The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage
By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Lauren Weber for Kaiser Health News SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners. ...

UVA Suspends Medical Lawsuits In Wake Of KHN Investigation

UVA Suspends Medical Lawsuits In Wake Of KHN Investigation
By Jay Hancock and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez for Kaiser Health News CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Under pressure after Kaiser Health News reported Monday that it sues thousands of patients a year and sends many into bankruptcy, University of Virginia Health System suspended about a dozen patient lawsuits Thursday and said it will announce changes to its ...

Medicare for All might raise taxes but still save individuals money

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 ...

Healthcare ad spending exceeds $65 million in 2019 as insurance industry ramps up effort to kill medicare for all

Healthcare ad spending exceeds $65 million in 2019 as insurance industry ramps up effort to kill medicare for all
“The insurance companies are working hard to shift the blame and stop the movement for Medicare for All.” By Jake Johnson for Common Dreams An Axios analysis released Wednesday found that spending on healthcare advertisements has exceeded $65 million in 2019 as dark money organizations, the insurance industry, and Big Pharma ramp up their campaigns against Medicare for ...

Leo Gerard, Single Payer, Highmark and the Corporatist Labor Movement

Leo Gerard, Single Payer, Highmark and the Corporatist Labor Movement
By Staff Writer for Corporate Crime Reporter If you want to know why the single payer movement is having trouble breaking through in the United States, look no further than Leo Gerard. From 2001 to earlier this year, Gerard was the president of the United Steelworkers of America. Then earlier this month, just a few ...

Critics Denounce Biden’s Use of Tragic Family Story to Attack Medicare for All as Both ‘Manipulative’ and ‘Cynical’

Critics Denounce Biden's Use of Tragic Family Story to Attack Medicare for All as Both 'Manipulative' and 'Cynical'
“This is easily the cruelest, dirtiest, and most manipulative thing Joe Biden has done so far.” By Eoin Higgins for Common Dreams A new ad by former Vice President Joe Biden released Tuesday that uses his personal story of familial loss as an attack line against Medicare for All is being panned by critics as ...

Assuring continuing access to health care in rural America

Assuring continuing access to health care in rural America
By Paul Morton Ganeles for Arizona Daily Star In his Aug. 22 op-ed, Dr. TK Kelly, an emergency medical MD, appropriately stressed the problems rural residents encounter when requiring emergency medical services. During my career, I served for some 28 years as a CFO in three major metropolitan teaching hospitals; a Medicare provider appeals judge ...

Public option plans won’t fix American healthcare system

Public option plans won’t fix American healthcare system
By Daniel Bryant for Bangor Daily News Public option health plans have been much in the news of late. Defined as health care coverage plans offered to individuals by the government and paid for by premiums and tax-funded government subsidies and credits, they are designed as alternatives to single-payer plans, which would replace our present ...

The Dialysis Duopoly Spends Big to Protect Profits in California

The Dialysis Duopoly Spends Big to Protect Profits in California
A scam to get patients to switch from Medicare to private insurance for dialysis care is being threatened by a bill in the Golden State. DaVita and Fresenius, the dialysis giants, have placed enormous funds into opposing it. By Alexander Sammon for The American Prospect Two companies dominate the American outpatient kidney dialysis market: Denver-based ...

Asheville mayor set to back ‘Medicare for All Act’ proclamation

Asheville mayor set to back 'Medicare for All Act' proclamation
By Joel Burgess for Citizen Times At the request of a City Council member, Mayor Esther Manheimer is set to sign a “Medicare for All” proclamation supporting a national health insurance system. The proclamation planned for an Aug. 27 council meeting highlights the proposal championed by senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to establish a government-run insurance system ...