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Medicare Advantage: Trojan Horse for Privatization of Medicare

Medicare Advantage: Trojan Horse for Privatization of Medicarea Truthseekers Podcast.  Michele Swenson interviews HCACF board member Robert Messman.  They explore the differences between Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans.   Produced by Michele Swenson, Denver Open Media member and an HCACF board member. 

Medicare for All: Fears and Facts

This article reports on why healthcare reform is not only necessary, but possible. 

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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.

Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers By Billions Annually, Records Show

NPR reports that over the past 3 years, Medicare has been overcharged an excess of $30 billion by different health insurers, and recuperating the money is a slow and difficult process. Medicare Advantage plans are the cause of this crisis. 

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Medicare For All Explained : A Revelation

For this podcast, Joe Sparks interviews Stephanie Nakajima, Director of Communications at Healthcare-NOW.  Ms. Nakajima talks about her personal healthcare experiences and why there is an urgent need for single payer, Medicare-for-All.  Joe Sparks, Medicare for All Explained, Episode 15

Listen to Medicare For All Explained : A RevelationEpisode 15  What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Why Some CEOs Figure ‘Medicare For All’ Is Good For Business

Phil Galewitz, from KHN Kaiser Health News, examines why an increasing number of businesses support universal health care.  The rising costs in our current system is certainly one of the reasons.   He interviewed several people, including Richard Master who stated  “Insurance companies are not watching the store and don’t have incentives to hold down costs in the current system.” 

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Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Medicare-for-All - updated version 06/21/19

This updated article includes multiple interactive graphics which illustrate where each candidate stands on Medicare-for-All and other related healthcare issues.  By Kevin Uhrmacher , Kevin Schaul, Paulina Firozi and Jeff Stein, Washington Post.

HCACF's position on this Washington Post article:

"Public Option" - "Medicare Buy-In" - "Medicare X" - "Medicare for America" – "Medicare Extra for All" – These are "Faux Medicare" health coverage proposals by Democrats that seek to appeal to the popular traditional "Medicare" name, while perpetuating at their core the fragmented multiple private health insurance model - complex and administratively costly. The offer of a "Medicare buy-in" or a "Public option" invites cherry-picking by private insurers who pad profits by selectively covering the healthy, while relegating the chronically ill to a "public plan" – thus driving up public costs to increase private profits. Only the cost-sustainability of a National Public Health Insurance, a Single-Payer Medicare for All model can control costs and provide universal coverage in a single large risk pool insurance.

 Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Medicare-for-All-updated July 15, 2019  

Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Medicare-for-All updated September 20, 2019 What are your thoughts? Please write your comments below.

Medicare for All Resolutions Webinar

On May 21, 2019, a Medicare for All Resolutions webinar was conducted to bring people together, as a coalition effort in support of "Healthcare is a Human Right". Melinda St. Louis, the Campaign Director for Medicare for All at Public Citizen was the facilitator for this event. 

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How Healthy is Our Health Care System?

HCACF co-president, Vince Markovchick recently facilitated 4 discussions about our healthcare system. These OLLI classes were offered at the University of Denver and focused on the history of healthcare, comparing our system to healthcare in other countries, and reasons for the high cost of care here in the United States. 

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