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How Insurers Are Cashing in on Medicare While Shunning Small Businesses and the Individual Market

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Wendell Potter

The big five health insurance companies have begun reporting their third quarter 2012 earnings and, so far, they are pleasing their shareholders with profits that are better than Wall Street expected.

Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Time to Pronounce it Dead

John Geyman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business
John Geyman

We have had about a 75-year experiment with employer-sponsored health insurance, but its track record is one of continued decline over the last 30 years -- fewer people covered, less coverage for more costs, and less value of that coverage.

Myths and Misperceptions About Primary Care

John Geyman | Posted 10.22.2011 | Books
John Geyman

We are indebted to the late Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for this basic definition of the four pillars of primary care.

The First Test for Our Newly "Civil" Congress: The Repeal of Health Care Reform

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Congress has just gone through 10 days of reflection and grief over the tragedy in Tucson. Will we see civil discourse take place this week in Congress?

A Progressive Candidate Ignored By the Democratic Party

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps it is quixotic to pursue a seat in Congress these days if you are a progressive. I think not. Candidate Dr. David Gill has been chasing that d...

Round 2: The Battle for Single Payer (Improved Medicare for All) Continues

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Where does the single payer movement go from here? They will no longer be deferential to the Democratic party. They are taking the fight to their legislators in their communities and in D.C., demanding accountability.

The New Town Hall Reality: Why Did Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN) Blow Up?

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

At the New Albany meeting, people were polite and even relaxed enough to chuckle whenever someone spoke with dry Indiana wit. Yet Hill silenced would-be hecklers by saying "Let me answer that before you interrupt, please!"

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.

Obama's Health Care Speech: Soaring Rhetoric, Scant Imagination

Marshall Auerback | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Auerback

Obama's speech was even weaker than the spin preceding the joint address to Congress suggested.

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.

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.

In a Town Hall Meeting, Healthcare Swing-Vote Representative Baron Hill [D-IN] Takes a Clear Stand on Reform

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

Hill could not represent a southern Indiana consensus view, because there was none; whatever he chose to do, it would cost him votes.

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.

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.

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.

Ready or Not, Big Change is Coming: The Impending Death Of Private Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Most of us have by now heard many indictments of private health insurance. What's new and may be surprising to many people is this: despite its size and political power, it is a dying industry.