insurance/financing


BEWARE!! Republicans (Corporatists) are Privatizing Medicare

This piece by CMS promotes privatization of health care financing, including Medicare 'Advantage' plans that use the pretense of 'choice' and 'competition' to sell plans to enhance the bottom line of multiple private insurers, while ultimately gouging taxpayer dollars. Multiple payer insurers actually reduce 'choice' of providers by reducing the size of their provider networks - only traditional Medicare offers true full 'choice' of providers. Also, true beneficial 'competition' should be among providers, not multiple profiteering insurers.

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Washington Efforts to Privatize Medicare

Many efforts in Washington focus on the privatization of Medicare to perpetuate a fragmented multi-payer financing model that is unsustainable and increases administrative costs. One-third of all Medicare beneficiaries are now on private Medicare Advantage plans, which have become major profit centers for commercial insurances who game the system to cover only the healthy. The best means to universal healthcare is one single large risk pool, traditional Medicare insurance. 

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Biggest Lie on Medicare-for-All

Michael Lighty explains how Medicare-for-All is simply providing healthcare to everyone, despite Trump's lies and spin.

Watch Michael Lighty's video.  What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.

Medicare for All Town Hall Bernie Sanders

As Medicare For All becomes more achievable, the fiscal and financial arguments against it will intensify. Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks and Ryan Grim of The Intercept break down the messaging strategy of universal health care's leading proponent, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Kasparian and Grim spoke moments after the Medicare For All Town Hall completed in the US Capitol Visitors Center January 23, 2018 

Watch the video. What are your thoughts?  Please write your comments below.

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A Tough Negotiator Proves Employers Can Bargain Down Health Care Prices at a Great Cost of Time and Energy

As head of Montana’s Employee Benefit Plan, Marilyn Bartlett negotiated uniform hospital and pharmaceutical rates, saving system from bankruptcy. What Bartlett achieved in Montana over a two-year period can be accomplished with relative ease nationally under a Medicare-for-All national health insurance model.   By Marsha Allen, NPR October 2, 2018.  Photo by Mike Albans for NPR.

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Universal Healthcare Was Unthinkable in America, but Not Any More

Adam Gaffney from PNHP examines the history of universal healthcare and his hope that the Democrats do not repeat mistakes from the past. He recognizes the need for a single-payer healthcare system and identifies the answer to be a “fully public national health insurance providing comprehensive, universal coverage to the entire nation.”

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Single Payer is Not a Government Takover

The Pagosa Daily Post published a letter to the editor written by HCACF Board Member, Michele Swenson.  Ms. Swenson explains how single payer healthcare is a financing model and not a government takeover,  and clearly cites the difference between healthcare delivery and health insurance.

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3 Documents That Address Health Care Financing

HCAC Foundation believes it is time to present a financial business plan which provides health care services for all. This paper written by Tom Gottlieb summarizes three existing documents on our website that directly address health care financing and how to eliminate private corporate insurance control.

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Expanding and Improving Medicare

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.

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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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