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Public Option Would Fix Health Insurance Marketplace 24.8.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/CQ Roll Call) Protesters march in support of health-care reform on March 9, 2010, in Washington, D.C. L ast week's announcement by Aetna that it would stop selling health insurance in 11 of the 15 states where it offers coverage through public exchanges is not a death blow to the Affordable Care Act, but it’s certainly not good news for President Obama’s signature health-care law. Aetna maintained it was losing hundreds of millions of dollars on the health law’s marketplaces, and the company is one of more than a dozen major insurers that have announced plans to bail out of the exchanges. The failure of the marketplaces to generate robust competition, as Obama had predicted, should focus liberal attention on what many on the left now regard as a major policy objective: establishing a public option for the health insurance exchanges. The Affordable Care Act has been a substantial success on balance, but it also has serious flaws. On the plus side, roughly 20 million people have health insurance ...
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Democrats, don't shoot yourselves in the foot on healthcare reform 18.8.2016 Daily Kos
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has been a hero on gun violence. He's been a solid progressive voice and vote in the Senate and an asset. So he should not be saying things like this : “The public option was a good idea in 2009, and it’s a still a good idea today. [But] I don’t know that the politics have changed at all on it,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a top ObamaCare advocate, said by phone Wednesday. Particularly after this: Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his former rival in the Democratic presidential primary, have touted the public option on the campaign trail, with Clinton mentioning it in a speech as recently as Thursday. Last month, President Obama also urged Congress to “revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers” to help boost competition. With Democrats having a real shot of winning back the Senate this fall, Sanders and other public option supporters are making their move. Here's a reminder about how much a united progressive narrative matters: just five years ago President ...
Aetna decision to pull back from Obamacare exchanges exposes weaknesses in health-care law 17.8.2016 Washington Post
Large insurers are losing money in marketplaces, and addressing problem could lead to fight in Congress.
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For French Teens, Smoking Still Has More Allure Than Stigma 15.8.2016 NPR: Morning Edition
French teens smoke at a much higher rate than their American counterparts. The French health minister is trying to remove the glamour and raise the price.
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New “gap map” scores Colorado counties on helping the needy get food, health care 10.8.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado’s national reputation for helping the needy contradicts itself -- the state is exemplary in enrolling people in government health insurance and abysmal at making sure they have food assistance. A new six-month project from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy breaks those statistics down by county on an interactive website that includes data on enrollment in several government programs, including child-care assistance and nutrition for pregnant women and young children.
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It's time for the government to play hardball with reluctant Obamacare insurers 10.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It’s easily forgotten that Congress and the Obama Administration did the health insurance industry an enormous favor in enacting the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

Several favors, in fact. They placed commercial insurers at the center of Obamacare, giving them most of the responsibility for covering...

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The Party Platform Democrats Won't Stand On 31.7.2016 Truthout.com
Cameras in the Wells Fargo Center for day three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016. (Photo: Eric Thayer / The New York Times) "Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process -- many for the first time -- we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." These were the triumphant words of Bernie Sanders as he prepared to endorse the candidate who beat him, Hillary Clinton, for president. The Democrats' platform, passed early on at the party's convention in Philadelphia, has been held up as the most tangible evidence that the Sanders campaign had an impact on the party, despite the hostility of its established leadership. But a closer look reveals that the 2016 platform is far less progressive than Sanders delegates argued for. For example, the platform calls climate change an "urgent threat" and proposes that the U.S. should be powered by 100 percent clean energy by 2050. But every one of ...
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Only the sickest Coloradans on Medicaid get breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C 29.7.2016 Denver Post: Local
Pressure for change is increasing against the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which has restricted access to a breakthrough hepatitis C drug due to its cost. State officials say they must balance the public health issue with the taxpayer expense of paying the prescriptions of the more than 8,000 people with hepatitis C on the government insurance system.
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How much is just enough? 28.7.2016 Le Monde Diplomatique

The basic income — paid to all, and for life — is now a fashionable idea across Europe. But would it supplement welfare or replace it? Olli Kangas, a director at Finland's social insurance body, Kela , says: ‘To talk about a basic income without being specific is like talking about getting a kitten without saying whether you mean a cat or a tiger.' Over the last few months, the idea has been gaining traction in Europe and beyond, and those who advocated it early on are surprised to see the many (...)

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Hospital CEO says health care system broken, favors Medicare for all 16.7.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for a single-payer "Medicare for all" health system during his presidential campaign didn't have a lot fans, even among fellow Democrats. But Bill Kottmann, president and CEO of Edward Hospital in Naperville, is sympathetic to the idea. Kottmann said the current ...
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ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market 15.7.2016 Outside the Beltway
We're further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.
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With a push from Bernie, Hillary lurches to the left of Obama 14.7.2016 The Moderate Voice
In a presidential election year unlike any other, featuring two controversial candidates who present strong personalities and evoke strong opinions from the public, we may see yet another remarkable deviation from traditional campaign politics. Party platforms typically have no impact on campaign trends once the party conventions are over. But this is 2016 and we ...
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Sanders Cites Dem Platform, Public Option as Basis for Endorsing Clinton 13.7.2016 Truthout.com
Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign event at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on July 12, 2016. (Doug Mills / The New York Times) The rivals for the Democratic nomination put the race behind them on Tuesday, and appeared together on stage in New Hampshire where Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. Sanders noted a "significant coming together" between the two campaigns in recent weeks, which have seen both Clinton and the Democratic establishment methodically tack to the left while drafting the party's platform. "We produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party," Sanders told the crowd. "Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House, and a Hillary Clinton president -- and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen." Although the drafting committee over the weekend voted down an amendment offered by Sanders' ...
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President Obama endorses a public option in expanding Obamacare 12.7.2016 Daily Kos
President Barack Obama can add a new "first" to his résumé. He's the first sitting president to become an author published in the most prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. Writing for JAMA, the president outlines the accomplishments of Obamacare, and calls for more reform. He endorses an idea once more gaining steam with the support of Hillary Clinton: a public option in Obamacare exchanges. I am proud of the policy changes in the ACA and the progress that has been made toward a more affordable, high-quality, and accessible health care system. Despite this progress, too many Americans still strain to pay for their physician visits and prescriptions, cover their deductibles, or pay their monthly insurance bills; struggle to navigate a complex, sometimes bewildering system; and remain uninsured. More work to reform the health care system is necessary, with some suggestions offered below. Those suggestions include "further adjustments and recalibrations" to "the law's coverage ...
Obama Renews Call For A 'Public Option' In Federal Health Law 12.7.2016 NPR: Healthcare
The president made the proposal as part of a comprehensive look at the Affordable Care Act's legacy in an article under his byline in JAMA, the top journal of the American Medical Association.
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Sanders secures health-care promises from Clinton before expected endorsement 10.7.2016 Washington Post
Sanders secures health-care promises from Clinton before expected endorsement
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What Is Hillary Clinton’s Agenda? 20.6.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  It is misleading, some observers have rightly pointed out, to treat the 2016 election as a contest between two candidates who are equally serious about policy. Donald Trump has been on both sides of many issues, contradicting himself from one day to the next. On occasion, he has given a speech written by advisers on a subject like energy where he seemed as surprised by the text as the audience was.  He has a core of symbolically important positions on such issues as immigration, but otherwise his views are murky. Much of what he says about foreign or domestic problems is all impulse and no thought, so when his impulse momentarily changes, his positions change too. For Hillary Clinton, however, substance actually does matter. Her seriousness defines her. We have not reached the stage of gender equality when a woman candidate for president could get away with being as subject to changing moods and personal pique as Trump is. While no one ...
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For Dems, a stepping stone to common ground on health care 20.6.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan seems even less likely now that he's all but out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but there's a way that he and Hillary Clinton could still find common ground on government-sponsored health care....
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The World’s Greatest Health Care Plan 17.6.2016 Health Affairs Blog
Wherever we look around the world today, we almost always find that normal market processes have been systematically suppressed in health care. As a rule, no one ever sees a real price for any medical service. No patient. No doctor. No employer. No employee. Further, we have not replaced the price system with an alternative that would allow people to make rational health care choices. As a consequence, in virtually every health care system in the world, people face perverse incentives. When they act on those incentives, they do things that make costs higher, quality lower, and access to care more difficult than otherwise would have been the case. In the United States, federal policies are a key source of many of these problems. Coming to the rescue is a remarkable health plan, introduced by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), who, as Chairmen of the Rules Committee, is thought to be the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives, and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is probably the most ...
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Blue Cross parent loses members in individual market 19.5.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Enrollment in individual health care plans, now dominated by the Affordable Care Act exchanges, fell 15.4 percent in the first quarter for the parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. At the end of March, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp. had 1.39 million individual members, ...
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