Two med students make case for single-payer health care

Two med students make case for single-payer health care
By Scott Swartz and Bradley Heinz for San Francisco Chronicle The most difficult part of our first year of medical school wasn’t memorizing anatomy or mastering the patient interview, but seeing firsthand how broken our current health care system is. We pay twice as much as other wealthy nations for health care, but receive some ...

Medicare for all: fears and facts

Medicare for all: fears and facts
By Drs. James G. Kahn and Elliot Marseille for The Hill Each candidate has their own way to fix what ails health insurance. Everyone claimed “Medicare” at the heart of their strategy. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged sweeping reform, while former Vice President Joe Biden and others advocated tinkering at ...

Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them

Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them
By Michael Hiltzik for Los Angeles Times The most perplexing aspect of our current debate over healthcare and health coverage is the notion that Americans love their health insurance companies. This bizarre idea surfaced most recently in the hand-wringing over proposals to do away with private coverage advocated by some of the candidates for the ...

‘Our System Kills People’: 27-Year-Old Diabetic Man Latest to Die in US Amid Skyrocketing Cost of Insulin

'Our System Kills People': 27-Year-Old Diabetic Man Latest to Die in US Amid Skyrocketing Cost of Insulin
“This is policy murder: Josh Wilkerson is dead because pharmaceutical companies sought to profit from his illness and federal regulators did nothing.” By Julia Conley for Common Dreams The latest reports of a young diabetic American’s death due to a lack of affordable insulin were met with outrage on Wednesday from Medicare for All advocates, ...

Support for Medicare for All Jumps When Right-Wing Talking Points Are Countered With Strong Progressive Response: Poll

Support for Medicare for All Jumps When Right-Wing Talking Points Are Countered With Strong Progressive Response: Poll
“We can win this battle and guarantee health care as a human right, but we need a nominee who is going to fight hard for Medicare for All.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams A survey released Wednesday found that right-wing talking points against Medicare for All lose their effectiveness when met with a clear ...

The transformative potential of single-payer

The transformative potential of single-payer
An excerpt from Timothy Faust’s ‘Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next.’ By Timothy Faust for The Outline Our highways are crumbling. Our trains, where they exist, are failing. Our sewer systems are disintegrating. So, too, is the health infrastructure of America. Under decades of for-profit domination, it has healed only some of ...

‘Bad policy and bad politics’: Kamala Harris accused of hijacking Medicare for All label to push more industry-friendly plan

‘Bad policy and bad politics’: Kamala Harris accused of hijacking Medicare for All label to push more industry-friendly plan
“Harris calls her plan ‘Medicare for All,’ but it’s not even close.” By Jake Johnson for Nation of Change Single-payer advocates on Monday accused Sen. Kamala Harris of hijacking the Medicare for All label to push an alternative that would fail to fundamentally overhaul America’s for-profit healthcare system. Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, outlined what she ...

We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It.

We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It.
Guaranteed dental coverage would finally put an end to the deep inequities in U.S. oral health. By Natalie Shure for In These Times Over an early September weekend in 2017, some 850 visitors showed up to the University of Maryland (UMD) basketball arena in College Park. But the attendees weren’t there to watch a game, ...

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 ...