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Health Insurers Writing Big Checks to Democrats as Single Payer Support Grows

Political action committees of the 5 biggest for-profit health insurers - Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and United Health – are making large campaign donations to almost as many congressional Democrats as Republicans, in order to counter growing popular support for single payer insurance. As much as they oppose single payer, commercial insurers promote Medicare Advantage plans, which have become increasingly profitable to private insurers. The Coalition for Medicare Choices, created by AHIP, claims to be for the people, but is lobbying Congress to protect insurers’ Medicare Advantage profits.

Health Insurers

Insurers’ donations to House Democrats by company as % of total contributions to date
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Articles for the Cause Updates

Visit our "Articles for the Cause" page to see some new healthcare articles.  Then join the conversation and share your thoughts. Is the AMA joining the movement? Is single-payer the same as Medicare for All?  Is single-payer possible if the government is run by corporations?

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New Health Care Forum Page

Please visit our new page called "Health Care Forum" and join the conversation.  We welcome hearing your thoughts and ideas about healthcare and healthcare reform.   New items will be listed weekly.

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Research & Analysis (PNHI)


Public Takings of Private Insurance

Eldon Van Der Wege, MBA and
Thomas Billroth Gottlieb, MD

The last clause of the fifth amendment of the US Constitution is known as the “Takings clause”. Constitutional takings refer to the government depriving owners of their interest in private property. The takings require payment of compensation based on the value of the property.

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U.S. Healthcare Financing Reform: The Consolidation of the Health Insurance Industry

Eldon Van Der Wege, MBA and
Thomas Billroth Gottlieb, MD

In this study, we propose the US health insurance system should be consolidated using a mergers and acquisitions strategy to reduce the current inequality and administrative inefficiency in healthcare. We believe that our study has significant policy implications for healthcare reform and will result in higher quality services at a reduced cost and healthier communities.

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