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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

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

New York hospitals illegally billed rape survivors for their rape kits, then sent debt-collectors after them

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood has concluded that seven New York hospitals illegally billed rape survivors for their rape kits, at least 200 times, for sums ranging from $46 to $3,000, and then sent collections agents after survivors who could not pay. New York law requires hospitals to bill the state's Office of Victim Services for rape kits; in addition to ensuring that rape kits are available regardless of ability to pay, the rule clears an impediment to reporting rape...
Tags: Health, Post, New York, News, Debt, Arkansas, Alaska, Columbia University, Rape Culture, Graeber, James, Underwood, Eric Schneiderman, Letitia James, Richmond University Medical Center, Late Stage Capitalism

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

The dialysis industry just set a campaign spending record to fight California limits on pricing

At $111,000,000, the California dialysis industry's campaign spending against Prop 8 (which caps the price of outpatient dialysis) is now the most expensive in US history. Obviously, the dialysis industry is really in trouble, if all it can scrape up is $111 mil. “These clinics are routinely understaffed, leaving patients at risk,” claimed Yes on 8 spokesperson Sean Wherley. The Yes on 8 campaign believes that the measure would not only rein in dialysis costs (which can run as high as ...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, Corruption, News, California, US, Citizens United, Fairbanks, David Dayen, Davita, Late Stage Capitalism, Fresenius, Medicare For All, Sean Wherley, Kathy Fairbanks

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

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

ACA isn't enough: single-payer is a feminist issue

Any health-care system that depends on employers or wages is going to privilege the people with the highest-paid jobs (men) and take away power from people who do the bulk of unwaged work (women). (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, Gender, News, Labor, Class War, ACA, Bernie Sanders, Single Payer, Medicare For All

Bio Roundup: Phase 3 Fails, Shkreli Jailed, Moderna Flip-Flops & More

It was a week of realignments. President Trump, who used to be known as “The Donald” but now goes by “Amnesty Don,” kept up the parlay-voo with his new friends Chuck and Nancy. Martin Shkreli, who was once known—and still is!—as the “pharma bro,” will have a new perspective for a while, through the bars of a jail cell. In Cambridge, MA, Moderna Therapeutics promised more clinical data as it reasserts central control over its drug R&D. A pair of industry-critic doctors tried to shift persp...
Tags: Chuck, Layoffs, Obamacare, Congress, Senate, Study, Failure, Digital, Trends, Vc, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Hillary Clinton, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Affordable Care Act

With the collapse of Trumpcare, Sanders wants Medicare-For-All

The humiliating inability of Republicans to legislate even when they control the Presidency, House and Senate has emboldened the left wing of the Democratic party, led by Bernie Sanders, to push to replace Obamacare (designed by the Heritage Foundation and first trialled by Mitt Romney) with "Medicare-For-All," a state run, universal healthcare system that will end the out-of-control transfer of tax funds to insurance companies and the bonanza for Big Pharma. (more…)
Tags: Health, Post, News, Senate, Democrats, Mitt Romney, ACA, Bernie Sanders, Uspoli, Democratic Party, Big Pharma, Heritage Foundation, Medicare For All, Tumpcare, Trumpcare Sanders, Presidency House

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