“It’s Very Unethical”: Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates

“It’s Very Unethical”: Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates
By Caroline Chen for Pro Publica On a Thursday morning this past April, 61-year-old Darryl Young was lying unconscious in the eighth-floor intensive care unit of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. After suffering from congestive heart failure for years, Young, a Navy veteran and former truck driver with three children, had received a heart transplant ...

How Employees & Employers Get Bled by Health Insurance

How Employees & Employers Get Bled by Health Insurance
Something is seriously wrong with this system. By Wolf Richter for Wolf Street The annual cost of the average health insurance family plan through employers — employer and employee contributions combined – rose another 4.9% in 2019, to $20,576. This is up 255% from 20 years ago, having soared five times faster than the Consumer ...

Another reason to support Medicare for all

Another reason to support Medicare for all
By David Greenberg for Greenfield Recorder Patients get ‘surprise’ bills when their health insurance company refuses to pay for out-of-network treatments. This often happens when patients have little choice over where they receive care, such as an emergency room visit. Watching the national debate over surprise medical billing makes it abundantly clear how committed health ...

Negin Owliaei: No one should have to bargain for health care

Negin Owliaei: No one should have to bargain for health care
By Negin Owliaei for Lenconnect.com Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers began striking earlier this month, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. The first response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during ...

Medicare for All Would Cut Poverty by Over 20 Percent

Medicare for All Would Cut Poverty by Over 20 Percent
By Matt Bruenig for People’s Policy Project The Census released its annual income, poverty, and health insurance statistics earlier this week. The summary report shows that 8 million of the nation’s 42.5 million poor people would not be poor if they did not have to pay medical out-of-pocket (MOOP) expenses like deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and ...

Almost 2 Million More Americans Uninsured in 2018, U.S. Says

Almost 2 Million More Americans Uninsured in 2018, U.S. Says
By John Tozzi for Bloomberg The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million people in 2018, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday. The increase in the rate of uninsured, from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% last year, is particularly remarkable given the falling unemployment rate during ...

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage
By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Lauren Weber for Kaiser Health News SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners. ...

Medicare for All might raise taxes but still save individuals money

Medicare for All might raise taxes but still save individuals money
By Tami Luhby for CNN The cost of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” national health insurance plan prompted a heated argument between the senator and former Vice President Joe Biden, who supports building on the Affordable Care Act, at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. Biden hammered Sanders, saying America can’t afford the roughly $30 trillion ...

Healthcare ad spending exceeds $65 million in 2019 as insurance industry ramps up effort to kill medicare for all

Healthcare ad spending exceeds $65 million in 2019 as insurance industry ramps up effort to kill medicare for all
“The insurance companies are working hard to shift the blame and stop the movement for Medicare for All.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams An Axios analysis released Wednesday found that spending on healthcare advertisements has exceeded $65 million in 2019 as dark money organizations, the insurance industry, and Big Pharma ramp up their campaigns against Medicare for ...

Leo Gerard, Single Payer, Highmark and the Corporatist Labor Movement

Leo Gerard, Single Payer, Highmark and the Corporatist Labor Movement
By Staff Writer for Corporate Crime Reporter If you want to know why the single payer movement is having trouble breaking through in the United States, look no further than Leo Gerard. From 2001 to earlier this year, Gerard was the president of the United Steelworkers of America. Then earlier this month, just a few ...