice country,” he said. “But watch out for Saskatchewan, they have socialized medicine.”  It was about 1959. I was an Oregon teenager studying Canada in school. Fast forward 8 years later.  […]

What Medicare For All Would Have Meant A Decade Ago

Imagine if a new generation could experience guaranteed care, with quality not determined by wealth or income, but instead delivered as the human right it should be. By Jarod Facundo for For years my aunt Sylvia knew something was wrong. She told doctors she was experiencing pain, but they shrugged it off as age-related. […]

Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them

By Michael Hiltzik for Los Angeles Times The most perplexing aspect of our current debate over healthcare and health coverage is the notion that Americans love their health insurance companies. This bizarre idea surfaced most recently in the hand-wringing over proposals to do away with private coverage advocated by some of the candidates for the […]

How slick consulting firms get us on drugs

By Martha Rosenberg for Intrepid Report Ninety-one people a day die from opioids and 1,000 visit ERs in the US, according to the CDC. How did opioid makers get such a deathly grip on the US population? Recently, the New York Times reported that the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company had a big hand […]