Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’

Soaring Insurance Deductibles and High Drug Prices Hit Sick Americans with a ‘Double Whammy’
By Noam N. Levey for Los Angeles Times Wendy Matney hesitated to tell her family not to call 911. “It seemed almost selfish to say, ‘Please don’t call because we can’t afford this,’” said the 39-year-old home health aide, who has a form of epilepsy that causes frequent, sometimes violent, seizures. Matney has been to ...

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare

I’m an NHS nurse. This is how I’m convincing Americans to fight for free healthcare
The horror stories of I heard during my conversations were shocking. Universal healthcare is a human right – and thankfully millions of US citizens are waking up to the fact By Danielle Tiplady for The Independent As a British nurse, over the last year I have built links with American nurses who are leading the fight to ...

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.
The emergency room bill I can’t stop thinking about. By Sarah Kliff for Vox Two years ago, 36-year-old Lindsay Clark was facing a terrible decision. Her 2-year-old daughter Lily had gotten into a small bottle of the anti-nausea drug Dramamine. “It had a child lock on it, but I caught her sitting there with a ...

WaPo Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Medicare for All Will Cut Their Health Costs

WaPo Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Medicare for All Will Cut Their Health Costs
By Julie Hollar for FAIR Healthcare consistently ranks as one of the top issues for Democratic voters, so helping those voters understand Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on healthcare ought to be a key job for journalists. Right? A recent survey of those voters shows that they are woefully confused and misinformed, and a recent Washington ...

New Report: How Media and Polling Company Adoption of Insurance Industry Spin Warps Democracy

New Report: How Media and Polling Company Adoption of Insurance Industry Spin Warps Democracy
H.O.P.E. Note: This post includes excerpts from the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) report. Find the full report here. Mainstream media and public-opinion polls commonly state that the country has a choice between government and private insurance. This portrayal is inherently biased because it invokes government control while rendering insurance companies invisible, warping ...

Women approaching retirement face financial insecurity over healthcare and drug costs

Women approaching retirement face financial insecurity over healthcare and drug costs
“Those results underscore the reality of an uneven playing field for women in the American economy and the economic opportunity cost after years as mothers and caregivers and not wage-earners.” By Ruth Milka for Nation of Change More than half of Americans over the age of 60 are concerned about health care costs and prescription ...

Medicare for all would save money — and lives

Medicare for all would save money — and lives
The last thing on your mind during a ride to the ER should be: Is this going to bankrupt me? By Negin Owliaei for Nation of Change One night a few years ago, my partner woke up delirious with fever, a bright rash, and joint pain so bad he couldn’t get out of bed without ...

Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability

Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability
By Selena Simmons-Duffin for NPR Carol Burgos is worried her neighbors think she is bringing the neighborhood down. She lives in a mobile home park in a woodsy part of Columbia County, N.Y, just off a two-lane highway. The homes have neat yards and American flags. On a spring Saturday, some neighbors are out holding ...

Letters: AMA’s opposition to single-payer healthcare is uninformed

Letters: AMA’s opposition to single-payer healthcare is uninformed
By Various for Modern Healthcare I’m an American Medical Association member. My leadership’s opposition to single-payer healthcare is uninformed and possibly deceptive. At last week’s meeting, Dr. Daniel Johnson, former AMA president, asked “What is best for patients?” The AMA should not confuse this question with “What is best for physicians?” The questions differ. The ...

Progressive activists call on Pallone to support Medicare for All Act

Progressive activists call on Pallone to support Medicare for All Act
By Brenda Flanagan for NJTV News Junior Romero joined a handful of dedicated souls supporting Medicare for All at a rally in New Brunswick. It was a minuscule showing, compared to Thursday’s millionaire’s tax blowout in Trenton, but what they lacked in numbers, the coalition of progressives more than made up for in passion. They ...