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Category: Health Care Reform
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Column: GoodRx IPO shows there's a lot of money to be made from bewildering drug prices 17.9.2020 LA Times: Health

Santa Monica's GoodRx could go public next week. The company benefits from bringing some transparency to a dysfunctional drug market.

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Doctor Asks His Employer For A COVID-19 Test; It Cost $10,984 11.9.2020 Crooks Liars
ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get a freebie because he was a doctor for the chain. Instead, the free-standing emergency room charged his insurance company an astonishing $10,984 for the visit — and got paid every penny, with no pushback. The bill left him so dismayed he quit his job. And now, after ProPublica’s questions, the parent company of his insurer said the case is being investigated and could lead to repayment or a referral to law enforcement. The case is the latest to show how providers have sometimes charged exorbitant prices for visits for simple and inexpensive COVID-19 tests. ProPublica recently reported how a $175 COVID-19 test resulted in charges of $2,479 at a different free-standing ER in Texas. In that situation, the health plan said the payment for the ...
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A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984. 9.9.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get […]
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A Doctor Got Charged $10,984 for a COVID-19 Antibody Test — by His Own Employer 7.9.2020 Truthout.com
The case is the latest example of a provider charging an exorbitant price for test that costs about $8 to ...
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A Doctor went to his own employer for a COVID-19 antibody test. It cost $10,984. 5.9.2020 Raw Story
Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman’s insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8. Even more surprising: The insurer paid in full. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages […]
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Back to the Future: A damning timeline of Trump’s history of promising a health care plan that never comes 13.8.2020 Raw Story
Ever since he was a presidential candidate, President Donald Trump has been promising the American people a “terrific,” “phenomenal” and “fantastic” new health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. But, in the 3½ years since he set up shop in the Oval Office, he has yet to deliver. In his early days on […]
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Column: We all want lower drug prices. Why is that so hard to accomplish? 28.7.2020 LA Times: Business

President Trump's executive orders and a California bill on insulin prices highlight America's go-nowhere approach to healthcare reform.

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Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis of Energy Insecurity 5.7.2020 Truthout.com
With unpaid bills and energy shutoffs rising during the pandemic, we need to act now to avoid another health emergency.
With unpaid bills and energy shutoffs rising during the pandemic, we need to act now to avoid another health emergency.
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Bill to extend health insurance savings program with new fees on companies awaits Polis’ signature 24.6.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
It might seem counterintuitive to lower insurance costs through fees on insurance companies and hospitals, but what reinsurance does is remove some uncertainty.
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A world redrawn: Nobel winner Angus Deaton warns virus could worsen inequality 16.6.2020 Raw Story
The coronavirus outbreak has exposed existing inequalities but without reform, argues Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton, it also risks making them much worse. In an interview with AFP, the Scottish-born Princeton professor called for changes to the US healthcare system and the power of the country’s big tech firms. “Someone compared the pandemics to an […]
Polis blocking Colorado bill to require coverage of mental health exams 27.5.2020 Denver Post: Local
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is opposing a bipartisan bill that would require Colorado insurers to cover annual mental health wellness exams -- dimming sponsors' hopes that it can pass in what's left of the legislative session.
John Oliver Demands We Solve Pandemic With Universal Health Care, Prison Reform 13.4.2020 NewsBusters
HBO’s John Oliver isn’t going to let this crisis go to waste. The far-left host has used his last two programs to insist that the response to the pandemic is “universal health care,” prison reform and an end to the “dirt-stupid reporting” of “right-wing” network OAN. The Last Week Tonight host poses as a comedian, but he really just hates ...
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'View' Urges Biden, 'Listen to Bernie,' Use Pandemic to Push Universal Health Care 9.4.2020 NewsBusters
No sooner had Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, did the media rush to demand his socialist policy vision live on in the Democrat party. On Thursday’s The View, the hosts also passionately urged Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden to embrace Sanders’ proposals for universal health care, saying he “has to listen” to Bernie because he’s “been proven right” in this coronavirus ...
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Coronavirus boils 2020 election down to one question for Democrats: ‘Is Trump competent and sane?’ 31.3.2020 Raw Story
The coronavirus crisis has blown up the 2020 election strategies for both President Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals. The president so far has enjoyed a bump in his approval rating as an apparent result of his daily news conferences, which can sometimes spin out of control during live broadcasts but are then trimmed down […]
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Colorado teachers eager for more mental health resources to help students 15.3.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado lawmakers committed to making access to mental health resources a focus for the 2020 legislation session following the fatal STEM School shooting last May.
Trump’s got time and money and that ‘should scare us all’: former Obama campaign manager 15.3.2020 Raw Story
When I spoke to David Plouffe, the semi-legendary architect of Barack Obama’s victorious presidential campaign in 2008, it was the afternoon of March 3, Super Tuesday. So neither of us exactly knew that Joe Biden’s coast-to-coast wipeout was coming — although, re-reading this transcript, I’m forced to conclude Plouffe had a clearer idea than I […]
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Medicare for All Would Transform the Labor Market for the Better 14.3.2020 Truthout.com
Policymakers can implement universal health care in a way that prevents long-term job losses while creating "good" ...
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Sanders Says He Would Love to Debate Biden on Medicare for All 5.3.2020 Truthout.com
Sanders Says He Would Love to Debate Biden on Medicare for All
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Unions Fighting Single-Payer Are Fighting Against Their Workers’ Interests 3.3.2020 Truthout.com
Medicare for All would disrupt union contracts to turn health care from a bargaining chip into a ...
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Pramila Jayapal on the Historic Nature of Bernie’s Candidacy and the Inescapable Costs of Trump’s Presidency 28.2.2020 Mother Jones
Pramila Jayapal, the freshman Democratic congresswoman from Washington, dubbed a “rising star in the Democratic caucus” by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has been fighting for immigrants’ rights since waves of xenophobia swept the nation after 9/11, and is now one of Congress’s leading critics of President Donald Trump’s draconian immigration policies. Following a hectic few […]
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