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Future Physicians' Demands For National Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Medical students are becoming strong advocates all over the country for expanded and improved Medicare for All. Spurred on by their increasing awarene...

A Big Ballot

Joel Judd | Posted 10.18.2016 | Denver
Joel Judd

Every two years I'm asked my thoughts on the ballot issues. This year we have more proposals than usual, but my insight has not expanded accordingly. So I'm starting with those I most care about, and will get as far as I get. I expect you'll do the same.

Is The American Public Ready For Single-Payer National Health Insurance?

John Geyman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Instead of a left-right issue, health care reform has become a top-down issue--corporate profits and oligarchy vs. democracy and the public interest.

Would Single-Payer National Health Insurance Break The Bank?

John Geyman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

A common myth among opponents of single-payer national health insurance (NHI) is that it would cost too much and break the bank. This belief is based ...

TPP and the Dire Threat to Affordable Drug Prices

John Geyman | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Drug prices in the U. S. are already approaching a crisis point for many patients unable to afford their prices, often despite being insured. These examples indicate how serious this problem has become.

The Last Letter from Melbourne

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The Letter began simply as a way to let my American friends know how my year in Oz was going. But after the third letter (Halloween and Gun Control in Oz) I thought the Huffington Post would be interested in posting them. They were.

The Health Insurance Industry's Last Ditch Holdup

John Geyman | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Two mergers of health insurance giants in the U. S.--Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana--are in process, although now being challenged in the courts. If approved, they will collectively cover more than 132 million Americans

Health Care Inequality Is A Uniquely American Problem, And It's Getting Worse

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

In health care, as in the rest of American life, the gap between rich and poor is growing.

Will Alaska or Colorado Go Single-Payer?

Alex Tolbert | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Alex Tolbert

With Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination for President, it might seem like Senator Bernie Sanders' universal healthcare plan has bitten the dust. However, the United States may still see single-payer healthcare in the near future. Two states--Alaska and Colorado--could be the first to move away from the third-party payer system.

Does More Technology Bring Us Better Health Care?

John Geyman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

It is a common misperception that the U. S. has the best health care in the world, another example of "American exceptionalism." By constant repetition over many years, this myth has become a meme, a part of our language without regard to its merit.

Obama Joins Call For 'Public Option' Health Care Plan

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama has revived his endorsement of a government-run “public option” health insurance program that would compete ...

Hillary's Public Option Proposal: Could It Work?

John Geyman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

A recent article in The New York Times highlighted a proposal by Hillary Clinton to bring back the public option as part of the Affordable Care Act, described as a move to the left toward Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All proposal.

Bernie (and Hillary): Heed These Warnings About Single Payer

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Bernie Sanders's campaign website states: "The only long-term solution to America's health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program." This would be amusing if it weren't so frightening.

Doctors' Single-Payer Prescription for Health Care Reform

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

At least 27 million Americans remain uninsured, and for tens of millions with insurance, sky-high copayments and deductibles (which average $5,300 in the bronze plans sold on the ACA exchanges) mean they'd be bankrupted by a serious illness.

The Urban Institute's Attack On Single Payer: Ridiculous Assumptions Yield Ridiculous Estimates

David Himmelstein | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
David Himmelstein

The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders' domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders' proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade.

Where Bernie Sanders' Health Care Crusade Might Go From Here

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics

Bernie Sanders can make a real difference in the causes he’s championed, even if he doesn’t become president. That’s particularly true for one ...

Health Care: Of United, and Citizens

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for the status quo, United is a business, and has the option of renouncing its high costs. The people paying for business as usual with their lives -- do not.

This One Line Sums Up Clinton And Sanders' Big Policy Argument

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics

If you want to know why so many liberal policy wonks are exasperated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- and why so many Sanders supporters are exaspe...

The Most Substantive Debate in Recent Political History

David Morris | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton's campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the boldness of Sanders' proposals is what has driven this historic and instructive debate.

To Bernie Sanders Supporters From Someone Bernie's Age

Linda Bergthold | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Perhaps younger people don't realize the damage that a conservative state legislature can do to all of the proposals Sanders so strongly supports. You name the issue -- voting rights, reproductive rights, a fair and equitable wage, the right to organize -- all those issues are being systematically threatened at the state level.

An Injury to One Is Still an Injury to All

Arthur Camins | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Arthur Camins

It is possible for everyone to lead a decent, secure life, but it will require limiting the privileges of the wealthy. Achieving that goal will not be easy or fast. It requires unity and trust across traditional religious, racial and ethnic divisions.

Six Pharmaceutical Industry Practices That Will Make Your Blood Boil

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
Jacqueline Dooley

I recently posted the cost of a one-month supply of my daughter's oral chemotherapy drug to Facebook. The drug, Everolimus, retails at about $12,000 p...

Chronicle of Health Creation: The Shadow in Berwick's Call for a 'Moral Era' for Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The shocking shadow lurking in Berwick's "moral era" made me recall the names of the cascade of reform activities on the way to this reckoning -- and of the shadow each holds. Can this call to purpose rein in the beast?

Clinton And Sanders Are Both Right About The History Of Health Reform

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remember the history of health care reform in the 1990s and the 2000s very differently. In a sense, t...

Progressive Rants from Alternate Universe Donald Trump

Mike Sandler | Posted 03.07.2016 | Comedy
Mike Sandler

In an alternate universe, Donald Trump uses his powers for good instead of evil. Now that this universe's Donald has done better than expected in early primaries, it is time for alternative Donald to weigh in on other important progressive issues.