Extended Medicare Framework

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). 

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Americans Are Borrowing a Staggering Amount of Money to Pay for Their Healthcare

Libby Watson from Splinter News, reported on a recent Gallup Poll which showed that millions of Americans have to borrow money in order to pay their healthcare bills.  April 2, 2019.   This article supports HCACF's position on the importance of implementing a Public National Health Insurance to finance universal public and private health care delivery.

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Private Insurance Industry Seeks to Privatize Medicare, with Support of 368 Congress Members

Private health insurers seek to defund and privatize traditional Medicare by supplanting it with the much less efficient, more costly, Medicare Advantage Plans that are paid tens of billions of dollars in extra subsidies annually. This piece by American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), representative of private insurers, thanks 368 Congress members for their “strong bipartisan” advocacy for enrollment of those over 65 in Medicare Advantage Plans. Even Congress members who ostensibly support “Medicare-for-All,” have endorsed AHIP’s letter effectively promoting privatization of Medicare. Most of Colorado’s delegation, Democrats & Republicans, have signed. Check to see if your representatives signed - let them know that privatizing Medicare by replacing it with Medicare Advantage is the wrong way to go.

AHIP 
February 7, 2019
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Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Medicare-for-All

Kevin Uhrmacher, Kevin Schaul, Paulina Firozi and Jeff Stein from the Washington Post highlight the presidential candidates and their positions on Medicare-for-All.  The information presented is based on the candidate's voting records, statements and answers to a Washington Post questionnaire. 

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US Should Transition to Single-Payer Health Care System

In this 9-minute video, Dr. Adam Gaffney makes the case that "only Medicare for All can fix the grave dysfunctions and injustices of the American health care system".  Fox News correspondents assert "extraordinary costs" of single payer insurance, refuted by Dr. Gaffney, who notes the U.S. spends twice as much as other high-income nations with worse outcomes. Large savings of single payer for hospital and drug costs, and especially for administrative costs, permit compensation for providers that is essentially unchanged under single payer. Dr. Gaffney contrasts the right of health coverage under Medicare for All with the unfairness of so-called "free-market" health care in which only those who can afford it get care.

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A Single-Payer Advocate Answers the Big Question: How Do We Pay For It?

Dylan Scott from Vox interviewed Matt Bruenig from the People's Policy Project "on what he worries about — and what he doesn’t — for Medicare-for-all".  Matt answered some tough healthcare questions such as "How do you finance a single-payer health care system?" " Is it possible for the health care supply to meet its demand?"  and "What can the government do for rural hospitals that feel a pinch under single-payer?"
 

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Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink

The video Big Money Agenda: Democracy on the Brink by CEO Richard Master, demonstrates how commercial insurance is failing the people with inflated administrative costs and inadequate policies, even as crony capitalism derails democracy. Lobbyists outnumbered Congress members 8 to 1 at the time of the ACA, guaranteeing continued high prices for Big Pharma. Fifty percent of Congress members move through the lobbyist revolving door. Founded on the common good, U.S. government has been bought by special interest money, and further compromised by the Supreme Court decision Citizens United, equating money in politics with speech.

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Congressman Joe Neguse Appointed Vice-Chair of Medicare for All Caucus

February 25, 2019 Press Release: Congressman Joe Neguse, Congressional District 2 in Colorado, has been appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus and has signed the Medicare for All Act of 2019 which is scheduled to be introduced sometime this week. Congressman Neguse also is serving as a Vice-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, along with several of his colleagues.  

 

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We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance

In the article We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance, a case is made that Medicare for All (M4A) health care reform is in fact a simple substitution of the private health insurance by a public national health insurance that provides access to basic health services. The article further defines the role for private health insurance including; “duplicative” plans, “supplementary” plans, and “complementary” plans, all of which are defined by the writer.

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How Healthy is our Healthcare and Why Does it Cost So Much?

HCACF Board member Vince Markovchick, MD presents how American taxpayers are paying more for their healthcare than people living in countries with national health insurance.  He asks and answers the following questions: What is the root cause of our healthcare dilemma? Why are our costs so high? What are the attributes of the “Ideal” health insurance plan? He also explains healthcare waste. cost and abuse in our U.S. insurance system, and why public opinion in the United States strongly favors single-payer national health insurance.

 

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