Health Care Forum


What Medicare for All Really Looks Like

Caitlin Kelly takes an in-depth look at Canada's health care system; why it is successful, what are some of its challenges, how it is funded and public opinion on whether or not this could work in the United States.

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Hearing on “Proposals to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage”

President of National Nurses United and a nurse for 40 years in Minnesota, Jean Ross testified before Congress, describing the U.S. complex, unaffordable private health insurance model based on corporate profiteering. She related the only way to achieve cost-sustainable universal health care access is the Medicare-for-All insurance model.

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Big Pharma Celebrates New Year By Raising Prices Over 250 Drugs

Beth Mole from ARS Technica reports on the price gauging hikes by Big Pharma, which are well above the actual rate of inflation.

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What It Looks Like When a Hospital We Investigated Erases $11.9 Million in Medical Debt

Can you imagine having to choose between feeding your children or paying money owed to a hospital? Going into bankruptcy or buying food?  Wendi C. Thomas investigated the debt collecting practices of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis and discovered the hospital was targeting low income patients who were struggling to pay their bills. Because of this highly publicized investigation, Methodist Hospital had a change of heart, stopped its harsh practices and started to erase all debts owed. 

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We’ve Been Tracking Pharma Payments to Doctors For Nearly A Decade. We Just Made A Big Breakthrough.

ProPublica conducted a study based on the following question: Were the drug company payments linked to doctors’ drug choices?  According to deputy managing editor Charles Ornstein, the results are in and the answer is yes!

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The Stunning Rise of Single-Payer Health Care

Olga Khazan from The Atlantic conducted several interviews to help determine why there is such a rise in support of a single-payer healthcare system.  Read these personal stories and interviews to help you draw your own informed conclusion.

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HEALTHCARE DISSECTED PT 1 and PT 2

AMERICA DISSECTED WITH ABDUL EL-SAYED NOV.18.19 

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed offers two new healthcare podcasts:

HEALTHCARE DISSECTED PT 1: “NOBODY KNEW HEALTHCARE COULD BE SO COMPLICATED" is an interview with Lisa Cardillo, whose personal story and frightening experience with our healthcare system, raises many questions and concerns about our current system.

HEALTHCARE DISSECTED PT 2: MEDICARE-FOR-WHO? Part 2 explores the major healthcare plans: Medicare-For-All (single-payer), the public option, and Medicare-for-America 

America Dissected with Abdul El-Sayed, MD,  Crooked Media, crooked.com  What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.

Americans’ Values and Beliefs About National Health Insurance Reform

The Commonwealth Fund, New York Times and Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health recently released a new report. 

Their report identifies what Americans think about different areas of national health insurance reform:
1. The preferred role of government generally in the U.S.
2. The preferred role for government in health care
3. Attitudes towards the current U.S. health care system
4. Views on equal treatment in the U.S. health care system
5. Personal experiences with health care and health issues
6. Views on the future desired direction of health insurance reform in the U.S.
7. Public trust in groups trying to improve the U.S. health care system

Americans’ Values and Beliefs About National Health Insurance Reform by The Commonwealth Fund, New York Times and Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health  What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.

Make No Mistake: Medicare for All Would Cut Taxes for Most Americans

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman make the claim that "Funding universal health insurance through taxes would lead to a large tax cut for the vast majority of workers", which in turn would ensure that workers would see a large increase in their take-home pay.

Make No mistake: Medicare for All Would Cut Taxes for Most Americans by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, The Guardian. What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.

TaxJusticeNow.org is the site mentioned in this article.  

Stop Fearmongering about 'Medicare for All.' Most Families Would Pay Less for Better Care.

Donald M. Berwick, MD is an Opinion contributor to USA Today.  He lays the groundwork in support of Medicare for All, citing three main topics of discussion: It is the best fix for everyone struggling with our current system, it will save trillions of dollars, and it will shift our costs but without increasing them.   

"The case for Medicare for All is simple. It would cover everyone, period. Done right, it would lower costs. And it would ease paperwork and confusion."

Stop Fearmongering about 'Medicare for All.' Most Families Would Pay Less for Better Care by Donald M. Berwick, MD, USA Today.   What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.