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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 04.20.2016 | 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.

Cherry-picking Statistics to Bash Sanders' Medicare-for-All Plan

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

Hillary Clinton's camp (and the camp followers at the Washington Post and Fortune magazine) has made a remarkable discovery: National health insurance (aka Medicare-for-All) hurts poor people. How is that possible? It's not.

Setting the Record Straight on Medicare for All: An Open Letter From 560 Physicians and Medical Students

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 02.28.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

The renewed debate over the merits of single-payer health reform has been marred by misleading claims that such reform is unnecessary and unaffordable. We write to set the record straight. Despite the advances of the Affordable Care Act, the health care financing system continues to inflict needless suffering on our patients. Nearly 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

Medicare's History Belies Claim That Medicare-for-All Would Disrupt Care

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

Hillary Clinton and others charge that Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All plan would disrupt and threaten Americans' health care. But the smooth rollout of Medicare-for-Seniors in 1965 -- which many had also predicted would bring chaos -- belies that charge.

Single-Payer NHI: The Only Way the US Can Ever Get Affordable Health Care

John Geyman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Now that Bernie Sanders has brought forward his progressive agenda, including real health care reform through a single-payer universal Medicare for all program, the knives are out from the Republicans as well as Hillary Clinton to distort and discredit this option with false information and voodoo numbers.

Bernie Sanders' Health Care for All and Free College: Idealism or Practical Realism?

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

To call health care for all and free college education idealism is to deny realistic possibilities in the service of an ideology that idealizes greed and eschews compassion and courage. It's defeatism and a betrayal of the American way.

More Signs Of Fuzzy Math In The Bernie Sanders Health Plan

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

There’s new reason to think the numbers in the Bernie Sanders health care plan don’t add up. On Wednesday, the Center for a Responsible Federal Bu...

Hillary Isn't Making Sense: How Does 'Debate' on Bernie's Single Payer Plan Equal Obamacare Repeal?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

If we end up in gridlock while discussing single payer, the Affordable Care Act remains in place. Surely Secretary Clinton knows this. Surely anyone who has even the slightest clue about how laws work in this country knows this. Yet she seems to be telling voters something different.

What One Critic Gets Wrong About The Sanders Health Care Plan

David Himmelstein | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
David Himmelstein

Kenneth Thorpe, an Emory University professor who served in the Clinton administration, claims Sanders's single-payer plan would break the bank. But his analysis rests on several incorrect, and occasionally outlandish, assumptions.