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 […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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 […]