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 ...

Medicare for All would improve outcomes, reduce costs

Medicare for All would improve outcomes, reduce costs
By Andrew Huston for Herald Tribune It is time that we transition to a health-care system that assures coverage of every man, woman and child in this nation while controlling costs. The central goals of Medicare for All are to significantly improve health outcomes for U.S. residents while also forming effective cost controls. An economic ...

We’re doctors, and we’re debunking myths about Medicare for All

We're doctors, and we're debunking myths about Medicare for All
By Eve Shapiro and Paul Gordon Special to the Arizona Daily Star As physicians who have been working on improving our health care system by implementing an improved “Medicare for All,” we are dismayed by the current debate on health care reform, both on the part of the journalists and politicians. We hope to clear ...

Medicare-for-all would help pay for long-term care. Why don’t more people know that?

Medicare-for-all would help pay for long-term care. Why don't more people know that?
By Helaine Olen for Winston Salem Journal When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke about Medicare-for-all at the July 30 Democratic presidential debate, he talked about how it would improve coverage for people currently receiving it. “For senior citizens, it will finally include dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses,” he said. But Sanders forgot to mention ...

American Medical Association leaves coalition fighting ‘Medicare for All’

American Medical Association leaves coalition fighting 'Medicare for All'
By Peter Sullivan for The Hill The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s main group for doctors, announced Thursday that it is leaving a coalition fighting “Medicare for All,” a blow to the industry’s efforts to push back on the progressive proposal.  The AMA said it is leaving the industry group called the Partnership for ...

Not Every Union Is Buying Into the Lies about Medicare for All

Not Every Union Is Buying Into the Lies about Medicare for All
By Caitlin Cruz for Splinter News Several presidential candidates have cast Medicare for All as a blow to the labor movement because it would shift workers away from hard-won employer healthcare and into a government-run system. But not all unions are going along with the idea. This year, the Association of Flight Attendants was instrumental ...

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 ...

What Medicare For All Would Have Meant A Decade Ago

What Medicare For All Would Have Meant A Decade Ago
Imagine if a new generation could experience guaranteed care, with quality not determined by wealth or income, but instead delivered as the human right it should be. By Jarod Facundo for Inequality.org For years my aunt Sylvia knew something was wrong. She told doctors she was experiencing pain, but they shrugged it off as age-related. ...