More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy
HOPE NOTE: We have similar information in our Tools for Education section. Check it out and spread the word among friends, family and community! By Linda Carroll for Reuters (Reuters Health) – U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person – more than four times ...

Looming Coronavirus Threat in US Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave

Looming Coronavirus Threat in US Bolsters Case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave
“Doubters may claim that our nation can’t afford Medicare for All, but it’s increasingly likely that we are about to discover just how costly our current system really is.” By Julia Conley for Common Dreams The global coronavirus outbreak which also threatens the United States—and the widely criticized effort by the Trump administration to address ...

Insurance Lobby Talking Points Don’t Come With Warning Labels

Insurance Lobby Talking Points Don’t Come With Warning Labels
By Joshua Cho for Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting Ever since The Intercept (11/20/18) found several planning documents by the Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future (PAHCF), a benign-sounding corporate alliance formed to prevent any kind of reform and prop up the dysfunctional US healthcare system’s profits, corporate media have been reporting on the PAHCF’s efforts ...

What Medicare for All Really Looks Like

What Medicare for All Really Looks Like
The Canadian system, also called Medicare, guarantees coverage to every resident north of the U.S. border. By Caitlin Kelly for The American Prospect He spends long days navigating Toronto’s miserable traffic, finding whatever’s needed for his work as a freelance production designer for film and commercials. It’s demanding physical labor, with injury a daily possibility. ...

Dying Too Young

Dying Too Young
By David F. Ruccio for Anticap If there ever was an argument in support of Medicare for All it’s this: despite spending more on health care than any other country, the United States has seen increasing mortality and falling life expectancy for people ages 25 to 64, who should be in the prime of their ...

Under Medicare for All, You Will Never Lose Your Health Insurance Ever Again

Under Medicare for All, You Will Never Lose Your Health Insurance Ever Again
Seventy percent of Americans oppose bosses being allowed to change or eliminate an employee’s health insurance. That’s our strongest case for Medicare for All — you’ll never lose your health insurance again. By Matt Bruenig for Jacobin Many centrist pundits have convinced themselves that Medicare for All (M4A) is unpopular because, when you include certain ...

What Medicare For All Would Cost Women & LGBTQ People, According To Experts

What Medicare For All Would Cost Women & LGBTQ People, According To Experts
By Jo Yurcaba for Bustle The United States, despite paying the most for health care worldwide, still had 28 million people uninsured in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Even more are underinsured, and don’t have the savings required to deal with a medical emergency, as evidenced by the number of crowdfunding campaigns that regularly ...

“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 ...