Protecting Americans from surprise medical costs

Protecting Americans from surprise medical costs
By Ed Weisbart for St. Louis Post-Dispatch Breaking news: At the end of 2019, Congress failed to fix a major problem with American health insurance. This would be comically boring if so many lives and so much money were not at stake. Chances are that you are among the majority of Americans who have received ...

A Better Health Care Debate Is Possible

A Better Health Care Debate Is Possible
For all the time spent inciting spats among Democrats, moderators have barely scratched the surface of a vital policy dispute. By Libby Watson for The New Republic Presidential debates are not held for the purpose of informing the public about the candidates running for president and their views. They are television shows, designed to do ...

What Medicare for All Really Looks Like

What Medicare for All Really Looks Like
The Canadian system, also called Medicare, guarantees coverage to every resident north of the U.S. border. By Caitlin Kelly for The American Prospect He spends long days navigating Toronto’s miserable traffic, finding whatever’s needed for his work as a freelance production designer for film and commercials. It’s demanding physical labor, with injury a daily possibility. ...

Economists ‘Surprised Americans Aren’t Revolting’ Over $8,000 Tax They Pay Each Year Due to For-Profit Healthcare System

Economists 'Surprised Americans Aren't Revolting' Over $8,000 Tax They Pay Each Year Due to For-Profit Healthcare System
The payments made to the U.S. healthcare system are “like a tribute to a foreign power, but we’re doing it to ourselves.” By Julia Conley for Common Dreams Highlighting the thousands of dollars American households are forced to pay in healthcare costs that people in other wealthy countries save thanks to universal healthcare plans, two ...

How can U.S. healthcare save more than $600B? Switch to a single-payer system, study suggests

How can U.S. healthcare save more than $600B? Switch to a single-payer system, study suggests
U.S. healthcare could save more than $600 billion in administrative costs by adopting a single-payer system like neighboring Canada, a new study suggests. The U.S.’s current multi-payer system cost the country $812 billion in administrative costs in 2017—four times more than Canada, which has a single-payer system—mostly due to the increasing overhead of private insurers, ...

Man who robbed a pharmacy gave clerk a note that said, ‘I’m sorry, I have a sick child,’ cops say

Man who robbed a pharmacy gave clerk a note that said, 'I'm sorry, I have a sick child,' cops say
By Scottie Andrew for CNN A man who allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Philadelphia flashed a demand note that said he needed the money for his sick child, police said.In video released by Philadelphia police, the suspect, wearing a grey hoodie and dark gloves, entered a Rite Aid store January 3 and took an item ...

Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans

Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans
By Jamila Taylor for The Century Foundation The American health care system in beset with inequalities that have a disproportionate impact on people of color and other marginalized groups. These inequalities contribute to gaps in health insurance coverage, uneven access to services, and poorer health outcomes among certain populations. African Americans bear the brunt of ...

‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Chance To Live’

‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Chance To Live’
By Popular Resistance HOPE NOTE: Millions of people in the US are going without healthcare because they are uninsured or denied coverage or can’t afford the out of pocket costs. This one is personal for us. We have known and worked with Phil since he joined the campaign to stop the TransPacific Partnership in 2012. ...

Nashville emergency room sues 700 patients over unpaid bills

Nashville emergency room sues 700 patients over unpaid bills
By Blake Farmer for The Associated Press Nashville General is the city-funded, safety-net hospital. For a patient without insurance, this is supposed to be the best place to go. But its emergency room has been taking more patients to court for unpaid medical bills than any other hospital or practice in town. A WPLN investigation ...

Michael Moore: Americans pay more for healthcare than others, but “we don’t call it a tax”

Michael Moore: Americans pay more for healthcare than others, but “we don’t call it a tax”
We don’t call — what they get for their taxes, we don’t call it a tax here. We call it tuition. We call it copayment. We call it, I mean, daycare, daycare fees. By Democracy Now Democracy Now’s interview with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore about election 2020 and some of the major issues for ...