The Urban Institute’s Single Payer Cost Estimate: False Assumptions False Conclusions

By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. for PNHP The Urban Institute’s (UI) new analyses of the costs of a single-payer reform, along with other reform options, posits impossibly large increases in the utilization of medical care (ignoring real world experience with coverage expansions in the U.S.), and discounts the vast administrative […]

Medicare for All might raise taxes but still save individuals money

By Tami Luhby for CNN The cost of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” national health insurance plan prompted a heated argument between the senator and former Vice President Joe Biden, who supports building on the Affordable Care Act, at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. Biden hammered Sanders, saying America can’t afford the roughly $30 trillion […]

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 […]