Single payer links of the day


Insurers’ high-deductible plans leave many without needed care

Capital NY – Health chairs predict problems with coming ‘Cadillac’ tax

The controversial Cadillac tax, or excise tax on high-premium insurance plans, imposes a 40 percent tax on health premiums above a threshold of $10,200 a year for individuals and $27,500 for families. It is expected to bring in $87 billion in federal revenue by 2025, according to the most recent Congressional Budget Office analysis.

The Hidden Opportunity to Significantly Increase Profits: Maximizing Out-of-Network Reimbursements

Vermont Lawmakers and the governor reached a deal to pass a health care package that, as one senator put it, will “keep the lights on” for health care reform.

McClaughry: Vermont’s Galloping Gertie


Single-payer health care may emerge as best option

PwC: Billing and payment for a “New Health Economy”

Nurse Talk Radio Visits With RN and Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU

Five Republicans buck GOP chairman on O-Care investigation

Single payer links of the day

New evidence that individuals do not make sensible health insurance decisions
Nobody could make an intelligent decision based on the information on DC Health Link, it is built to be confusing.

Study: Health Insurance Overhead Waste Unchanged by Affordable Care Act
Dennis Kucinish had it right the first time, the Affordable Care Act was written as a bailout for the insuracne industry, NOT to provide health care for ordinary Americans.

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Bernie Sanders is best for president in 2016 as he is for single-payer health care

Single payer links of the day

25% of MA Nurses Believe Understaffing is Killing Patients

My story: why Oregon should adopt health care for all

Jim Hightower: The legalized immorality of Big Pharma

HHS: Insurers must cover all birth control

Single payer links of the day

Canadian Doctor SAVAGES Senator On Healthcare

Blacks, Latinos make health care gains

In an earlier, separate study released by DC Health Link, researchers concluded the number of uninsured individuals in the District dropped as much as 43 percent as a result of those previously uninsured signing up for coverage through DC Health Link.

Unfortunately, health insurance and health care are not the same thing.

Committee members say no to Vitter’s fishing expedition.

What Republicans Are Signed Up For Obamacare? It’s Not Just Ted Cruz

D.C. Health Link consumers saw some of the smallest premium increases in region

Film Notes: Pump House films focus on labor, topical issues Pittsburg Post-Gazzette

The Healthcare Movie”: An hourlong documentary about how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so different when, at one point, they were essentially the same. With 10-minute “The Second Stage of Medicare.” May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

“Healthcare — Do We Need a Single-Payer System?”: Speakers will address major health care issues, including the Affordable Care Act, the UPMC-Highmark tussle and a single-payer system. May 16 at 2 p.m.

Oregon advocates testify for universal health care

Single payer links of the day


When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?
In a single payer system a hospital would have no disincentive to move out of a poor neighborhood.

Contrary to goals, ER visits rise under Obamacare

Health insurers ‘may go the way of Blockbuster’

The BlueCross BlueShield Association is privatizing Medicare

The Florida House Speaker’s opposition to Medicaid

Single payer links of the day

What Bernie Sanders thinks about the issues: a comprehensive primer

The major issue on which Sanders embraces “full socialism” is health care, where he maintains his longtime support of a single-payer health-care system. At an Iowa event last year, Sanders called Obamacare a “modest step forward.” But he said much more work needed to be done on expanding coverage and reducing the costs of care: “We are the only major nation on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people.” The problem, he said, is that in the current system, “the goal is for the insurance companies and the drug companies to make as much money as possible.”

Sanders was a key supporter of Vermont’s plan to implement the United States’ first single-payer health care system. “If we do it and do it well, other states will get in line and follow us,” he said. “And we will have a national system.” But the plan has since foundered over cost concerns, and implementation has been indefinitely postponed. “It’s not that it hasn’t worked out, it hasn’t been implemented,” Sanders told The Hill this February.

This blogger endorses Bernie Sanders for President. Sanders is responsible for inserting a provision in Affrodable Healthcare Act (also known as Obamacare) that allows states, which would include DC, to form their own single payer systems.

The Doctor Will See You Now. First, Your Copay. The Erosion of Health Security Under the Affordable Care Act

Why Section 1332 Could Solve the Obamacare Impasse

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Single payer links of the day

Feds now say Medicaid expansion, hospital dollars not connected The issue would never arise in a single payer system.

Republican Doctor Advocates Single Payer Health System

CMS passively rejects any government role in reducing Part D drug costs

Patient advocates were rightfully upset when Congress included a prohibition in the Medicare Part D drug program preventing the government from instituting a price structure for the reimbursement of covered drugs.

July 30th, 2015 – Medicare Turns 50! Many events are being planned.

Sam Seder asks Are Drug Companies the Most Evil?

The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow: America’s Number 1! (In Terrible Public Health)

Single payer links of the day

D.C. Health Link requests funding for more hires, IT improvements
DC will spend $32.5 million on DC Health Link, that does not include the Federal Grants which will disappear in the future. $32.5 million that will not pay for one office visit, not one vaccination, not one prescription, not one health proceedure. This is $32.5 million in administration. This is $32.5 million DC could save with its own single payer system. We would pay for health care, not administration, not health insurance companies, health care. We could have a much better system for far less money.

Letter to the Bennington Banner

Even though we rank last among these nations, we rank first in a single area — the cost of care. The health care cost per capita in 2014 was $3,647 in the United Kingdom but was $8,895 in the U.S. The health care cost as a percentage of the GDP in 2014 was 9.4 percent in the United Kingdom but was 17.2 percent in the U.S. The extra 7.8 percent of our GDP amounts to about $1 trillion per year.

Wendell Potter: Allyson Schwartz’s new advocacy group is not what it appears

Single payer legislation introduced in Ohio

S.B. No. 137, the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents, has been introduced in the 131st General Assembly jointly sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell and Charleta Tavares and co-sponsored by Senators Edna Brown, Cecil Thomas, Sandra Williams and Kenny Yuko.

How to end police brutality once and for all

Clearly peaceful demonstrations are not sufficient to stop police brutality. While the demonstrations have changed the national conversation, they have not stopped, or even reduced the number of unarmed civilians killed by police.

Riots are even less effective. Apart from losing the support of the general public, riots only hurt the businesses with the misfortune of being in the path of the riot. In fact, riots can have the effect of speeding up the process of gentrification by lowering property values and making redevelopment more profitable.

Riots do not touch the interests of the power structure, and if we are to put an end to police brutality, we must confront he power structure behind the militarization of our police force. It will be necessary to coerce our power structure by means of non-violent non-cooperation. We must deprive them of the funds necessary to fund our militarized police force.

We need a nationwide boycott of all state lotteries. While the poor provide the vast majority of lottery sales, the money is spent equally across a state. Therefore, lotteries are a vast transfer of wealth from the poorest of the poor to the prosperous. The companies who run these lotteries never locate their offices in poor neighborhoods, even less do they hire from the communities that provide their sales. As I said, lotteries are a vast transfer of wealth from the poorest of the poor to the prosperous. Lotteries are an especially insidious form of state parasitism.

What if all across America poor people declined to buy lottery tickets? Then state and local coffers would begin to run very short of funds. It would function like any other boycott, no justice, no sales.

I imagine that demands would widely vary from state to state and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ending police brutality would be basic, but also demands could be made for low cost housing, ending closing of schools, water shut offs, and any other demands the community considered basic to their well being. The lottery is the vulnerability of the power structure. They can’t very well insist that people buy lottery tickets. They would have no choice but to give in to community demands.

Single payer links of the day

Vermont Activists Battle Democratic Governor for Single-Payer Health Care

National Nurses United: Thousands of RNs to Strike 9 California, Illinois Hospitals; Cite Staffing, Patient Care Concerns

Don McCanne MD: Are we seeing the end of low priced generics?

150th Central Labor Council Endorses HR676!

The Chattanooga Area Labor Council endorsed HR 676 at its regular monthly meeting March 23, 2015, reports Gary Watlkins, Council President. HR 676 is the national single payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The bill currently has 48 co-sponsors including Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis,Tennessee.

Prescription price shock: OSU/OHSU study takes drug industry to task

News in brief: Health care reform advocates find outlet in Picnic Day Parade

Several members of the Yolo County chapter of Health Care For All (HCA), a statewide health care reform nonprofit, paraded at last Saturday’s Picnic Day to endorse adoption of a single-payer health care system for California.

HCA Yolo County has paraded and tabled at Picnic Day the last few years. Jerry Marr, the chapter co-director, said that the parade has been an opportunity to bring awareness to a policy that would keep many out of illness and bankruptcy.

A study from NerdWallet Health found that unpaid medical bills are the chief cause of bankruptcy filings, affecting nearly two million people in 2013.

Robin Wallace: The cost of health care

Harry Wyeth’s recent letter asks for information about how other wealthy countries manage health care and how much it costs.

The answer: by implementing a single-payer system which costs less than half of what our country spends with its for-profit health care system.

UMass health care forum panelists tout single-payer system

Letter: Single-payer would work better in SC than private health-insurance system