Recent Reports & Activities
On May 21, 2019, a Medicare for All Resolutions webinar was conducted to bring people together, as a coalition effort in support of "Healthcare is a Human Right". Melinda St. Louis, the Campaign Director for Medicare for All at Public Citizen was the facilitator for this event.
HCACF co-president, Vince Markovchick recently facilitated 4 discussions about our healthcare system. These OLLI classes were offered at the University of Denver and focused on the history of healthcare, comparing our system to healthcare in other countries, and reasons for the high cost of care here in the United States.
Values of many Americans include security, justice, and freedom. A recent HealthCare for All Colorado Foundation (HCACF) presentation by Tom Gottlieb suggests that health care reform, such as a public national health insurance, must assure that these values are honored. The success of Medicare in America as a social insurance has fulfilled these values.
Research & Analysis (PNHI)
It is Time to Discontinue: Employer Provided Private Health Insurance Premiums, a Non-Taxable Remuneration (Fringe Benefit)
Employers have provided private health insurance as remuneration (fringe benefit) for workers since WWII. Beyond 1980, this benefit has become more destructive than beneficial. (See the New York times article written by Matt Bruenig on April 29, 2019).
Understanding current Medicare structure and law leads to a logical extension of Medicare that includes all Americans. HealthCare for All Colorado Foundation provides a summary that defines implementation of a financial plan for an Extended Medicare (aka Medicare-for-All).
Eldon Van Der Wege, MBA and
Thomas Billroth Gottlieb, MD
This paper describes the structure of Medicare funding as defined today. The future expansion and improvement of Medicare is further defined with a funding source already defined by existing federal law.