Health Care Forum


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.

In Healthcare, One Man's Waste Is Another Man's Income

Waste in our healthcare system creates great dialogue as well as confusion.   Chuck Dinerstein writes his reaction to the waste and abuse in our current system. 

In Healthcare, One Man's Waste Is Another Man's Income  Chuck Dinerstein, American Council on Science and Health, acsh.org  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Does Anyone Really ‘Love’ Their Private Health Insurance?

In an op-ed in the NY Times, Rachel Madley claims that she is "alive today not because of insurance companies but despite them".

Does Anyone Really ‘Love’ Private Health Insurance?   

Does Anyone Really 'Love' Private Health Insurance? (pdf)  Rachel Madley, NYTimes, nytimes.com   What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Faced With Soaring Costs of Private Insurance, Poll Shows 58% of Small Business Owners Support Medicare for All

Jake Johnson, staff writer for CommonDreams, reports on a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, which confirms that a majority of small business owners are in favor of replacing our current healthcare system with Medicare for All.

Read Faced With Soaring Costs of Private Insurance, Poll Shows 58% of Small Business Owners Support Medicare for AllJake Johnson, CommonDreams, commondreams.org  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Why We Need Single-Payer Health Care — and ‘Health Justice’

Washington Post Opinions editor, James Downie, takes a look at “Health Justice Now”, a book written by Timothy Faust.  Downie claims that Faust is an expert at explaining single payer; what it is, why we need it and how we can get. Faust supports HR 1384 and SB 1129, the Medicare for All Acts in Congress, because both bills include comprehensive coverage. 

Read Why We Need Single-Payer Health Care — and ‘Health Justiceby James Downie, Washington Post washingtonpost.com  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

A Majority of Americans with Employer-based Health Insurance Don't Mind if it Changes to Medicare for All — As Long As They Can Keep Their Current Coverage

Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Walt Hickey report on how Americans react to the "Medicare-for-All" versus"Employer-based plans" debate.  They found that it basically boiled down to: Don't take away or change my coverage and Medicare-for-All is fine with me.

Read A Majority of Americans with Employer-based Health Insurance Don't Mind if it Changes to Medicare for All — As Long As They Can Keep Their Current Coverage by Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Walt Hickey, Business Insider  businessinsider.com  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Medicare for All and Private Insurance: It is Like Mixing Oil and Water

James G. Kahn compares private insurance (current system) to Medicare-for-All (single payer) and explains how a single payer system could easily exist without single insurance in charge. He also analyzes scenarios in which private insurance companies might function within a single payer system and in what capacity.  

Read  Medicare for All and Private Insurance: It is Like Mixing Oil and Water  James G Kahn,  www.tarbell.org  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Medicare for All: A Voter's Cheat Sheet

Dr. James G. Kahn and Dr. Elliot Marseille created a 7 point cheat sheet on the facts of Medicare-for-All in an effort to clarify points made in the June Democratic debate. thehill.com 7/17/19

Read Medicare for All: A Voter's Cheat Sheet.  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.