Happy Birthday, Medicare

By F. Douglas Stephenson, PNHP.org. -

2021 is also a very special year in the history of single-payer health insurance and public health in the U.S. because Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced the [...]

New York City: Closed Door Negotiations Could Privatize Workers’ Medicare

By Paul Becker, Portside. -

A hush-hush operation between New York City and the Municipal Labor Council (MLC) to essentially privatize the health care coverage for thousands of retirees has exploded into public view in the [...]

New Report: Private Health Insurers Overpay Hospitals

By the Rand Corporation. -

Prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states, according to a new RAND [...]

Trump’s Executive Orders Are Public Relations Stunts

By Jack Rasmus, Predicting the Global Economic Crisis. -

Trump, Meadows, Mnuchin and McConnell cleverly set up and sucked in Pelosi and Shumer into negotiations last week, never planning to conclude a deal by Friday, in the process getting them to [...]

On Medicare And Medicaid’s 55th Birthday, Let’s Expand Benefits

By Nancy J. Altman, Economy for All. -

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. This crowning achievement was both the culmination of a decades-long effort to attain guaranteed universal [...]

Guess Who’s Rallying For Medicare For All? Senior Citizens

By Taylor Moore, Inthesetimes.com -

Because seniors already have Medicare and may be retired, changing the healthcare system is not typically considered a key issue for their voting demographic. The problem? “No one’s asked us." [...]

20 Top Economists Endorse Medicare For All As Best Plan To Cut Costs, Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Each Year

By Jake Johnson, Commondreams.org -

Rejecting "loose talk" from corporate Democrats, the media, and insurance industry that a single-payer system would be unaffordable, twenty leading U.S. economists on Tuesday released an open [...]

Twenty Top Economists Conclude Medicare For All Saves Money And Lives

By Staff, Hopbrook-institute.org -

We are economists interested in public policy and healthcare. Some of us have worked to estimate the cost of alternative healthcare programs. Others have reviewed such estimates. We believe the [...]

Employment-Based Health Care Is An Anchor Around The Neck Of The U.S. Working Class

By Mark Dudzic, Labornotes.org -

Last June at the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas lamented, “That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It’s gone. Banned [...]

Medicare For All Would Save More Than 68,000 Lives And $450 Billion Every Year, According To New Study

By Katy Pallister, Iflscience.com -

Epidemiologists from the Yale School of Public Health, University of Florida, and University of Maryland School of Medicine, have calculated that a single-payer universal health-care system in [...]

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group In US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

By Jon Queally, Commondreams.org -

"Major changes are needed," declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, "to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little." The fight for Medicare [...]

Over 10 Percent Of People In US Know Someone Who Died Due To Lack Of Healthcare

By Dan Witters, News.gallup.com -

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than 13% of American adults -- or about 34 million people -- report knowing of at least one friend or family member in the past five years who died after not receiving [...]

Union Opponents Of Medicare For All Don’t Speak For Labor’s Most Vulnerable Members

By Alexandra Early, Beyondchron.org -

As popular support grows for replacing private insurance plans with Medicare for All, critics of the single-payer approach have been playing up the fact that some top union officials, and their [...]

How To Approach Medicare For All Financing

By Matt Bruenig, Peoplespolicyproject.org -

One of the big impediments to putting out a plan for financing Medicare for All is not so much that it is very difficult to come up with one, but rather that there are so many ways to do it that [...]

Excluding Civic Community Warps Discussion Of Improved Medicare For All

By Ralph Nader, Nader.org -

The lawmakers are doing it. The candidates are doing it. The mass media are doing it. All are excluding from their arenas the leading citizen groups as never before, since the early nineteen [...]