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Health industry lobbyists are posing as "ordinary citizens who don't want Medicare for All"

Here are some "ordinary citizens" who have recently been featured in the press as people who are completely OK with the state of American healthcare and totally opposed to Medicare for All or any other project to reform America's worst-in-the-world health care system: "Mustafa Tameez, businessman, Texas" (Tameez is managing director at Texas-based Outreach Strategists, a public affairs and lobbying firm that reps Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, University of Texas Physicians, and St. Luke’s Ho...
Tags: Health, Post, Corruption, Florida, Texas, News, America, Iowa, Jeb Bush, Medicare, Roy, Dc, Astroturf, Republican, ACA, St Luke

Self-insurer Walmart flies its sick employees to out-of-state specialists to avoid local price-gougers

Walmart self-insures its workforce, rather than relying on an outside insurer like Cigna or Blue Cross; this means that it gets to make judgment calls that other firms cannot, and that has led the retail giant to a pretty weird place: for certain procedures that it believes to be overused by local hospitals, it flies its employees (even front-line, low-waged employees) to see the nation's top specialists in out-of-state facilities where they receive "concierge, white-glove care that was reserve...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, Corruption, News, Walmart, Pennsylvania, Cigna, Bill, ACA, Mayo Clinic, Blue Cross, Incentives Matter, Parkinson, Mike Mozart, Geisinger

A detailed analysis of American ER bills reveals rampant, impossible-to-avoid price-gouging

For more than a year, Vox's Sarah Kliff has been investigating hospital price-gouging in America, collecting hospital bills from her readers and comparing them, chasing up anomalies and pulling on threads, producing a stream of outstanding reports on her findings. In her latest installment, Kliff digs deep into the famously bizarre world of ER bills and points out some of the most egregious ways in which these are rigged. For example, if you are injured and also financially precarious, yo...
Tags: Health, Post, Florida, News, America, Seattle, Vox, ACA, Kliff, Sarah Kliff, Late Stage Capitalism, Emergency Rooms, Medicare For All, Single-payer Healthcare, Sarah Kliff Vox, Grifter Capitalism

Rep Pramila Jayapal's Medicare For All Act fixes America's dire and broken health-care system; take action to support it now!

Pramila Jayapal [D-WA] has introduced the , which mandates comprehensive health-care reform so that Americans can enjoy the same basic right to high-quality health care that the people in every other developed nation have had for decades, while ending the cream-skimming and price-gouging created by America's fragmented system, which is a gift to grifters and middlemen, but which leaves patients and medical professionals mired in needless expense and bureaucracy, a system so byzantine and ineff...
Tags: Health, Post, News, US, America, ACA, Universal Health Care, Pramila Jayapal, Medicare For All, Grifter Capitalism

After promising health care execs that Medicare for All was dead, Pelosi's team plans toothless pharma deal

If there's one issue that the Democrats could win votes with, it's limits on pharmaceutical prices, because virtually every American agrees that we're being ripped off by Big Pharma (and that goes double for Obama Democrat voters who switched to being Trump voters in 2016). But the Democratic establishment doesn't want the Democrats to win, they want Democrats to win without upsetting the donor class, and pharma spends like crazy (I'm looking at you, Other Cory). Pelosi runs a big organiz...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Obama, US, Corporatism, Pharma, ACA, Caribbean, Trump, Big Pharma, Pelosi, Social Security Works, Universal Health Care, McConnell, Dinos

California could insure many more people – but it will come at a price

By Michael Finch II and Sammy Caiola, The USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative State lawmakers are expected to receive a first look Friday at the costs tied to an ambitious plan to provide health insurance for more California residents. The report represents California’s response to the Trump administration’s retreat on the Affordable Care Act, analyzing how to provide more generous consumer subsidies to pay for costly health insurance, subsidies for insurance companies and a state pen...
Tags: Health, Politics, News, California, Kaiser Permanente, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Green, Soccer, Glendale, ACA, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Bay, Trump

Ha-ha, only serious: McSweeney's on price-gouging in the emergency room

Emergency rooms at for-profit hospitals are notorious price-gougers, where an ice-pack and a bandage can cost $5,000, and where no one will tell you how much your care is costing until months after the fact. In a funny, serious, link-studded satirical essay on McSweeney's (Welcome to Our Modern Hospital Where If You Want to Know a Price You Can Go Fuck Yourself), Alex Baia makes explicit the submerged subtext of these sleazy, crooked tactics: "Well, you can’t do much about that now. Except ...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, News, Humor, Satire, ACA, McSweeney, Late Stage Capitalism, Medicare For All, 5000 For An Icepack, Alex Baia, Alex Baia McSweeney

Obamacare study: 25% decline in home delinquencies among newly insured poor people

Poor people were not the primary target of Obamacare; as a group, their care is more likely to be "non-compensated" (trips to the emergency room while classed as "indigent" and unable to pay), so insurance shouldn't make a big difference to them, right? Wrong. A recently updated study, The Effect of Health Insurance on Home Payment Delinquency: Evidence from ACA Marketplace Subsidies, from finance and business researchers affiliated with both academic business schools and several federal r...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Obamacare, Milwaukee, Economics, Poverty, Scholarship, Evictions, ACA, Medicaid, Gallagher, Red States, Medicaid Expansion, Matthew Desmond, Medicare For All

Insurance companies gouge on CPAP machines and consumables, use wireless modems to spy on your usage

Sleep apnea is a fast-growing health complaint among Americans, and that has triggered a set of deceptive and unethical measures by US health insurers to shift the cost of using CPAP machines (the forced air machines that sleep apnea patients rely on to stay healthy) to the people who use them, with the effect that it's often much cheaper to pay cash for your machine and its consumables than it is to get them through insurance. Insurers insist that patients rent their machines rather than p...
Tags: Health, Post, News, Australia, US, Brooklyn, Cigna, Medicare, Iot, ACA, UnitedHealthcare, CPAP, Newburgh New York, Sleep Apnea, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism

Dear AACC – Maybe Someone Should Look at All Your Content

Courtesy of Aaron New, here is another attribution problem at AACC. This article “The Case for Faith: Celebrating Hope in Mental Health Care” posted by “Emily” with authorship attributed to Eric Scalise and Tim Clinton in January of this year is mostly lifted from a book by Siang-Yang Tan and Eric Scalise titled Lay Counseling: Equipping Christians for a Helping Ministry. Here is just a little bit of the article. The words in italics are taken directly from Tan’s and Scalise’s book. Someone took...
Tags: Health, Plagiarism, ACA, Infertility, Clinton, Freud, Mental Health Care, APA, Emily, Tan, McMinn, Reiner, Scalise, AACC, Tim Clinton, AACC Foundation

California’s uninsured rate declined last year despite federal efforts to roll back ACA

By Phil Galewitz, California Healthline The percentage of people without health insurance continued to decline in California last year, according to a closely watched report from the Census Bureau, released this week. The state’s uninsured rate edged down even as Republicans in Washington, D.C. sought to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The rate of uninsurance dropped in just two other two states: New York and Louisiana. In the Golden State, the rate of uninsured residents stood at 7.2 percent...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, Texas, News, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Oregon, NFL, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Gop

Analysis: Only modest premium hikes, and some cuts, seen as ‘Obamacare’ stabilizes

By MEGHAN HOYER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That’s the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year’s midterm elections. The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere Health crunched available state data and found that “Obamacare’s” ...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Obamacare, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Alabama, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Arkansas, Tennessee, House, Healthcare

Health insurance education contributes to higher enrollment in ACA plans

Community outreach and educational support for navigating health insurance options available in the Affordable Care Act marketplace are crucial for helping people choose the best plan based on their individual needs, according to researchers, health policy experts and community partners across Missouri - one of 19 states that hasn't expanded Medicaid eligibility.
Tags: Health, Missouri, ACA

How much would universal health care really cost?

The Koch-backed Mercatus Institute was humiliated last month when it published a scare story claiming that American couldn't afford the $32.6 trillion cost of universal health care for the next decade, a number that seems huge until you realize that the cost of privatized US health care over the same period will be $2 trillion higher. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, News, US, Economics, ACA, Koch, Universal Health Care, Medicare For All, Modern Monetary Theory, Macoreconomics, Mercatus Institute

The Silent Clean Up Continues

As Professor Aaron New documents today on Twitter, AACC owner and Trump evangelical advisor Tim Clinton continues to quietly clean up his citation problems. Good thing too because failure to attribute your work properly is a big problem in professional circles. Look at what the American Counseling Association code of ethics (2014) says: G.5.b. Plagiarism Counselors do not plagiarize; that is, they do not present another person’s work as their own. G.5.c. Acknowledging Previous Work In publicatio...
Tags: Health, ACA, Infertility, Clinton, Trump, AACC, Dan Allender, American Counseling Association, Tim Clinton, Aaron New, Twitter AACC

Young doctors revolt, force AMA to consider backing single-payer healthcare for the first time

Millennial doctors are killing predatory health-care capitalism! (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, Business, News, ACA, Ama, Uspoli, Single Payer, Late Stage Capitalism, Medicare For All, Socialized Medicine, 2018 Tsunami

Koch thinktank inadvertently proves that America would save trillions by switching to socialized medicine

Mercatus (previously) is part of the Koch Brothers' network of thinktanks which allow the billionaires and their cadre of oligarchs to make it appear that their ideas are mainstream by all singing the praises of the wealthy in chorus. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, Corruption, News, America, Koch Brothers, ACA, Koch, Late Stage Capitalism, Guillotine Watch, Medicare For All, Socialized Medicine

60 Congressional Democrats form a Medicare For All caucus

When Bernie Sanders made a bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 2016 with a pledge of "Medicare For All," the party establishment (coffers fattened with money from the health insurance industry) claimed that the policy was a nonstarter that would never find popular support. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, News, Democrats, Health Care, ACA, Bernie Sanders, Congressional, Medicare For All, Healthcare Is A Right

Trump administration takes another big swipe at ACA

The suspension of these payments is the most recent maneuver by the Trump administration to undercut the health-care law that President Donald Trump has vowed since his campaign to demolish.
Tags: Health, News, Nation, Donald Trump, ACA, Trump, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

Southern California emergency room use has actually risen after the passage of Obamacare. Here’s why

First in a four-part series that examines emergency room use in Southern California. Homeless people and a growing number of newly insured young adults are flooding Southern California’s emergency departments for non-life threatening illnesses, years after proponents of the Affordable Care Act promised that better health coverage would divert people away from ERs, according state data and public health experts. State data show the opposite has happened: Emergency department visits, including th...
Tags: Health, News, Obama, California, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Orange County, Orange, Riverside County, San Diego County, ACA, Rhode Island, Usc

Administration challenges ACA’s preexisting conditions protection in court

The Trump administration is refusing to defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, essentially arguing that federal courts should find the health law's protection for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional.
Tags: Health, ACA, Trump

Illinois votes to eliminate inmates' doctor visit co-pays, equivalent to one month's wages

Illinois lawmakers have want to end inmates' co-payments of $5 for each prison doctor visit -- the equivalent of a month's wages in the prison's $0.05/hour and under workshops; in Oregon, they're contemplating creating a $3-5/visit co-pay.
Tags: Health, Post, News, Prison, Law, Oregon, Economics, Illinois, Inequality, ACA, Regressive Taxation, Carceral Nation

America is the world's first poor rich country

Americans' median income is $60,000 -- but the average American couldn't stump up $500 to bail themselves out of an emergency, and a third of Americans can't afford food, shelter and healthcare. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, News, America, Debt, Usausausa, ACA, Graeber, Neoliberalism, Rent Seeking, Late Stage Capitalism, Guillotine Watch, Maslow Vs Von Mises

Tell your parents: Trump is lying to them about Medicare

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, and the Medicare Rights Center have issued , the annual guide published by the federal government; the groups say that the Trump administration is lying to seniors in order to trick them into switching to privatized, HMO-run Medicare Advantage programs, away from the superior, publicly maintained Meidcare system. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, News, Medicare, ACA, Trumpism, Trump, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Rights Center, Stealing From Widows And Orphans, Center for Medicare Advocacy Justice

The skinny on skinny health insurance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), widely known as “Obamacare,” has survived several repeal attempts by Congress. Storm clouds, however, are still on the horizon. The ACA’s individual mandate obligates every American to be covered by comprehensive health insurance. This requirement has been the most unpopular feature of the law. That’s because healthy people, especially those who are self-employed or between jobs, have found the ACA premiums too expensive. They are not alone. Health insurance premiu...
Tags: Health, Policy, ACA, Public Health & Policy, Washington Watch, Congress Storm

ACA suggests simple stretches for gardeners to alleviate pain and stiffness

A warm-up and cool-down period is as important in gardening as it is for any other physical activity, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
Tags: Health, ACA

Americans have mixed feelings about the ACA’s future — but like their plans

Most Americans are happy with the insurance they buy on the individual market, yet those same people think the markets are collapsing before their eyes.
Tags: Health, ACA

Even insured Americans flock to Mexico for low-cost, high-quality health-care

American health care is so screwed up, so horribly distorted by the insurance companies' abusive practices, that millions of Americans (even those with insurance) fly to Mexico every year to get state-of-the-art medical care -- and a resort vacation in the bargain -- rather than face the US system, and save money by doing so. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, Business, News, Obamacare, Mexico, US, Usausausa, ACA, Universal Health Care, Trumpcare

Are physicians ready for single-payer health care?

Single payer health care is enjoying a boomlet in public opinion. A Pew Research Center poll released in June 2017 found that, “Overall, 33 percent of the public now favors such a ‘single payer’ approach to health insurance, up 5 percentage points since January and 12 points since 2014.”  58 percent of those surveyed by Pew said that the government has a responsibility to ensure health for all, with a third saying it should be through a single national government program and 25 percent through a...
Tags: Health, Australia, Policy, United States, Social Security, New Zealand, Pew, Medicare, Fda, ACA, Medicaid, Pew Research Center, Medicare Advantage, ACP, American College of Physicians, Kaiser Family Foundation

ACA’s popularity grows, even as GOP lauds change to requirement to have coverage

Despite President Donald Trump’s boasting that "we have essentially repealed Obamacare," a new poll shows the Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever. In fact, many people don't know Congress repealed the ACA's penalty for not having insurance.
Tags: Health, Obamacare, Congress, Gop, Donald Trump, ACA

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