Maine Voices: Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system

Maine Voices: Single-payer would give U.S. patients, caregivers more control over health care system
Weaker campaign finance laws have enabled insurers and Big Pharma to create a system that benefits only them. By Joshua Gear for The Press Herald YORK — As a medical student, I remember HMOs being touted as the answer to the spiraling costs of health care and the high number of uninsured Americans. That was ...

Insurance Industry Is Clearly ‘Terrified,’ Says Sanders, As Lawmakers Admit Lobbyists Helped Them Write Attacks on Medicare for All

Insurance Industry Is Clearly 'Terrified,' Says Sanders, As Lawmakers Admit Lobbyists Helped Them Write Attacks on Medicare for All
“We are taking on the big-money interests who have an army of lobbyists trying to defeat Medicare for All.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams Documents obtained by the Washington Post Monday showed that lobbyists helped three state lawmakers draft op-eds this year attacking Medicare for All, a revelation Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted as further ...

Why Are Drug Prices Rising So Much? Pharma Exec Admits ‘No Other Rationale’ But Profit-Making

Why Are Drug Prices Rising So Much? Pharma Exec Admits 'No Other Rationale' But Profit-Making
“The industry executive said the quiet part out loud,” said one outside expert in response. “Price-gouging is central to the industry business model.” By Andrea Germanos for Common Censored Corporations’ quest for profits is what “is driving up drug prices and nothing more.” That’s according to Dennis Bourdette, M.D., chair of neurology in the Oregon ...

$44,000 for an Ambulance, Hour-Long Drives to an ER: The Impossible Cost of Healthcare in Appalachia

$44,000 for an Ambulance, Hour-Long Drives to an ER: The Impossible Cost of Healthcare in Appalachia
Rural hospitals are closing or downgrading at an alarming rate. That could be fatal. By Mason Adams for In These Times When Heather Edwards’ contractions began three months early, in March, she worried about the long drive to the hospital from her home nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in Jonesville, Va., a town of fewer ...

Southern Workers Unite Around Medicare for All: “A Tremendous Liberation From Your Boss”

Southern Workers Unite Around Medicare for All: “A Tremendous Liberation From Your Boss”
Workers from across the South converged in Charlotte, N.C., on September 21 to kick off a Medicare for All campaign. By Jonathan Michels for In These Times CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A line of cars rolls up to the government center of the largest city in a state tied with neighbor South Carolina for least unionized in the ...

Beware of the Medicare “Disadvantage” Corporate Trap – Wake Up AARP

Beware of the Medicare “Disadvantage” Corporate Trap – Wake Up AARP
By Ralph Nader for Nader.org While the Democratic presidential candidates are debating full Medicare for All, giant insurance companies like UnitedHealthcare are advertising to the elderly in an attempt to lure them from Traditional Medicare (TM) to the so-called Medicare Advantage (MA) – a corporate plan that UnitedHealthcare promotes to turn a profit at the ...

Medicare for All bill passed in Bethlehem with unanimous vote

Medicare for All bill passed in Bethlehem with unanimous vote
By Maddie Hayes for The Brown and White Anthony Downing, a working class union staff member, found himself in debt after he needed two invasive surgeries in the past six months for genetic spine issues. He said he supports Medicare for All, as a Bethlehem community member who has suffered as a result of the ...

The Killing Fields of American Health Care

The Killing Fields of American Health Care
By David Penner for Dissident Voice American health care is being crushed under the iron heel of a cabal of ruthless and merciless robber barons. Indeed, this primitive and backward system continues to be a source of horrendous suffering, as the health insurance companies, hospital executives, and pharmaceutical companies repeatedly place their insatiable lust for ...

A biased algorithm is delaying healthcare for black people in the US

A biased algorithm is delaying healthcare for black people in the US
By Jessica Hamzelou for New Scientist Black people in the US may be missing out on healthcare because a widely used algorithm is racially biased. The proportion of black people referred for extra care would more than double if the bias were removed, according to new research. Algorithms are fast becoming a key part of ...

3 ways ‘Medicare for All’ could benefit CV research

3 ways ‘Medicare for All’ could benefit CV research
By Anicka Slachta for Cardiovascular Business The notion of a single-payer health system has been central to the 2020 presidential election, dominating much of the news cycle in recent months. According to an editorial published Nov. 4, that could be a good thing for physicians.  Clinicians, administrators, payors and patients all know the U.S. is ...