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Can Overuse of Health Care Be Managed By Giving Consumers More Choice And Responsibility?

John Geyman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

This has been the mantra of market advocates for many years under the theory of consumer-directed health care (CDHC), which posits that patients will ...

The Weak And Defeatist Democratic Platform On Health Care

John Geyman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

At its Orlando, Florida meeting two days ago, the DNC platform committee voted down a proposed amendment to include single-payer health care in the Party Platform by a vote of 92 to 62, even though public support for single-payer includes 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of U.S. residents.

Does The Private Health Care Marketplace Provide Efficiency And Value?

John Geyman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Conservatives have long held that U. S. health care should be based on the "free market," that the role of government should be minimal, and that a deregulated marketplace can resolve issues of access, costs, affordability and quality of care.

Growing Support for a National Health Program and Health Care as a Human Right

John Geyman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

We can thank Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign for putting single-payer national health insurance (NHI) on the front burner of today's  national political discussion. This is long overdue and especially timely as the two parties debate alternatives for future U. S. health care.

The Affordable Care Act: What to Expect in 2013

John Geyman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
John Geyman

Despite what we are being told by politicians on both sides of the aisle, our deregulated health care marketplace is not sustainable, and there is no real fix short of single-payer financing reform coupled with a more accountable private delivery system.

Election Day Blues

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
W. Hunter Roberts

Election Day 2010. I think of a piece of graffiti from the 1970's encapsulates it: "America is like the biggest department store in the world, but th...

A Death Every 12 Minutes: The Price of Not Having Medicare for All

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In 2002, that more than 18,000 Americans between the ages of 19 and 64 were dying each year as a result of being uninsured. The new number is two and a half times that figure.

Republicans Defending Medicare: Duplicity Beyond Belief

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: V - Organized Medicine

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Organized medicine has become so fragmented that no one group speaks for the profession. In fact, some groups have endorsed major health care reform.

Giving Single-Payer a Second Look

Rep. Anthony Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Anthony Weiner

The truth is that the United States already uses single-payer systems to cover over 47% of all medical bills. And these can in turn help us visualize what an actual public plan would look like.

The Corporate "Alliance" For Health Care Reform: III. The Hospital Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.

The Corporate "Alliance" for Health Care Reform: Pledges, Agendas, Tactics and Likely Rewards the Insurance Industry

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

The drug industry's agenda is crystal-clear: expand its markets through wider insurance coverage, avoid price controls, and gain maximal patent protection.

To Boldly Go Where No Plan Has Gone Before

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

Bones: Spock! Do a mind meld with Jim. If anyone can get him out from under the influence of the insurance companies, it's you. You're almost as logical as New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Fiscal Conservatism and Health Care Reform: a Bipartisan No-Brainer?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Why this incredible disconnect among our elected representatives shaping the future of one-sixth of our economy and future health care of all 310 million of us?

Health Care "Reform" 2009: The Fallacy of Affordability and Cost Containment

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Despite some useful provisions, it is wishful thinking to believe that health care "reform", as projected by current proposals being considered in Congress, can actually make health insurance more affordable and make a real difference to people already burdened by their spiraling costs.

Exchanges, Co-Ops and Cop-Outs on Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

If enacted, exchanges and co-ops offering a small public option will only raise hopes for reform that will never come, and are therefore a cop-out for those shaping this year's reform attempt.

"Facts" About American Health Care Revisited

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

A recent post at the National Center for Policy Analysis expounded on 10 "surprising facts" about our health care system. The piece cherry picks literature to make a political point.

Subsidizing Our Way To Affordable Health Insurance: A Futile And Unaffordable Quest

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

What is likely to emerge from Congress on health care reform this year, if anything, will not be real reform and will only add to our problems.

Sam Stein

13 Republicans Voted To Allow Single-Payer Systems In States

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a largely unnoticed vote late last week, 13 small government-conservatives backed legislation that could facilitate the emergence of major governme...

The Public Option: Dead By Pen Strokes In Congressional Committees

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The initial idea of a public option was premised on the thought that a public plan could bring needed competition into the financing of health care. Forget that dream.

Individual Mandates: Expensive Policy Failure And Bonanza For Insurers And Market Stakeholders

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

Mandates have not resulted in universal coverage in any state. They are complex, very expensive, not sustainable, and have unforeseen unintended consequences.

Health Care Reform 2009: A Train Wreck In Slow Motion

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The debate over health care reform is entering a late stage with increasingly bitter partisan differences over very divisive issues.

Corpocracy vs. Democracy in Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Since corporate dollars trump individual votes, we have a corpocracy, not a democracy.

Societal Blind Spots As Barriers To Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Our market-based system breeds costs, not restraint. And none of the various multi-payer proposals being considered in Congress have effective methods to contain health care costs.

Tell Media: Include Single-Payer in Healthcare Debate

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Isabel Macdonald

The insurance lobbies and many politicians may not want to talk about single-payer. But that makes it all the more important that the media do.