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Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance 20.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups.
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Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation 19.11.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) In a time of deep political, social and economic uncertainty for everyone (except the ultra-rich), Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin provide some theoretical and practical guidance for the left. This Truthout interview is an effort to help reimagine a realistic social order in an age when the old order is dying but the new has yet to be born. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin discuss how the left can save the US from neoliberal excesses. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! We live in an age of illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide, massive inequality, ...
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Lt. Governor holds town hall in Duluth to discuss creating Minnesota's own "public option" 30.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper are in Duluth Monday for a town hall to discuss creating Minnesota's own "public option" for health insurance.
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Public Option vs. Medicare for All: The Coming Debate Over Health Care Justice 25.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act participate in a "Save Obamacare" rally in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2017. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images) A pair of centrist Democrats has offered a Medicare buy-in bill as an alternative to Medicare for All legislation in the House and Senate. While it's a sign of a leftward shift in the party, there is still much disagreement among progressives and policy experts as to whether these "public option" policies will be effective or lead to universal care. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act participate in a "Save Obamacare" rally in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2017. (Photo: Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images) Grassroots, not-for-profit news is rare -- and Truthout's very existence depends on donations from readers. Will you help us publish more stories like this one? Make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking here. Progressives have been largely united in 2017 with efforts to stop GOP health reform efforts. Should ...
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Imagining Our Way Beyond Neoliberalism: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin 24.10.2017 Truthout.com
Noam Chomsky speaks at a Ministry of Culture event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 12, 2015. (Photo: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina ) In a financialized economy, where power becomes concentrated among the economic and political elites, a dedicated and militant mass movement is needed to fight the scourge of neoliberalism, say world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. They call for a multi-pronged campaign to cut military spending, create a financial transaction tax, end "right to work" laws and push for single-payer health care. Noam Chomsky speaks at a Ministry of Culture event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 12, 2015. (Photo: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina ) This is part two of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin.  Read part one here . The next installment will appear on October 31. C.J. Polychroniou: Noam, racism, inequality, mass incarceration and gun violence are pathologies that ...
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Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance 19.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
It's because another of the health law's subsidies would go up for people with low-to-moderate incomes, offsetting President Trump's move.
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If Republicans kill this health-care bill, they’ll prove their cowardice 19.10.2017 Washington Post: Editorials
The biparistan compromise is a necessary step forward.
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Two swing-state Democrats offer middle ground on health care 16.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Michael F. Bennet (Colo.) and Tim Kaine (Va.) are proposing something less dramatic than single payer.
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The Graham-Cassidy Plan: Sweeping Changes In A Compressed Time Frame 22.9.2017 Health Affairs Blog
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have proposed a new plan for rolling back key provisions of the Affordable Care (ACA). It is possible that the Senate will vote on this plan in the coming days. The plan has many similarities to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) , which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assembled during June and July and which failed when considered in the Senate by a vote of 43 to 57 . The Graham-Cassidy plan is built on the premise that the federal government should remove itself from many of the difficult policy decisions concerning how health insurance is subsidized and regulated. Those decisions would be left to the states. A key provision of the plan replaces the ACA’s premium credits and funding for the Medicaid expansion with a new block grant which would provide substantial flexibility to the states to design entirely different ways of subsidizing and regulating health insurance in the individual market. Graham-Cassidy faces many challenges, not ...
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Republicans tweak Sanders over health care, but Cassidy-Graham could open a path for his bill 21.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The block-grant proposal at the center of Cassidy-Graham is astoundingly unpopular.
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Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw. 21.9.2017 Washington Post
Cassidy-Graham is attractive in theory. But it has a giant flaw.
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Single Payer 19.9.2017 Health Affairs Blog
There appears to be growing momentum on the left for a move toward single-payer health care. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared that while President Barack Obama took an important first step, “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently filed his single-payer legislation in the US Senate, with the support of 15 Democratic co-sponsors . A similar proposal has support from some Democrats in the US House of Representatives . In some cases, more progressive members of the party are targeting Democrats who do not openly support single payer. We are also seeing increasing public support for single-payer proposals. Does that mean that single payer is becoming a main tenet of the Democratic platform ? Probably not . Could a single-payer system be enacted in the current political climate? Absolutely not. Could we take some baby steps toward single payer in the not so distant future? Maybe. The Essence Of Single-Payer Health Care To break this down a ...
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Does Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan have a shot? 17.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, unveiled last week, is an ambitious and (to many) enticing idea: a single, government-run health plan with generous benefits for everyone — just like most industrialized countries have enjoyed for decades.

If only it were feasible in today’s United...

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Sanders's Bill Electrifies Growing Single-Payer Movement 14.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders hold signs on September 13, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, at an event held by Sanders to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) Bernie Sanders's bill, released yesterday, calls for a Medicare for All system that would cover every single American. An increasing number of voices -- in and out of Washington -- are seeing the wisdom of this reform. Will the Sanders bill be a turning point in the fight for health care justice? Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders hold signs on September 13, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, at an event held by Sanders to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) This piece is part of  Fighting for Our Lives: The Movement for Medicare for All , a Truthout original series. "It's been the summer of single-payer" --  RoseAnn DeMoro The release of Bernie Sanders'  Medicare for All Act  has injected a remarkable jolt of energy into a movement for health care ...
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Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill 14.9.2017 Health Affairs Blog
On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017 , intended to transition the American health care system to a single-payer system. In addition to the bill text, Senator Sanders released an executive summary , title summary , and white paper on financing options. The Act would establish the Universal Medicare Program (UMP) and, in doing so, make sweeping changes to the health care system. Once the UMP went into effect (for children, on January 1 of the first calendar year after the bill is enacted and three years later for adults), most benefits would no longer be available under the traditional Medicare program, the Medicaid program, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The bill would also end the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the TRICARE program, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces; it would prohibit the sale of private health insurance, employer-sponsored insurance, and retiree coverage if that ...
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Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan 13.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Like passengers leaping for a departing train, leading Democrats are scrambling to support single-payer health insurance, a system that would represent a huge expansion of government control over healthcare and which the party’s presidential nominee declared last year would “never, ever” come to...

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Analysis: Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single-payer health plan 13.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Democrats are rushing to embrace single payer. Can it be a political winner? 12.9.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Democrats are rushing to embrace single payer. Can it be a political winner?
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5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets 30.8.2017 NPR News
Lawmakers looking to stabilize the health insurance exchanges may consider a number of proposals — including pushing young adults off a parent's plan, or letting people buy into Medicare and Medicaid.
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Making The Exchanges More Competitive By Bringing Medicare Into The Fold 9.8.2017 Health Affairs Blog
With the GOP repeal drive on hold, members of Congress from both parties have declared that they want to shore up the health exchanges. One of the top priorities is increasing competition among insurers. Boosting the number of plans within the exchanges not only would increase options for consumers; it would also reduce the risk an exchange could end up with no plans at all. Perhaps most important, it would likely lead to lower premiums as plans competed to attract enrollees. Yet in many counties, there’s little chance additional private plans will enter the exchanges. In what is a highly consolidated industry, some of the dominant insurers have scaled back their involvement or left the market entirely. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation , 70 percent of the 2,194 counties in the United States have fewer than three health insurers participating in the individual health insurance exchanges. The New York Times projects that in 2018, 45 counties will have no insurers participating in the exchanges, ...
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