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John Stossel Uses Lung Cancer Diagnosis To Rain Haterade On US Health Care System 21.4.2016 Crooks Liars
Fox News small government evangelist John Stossel has lung cancer. He revealed it in a post on the Fox News website earlier today, but not without taking a few paragraphs to slam the very fine health care workers in the very fine facility where he is recovering. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. Fox News has some stellar benefits, from what I hear. So glad to know you're getting the very best care possible, Mr. Stossel. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give out their email address. Patients can't communicate using modern technology. I get X-rays, EKG tests, echocardiograms, blood tests. Are all needed? I ...
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Myanmar parliament approves government formation plan 21.3.2016 New Kerala: World News
Nay Pyi Taw, March 21 : The Myanmar parliament on Monday approved President-elect U Htin Kyaw's plan of forming a new government with reduced ministries.
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Myanmar president-elect submits government formation plan 17.3.2016 New Kerala: World News
Nay Pyi Taw, March 17 : Myanmar's president-elect U Htin Kyaw on Thursday submitted to the a proposal plan of forming the new government to the Union Parliament, as part of the process in preparation for taking office.
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Obama administration proposes new effort to combat high drug prices 9.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Facing skyrocketing drug prices, the Obama administration is proposing potentially major changes in how Medicare pays for some medications, including high-priced specialty drugs used to treat cancer and other costly diseases.

The proposed regulations, unveiled Tuesday, would initially affect a...

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Today’s Medicare Is Built On 50 Years Of Robust Compromise. Now What? 8.3.2016 Health Affairs Blog
If the Presidential race is any guide, many Americans do not like “politicians.” Weak-kneed and compromised by campaign contributions, “politicians” imperil our virtuous Republic. Or so we are told by ideologues on the Right and Left and by a distressing number of citizens whose interest in politics is but a quadrennial event. “Compromised.” A troubling word. Yet our system of government, with its divided powers, cannot function without “compromise” among competing interests and philosophies. Can we “compromise” without being “compromised”? Yes, and the resulting hybrid may even be superior to ideologically pure alternatives. Single Payer Is Not ‘Medicare For All’ Health care has been a political battleground for decades but especially in the last half-dozen years. Because the issues are complex and hit close to home, politicians, and assorted parties in interest, have little difficulty stoking voter fears. Obfuscation and distortion are all too common. Even without intentional obfuscation and ...
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'Beautiful' or basic? Donald Trump's healthcare plan includes little that's new 3.3.2016 LA Times: Nation

Donald Trump has at various times promised a healthcare plan that would be “beautiful,” “terrific” and “unbelievable.”

But the healthcare outline his campaign released Wednesday mostly highlights standard, if vague, Republican proposals, several of which conservatives themselves say will have little...

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The Larger Problems of the Sanders Single Payer Plan 29.2.2016 American Prospect
This is a contribution to  Prospect Debate: The Cost of Sanders's Single-Payer Health Plan .  Think about what a single-payer health plan means. The federal government pays for all health care for everyone. The pleasant thought is that all of your health expenses are being paid for. The unpleasant thought is that since all those expenses come out of the federal budget, your health care now depends on the decisions of Congress and the president. And an even more unpleasant thought—at least for progressives who may be inclined to support single-payer—is that people with progressive values will not always be in charge in Washington and therefore wouldn’t always be making those decisions. In “ The False Lure of the Sanders Single-Payer Plan,” I raised a series of objections to Sanders’s proposal. Responding from the Sanders camp, Gerald Friedman devotes all his attention to one aspect of my criticism: the cost estimates by Kenneth Thorpe that I cited. Joining in the debate, Thorpe has now shown again in ...
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: We'll miss you, Harry Reid. It's all about SCOTUS 25.2.2016 Daily Kos
Romney hits Rubio, Cruz, Trump on Fox over not releasing taxes. On Trump: "We have good reason to believe there's a bombshell..." — Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) February 24, 2016 x This is basically what Harry Reid did to Romney in 2012. Romney learned from the best. https://t.co/srUxTRzk4X — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 24, 2016  David S. Bernstein on the Gov. Sandoval trial balloon for SCOTUS: Anyway, here’s what I assume is happening. White House leaks Sandoval for SCOTUS. Media will rush to every Republican Senator who has said they won’t even consider a SCOTUS nominee this year, and ask if they would consider Sandoval.   If some of them say yes they would, then they expose themselves as blocking the nomination not out of principle regarding the lame-duck President, but because they will only consider a Republican nominee. That ramps up the political pressure, just as Obama announces his real nominee.   If (more likely), the Republican Senators are smart enough to see through this, they will ...
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Health insurance in China 25.2.2016 Healthcare Economist
Although China has the world’s largest economy, the average individual is actually fairly poor.  Average incomes in the country are less than $15,000 per year, ranking #121 in the world.  However, a vast majority of Chinese have health insurance due to some recent reforms. A paper by Zhang et al. (2016) uses data from the 2011-2012 China […]
Feds want proof for ACA exchange special enrollment windows 25.2.2016 AP Business
The federal government is tightening loopholes that let customers on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges buy coverage outside the law's annual enrollment window....
Universal Health Care Becomes A Presidential Campaign Issue 24.2.2016 Think Progres

"For progressives, it’s an important step."

The post Universal Health Care Becomes A Presidential Campaign Issue appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Der Furor takes Nevada, Hillary brings back public option 24.2.2016 Daily Kos
A little early for pundits to weigh in on Trump’s win in Nevada. We’ll have that tomorrow. x — Susan J. Demas (@sjdemas) February 24, 2016 x Not enough ballots for some No checking voter IDs A poll worker wearing pro-Trump swag These allegations about #Nevadacaucus are just wow — Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 24, 2016 x — Walter Shapiro (@MrWalterShapiro) February 24, 2016 As you know, we have had some great discussion on health care options. Bernie is pushing Hillary hard, her response is an interesting incrementalist state-based public option (suck on it,  Joe Lieberman, wherever you are). That this is now on the table (warts and all) is a terrific development. Clinton revives support for health care 'public option'  (Politico, which broke the story): Hillary Clinton wants to bring back the public option, offering a competing vision to Bernie Sanders’ support for a more progressive health care system. Clinton's campaign has updated its website to note her continued support for the government-run ...
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Hillary Clinton reveals her plan to revise--not repeal or replace--Obamacare 24.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

 

Since presidential candidate Hillary Clinton quietly updated the healthcare policy page on her campaign website over the last few days, most commentators have focused on the especially notable paragraphs stating that she will "continue to support a 'public option' — and work to build on the Affordable...

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In Freddie Gray's Baltimore, The Best Medical Care Is Nearby But Elusive 15.2.2016 NPR: Healthcare
The death of Freddie Gray highlighted distrust between Baltimore's African-American community and the police. There's also a divide between impoverished neighborhoods and the city's health system.
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Live Democratic debate updates: Watch Clinton and Sanders debate 12.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
More from Trail Guide Feb. 10 Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie end presidential bids Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary results: Trump and Sanders win easily, Kasich places 2nd, Rubio admits debate hurt him Feb. 8 Candidates make final appeals as New Hampshire primary nears Feb. 7 Donald Trump is ...
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Decoupling Myths About Employment And Health Insurance 8.2.2016 Health Affairs Blog
Health Affairs recently published an article that studied whether a link exists between Medicaid expansion and employment status. Despite predictions that new eligibility for public health insurance would lead low-income Americans to work less or not at all, authors Angshuman Gooptu, Asako Moriya, Kosali Simon, and Benjamin Sommers found that expanding Medicaid has had no appreciable effect on employment. This finding is significant for at least two reasons. First, the oft-stated fear that increased government benefits will negatively impact employment appears to be unfounded. And second, it begs the question, why should employment changes or job reductions have anything to do with health insurance in the first place? The Myth Of Self-Reliance And Medicaid Anxieties that government support leads to dependency are nothing new; they are part of our history as a country and can be traced to the Elizabethan Poor Laws . The myth of self-reliance is an integral part of American culture. Historically, it ...
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Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave 4.2.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
To reduce the number of foreign workers, some of those making less than $50,000 won't qualify to stay in Britain beyond April. Critics say the deal would cause labor shortages.
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The "State" of Health-Care Reform: Activists Push for Universal Primary Care in Vermont 3.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout )When Vermont's plan for a public, universal health-care system died in late 2014 it was a major blow to single-payer activists everywhere. Conservatives tap-danced on the proposal's grave, and wrongly claimed that its death was proof that single-payer could never work. Progressives were put on the defensive, dealing with the pain of losing an extended, promising battle, plus an influx of even more misinformation about the economics of public health care. The woeful state of health care in the United States, however, has kept the dream of joining the rest of the developed world in having universal public health care alive as an urgent priority for activists in Vermont and elsewhere. And so, advocates of health-care justice in Vermont, not inclined to disengage from the process, have advanced a new proposal: statewide "universal primary care." The plan would offer primary care - including some mental health and substance abuse treatment - to every single Vermonter ...
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Insurer Aetna lays out concerns about ACA exchange business 2.2.2016 AP Business
Aetna has joined other major health insurers in sounding a warning about the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges....
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The two certainties of health care reform 1.2.2016 Daily Kos
As Iowans prepare to caucus on February 1, a battle royal is playing out in each political party. But while Republicans argue over Donald Trump's conservative credentials and Ted Cruz's temperament, Democrats are having a heated debate over actual public policy. At its heart is the future of health care reform in the United States and which alternative—the "evolutionary" incrementalism of the "pragmatic" Hillary Clinton, or the single-payer "revolution" of the "idealistic" Bernie Sanders—offers the best path forward both on the merits and on the politics. And as the Iowa vote approaches, the wonk wars among academics , analysts and pundits have produced a surprising amount of ill will between the rival camps . In response, here’s a simple plea to all those of good faith, regardless of the candidate they support: Keep your eyes on the prize. Six years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, that prize remains health care that is universal, continuous and more affordable. Despite the indisputable ...
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