SFV high school juniors rally for healthcare at Congressman Tony Cardenas’ office

SFV high school juniors rally for healthcare at Congressman Tony Cardenas' office
By Gabriela Milian for ABC 7 PANORAMA CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Elvia Mendez, a high school junior at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in San Fernando, set up a protest with other students outside of Congressman Tony Cardenas’ office to rally for healthcare. “At my school we have a lot of people who are ...

How Medicare for All could impact employers

How Medicare for All could impact employers
By Caitlin Owens for Axios Medicare for All could end up costing employers less than the current employer-sponsored health insurance system does, depending on how it’s structured. Yes, but: That certainly doesn’t mean employers are on board, partially because other concerns — like access to health care and the competitive advantage that generous benefits can create ...

US Workers Are Paying High Taxes. But Without Any of the Benefits.

US Workers Are Paying High Taxes. But Without Any of the Benefits.
The United States is commonly thought of as a low-tax country. But workers effectively pay some of the highest taxes in the developed world — without getting a decent welfare state in return. By Matt Bruenig for Jacobin Magazine Comparing labor tax rates across countries is a tricky endeavor. Some countries rely mostly on income ...

A Public Option Isn’t Good Enough

A Public Option Isn’t Good Enough
By Libby Watson for Splinter News There is one thing we can be thankful for: Medicare for All is now a mainstream position in the Democratic Party, to the point where most of the leading Democratic candidates for president say they support it. The question remains how real their commitment to that goal is, and ...

How the Private Health-Care Industry Is Working to Kill Medicare for All

How the Private Health-Care Industry Is Working to Kill Medicare for All
Americans across the political spectrum are longing for change in health care but are worried about what changes might mean. Industry lobbyists see that as their opening. By David M. Perry for Pacific Standard Here’s the good news when it comes to access to health care: Americans are ready for change. Every serious Democratic candidate ...

Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants

Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Richard Lardner for Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung network ...

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won’t Benefit Young People

6 Reasons Why a Medicare Buy-In Won't Benefit Young People
By Brittany Shannahan for Healthcare is a Human Right Maryland What is the buy-in? The Medicare buy-in is one of many “moderate” alternatives to Medicare for All proposed by centrist House Democrats that offer no solutions for millennials. Led by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), the legislation would allow people between the ages of 50 and ...

Should Institutional Providers Be Incentivized by Profit under Medicare for All?

Should Institutional Providers Be Incentivized by Profit under Medicare for All?
By Lambert Strether for Naked Capitalism I’ve avoided writing about hospitals and other institutions, because my focus has always been on the patient, and whether they get, or don’t get, health care under our horrid mixed system of Medicaid, private insurance, and Medicare (subject to a neoliberal infestation though it may be). However, as Medicare ...

Single Payer Not Single Payer

Single Payer Not Single Payer
Posted on Single Payer Action The people want single payer. The corporate class answers — not single payer. The people say — single payer — get rid of all the other payers. Get rid of the insurance companies. And while you’re at it, get rid of the health maintenance organizations and accountable care organizations and ...

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills
I spent a year writing about ER bills. Zuckerberg San Francisco General has the most surprising billing practices I’ve seen. By Sarah Kliff for Vox On April 3, Nina Dang, 24, found herself in a position like so many San Francisco bike riders — on the pavement with a broken arm. A bystander saw her ...