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Gianforte’s victory in Montana reflects rising tribalism in American politics 26.5.2017 Washington Post
After Greg Gianforte's comfortable six-point victory in a special congressional election, Republican congressional leaders are making clear there will be no meaningful consequences for his behavior.
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Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat 24.5.2017 AP National
WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall....
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Why Market Logic Can't Solve the US Health Care Crisis 15.5.2017 Truthout.com
The ongoing debates over health care all seem focused on the high cost of insurance and coverage mandates but hardly ever on the cost of medical care itself. The US's profit-driven "free-market" model has created expensive inefficiencies in the system and led to tremendous abuses of consumers, which ultimately is reflected in the cost of our health insurance. (Photo: Sasint ; Edited: LW / TO) The ongoing controversy over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) -- the GOP's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act -- highlights a fundamental disconnect in ideas about how involved the government should be in our health care. A striking omission in these debates is the cost of health care itself. There is considerable silence on how much Americans pay, while there is considerable noise from policy makers on health insurance costs and coverage mandates. Insurance costs are a reflection of the costs of medical care, so addressing insurance costs alone is an exercise in futility. The US health care system ...
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Taxing Drug Price Spikes: Assessing The Potential Impact 12.5.2017 Health Affairs Blog
101.14% 148.83% Similar to the annual price spike tax, revenues arising from a cumulative price increase above inflation but below the first compounded percentage (shown in the table above) are taxed at 50 percent; 75 percent for a price increase between the first and second compounded percentage; and 100 percent for a price increase above the second compounded percentage. Prior to enforcement of the tax, manufacturers would be allowed to deduct the amount of the taxable price spike revenue, as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Inspector General, that is due solely to an increase in the cost of goods necessary for the drug’s manufacture. Failure to submit the necessary information on prices and revenues would result in a civil penalty equal to between 0.5 percent and 1.0 percent of gross revenues per day of delay. The bill would authorize Congress to appropriate tax revenues that are collected to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and to fund research on the ...
Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years 10.5.2017 Washington Post: World
Australia’s government announced Tuesday plans for major infrastructure spending including a new Sydney airport and an inland railway linking two major cities, while sticking to its goal of restoring a budget surplus in three years through higher taxes.
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Australia plans major spending plus surplus in 3 years 10.5.2017 AP Business
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's government announced Tuesday plans for major infrastructure spending including a new Sydney airport and an inland railway linking two major cities, while sticking to its goal of restoring a budget surplus in three years through higher taxes....
'This Was a Colossal Screw-Up': A Close Look At A Case Dismissed For Misconduct 6.5.2017 NPR News
Only a tiny fraction of federal prosecutions are thrown out because a judge finds evidence of government misconduct. Pharmacist Reddy Annappareddy's is one of them.
Lawmakers seal deal on $1T plan government-wide funding bill 1.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs. Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It was expected to be made public Sunday night. The catchall spend... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Gov. Jerry Brown warns labor members of Republican public works plans that might 'enrich Wall Street' 25.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Catherine Rampell: The growing appeal of 'Medicare for all' 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Despite the rise of the tea party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care. And it’s no wonder, given that a record-high share of the population receives government-provided health insurance. As a country, we’ve long since acquiesced to the idea that Uncle Sam should give insurance to the elderly, veterans, people with disabilities, poor adults, poor kids, pregnant women and the lower middle class. Many American... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Trump Is Playing Chicken With Millions of Health Plans. The Result Might Be a Government Shutdown. 18.4.2017 Mother Jones
Members of Congress are home in their districts until next week, but when they come back to town they'll be facing an imminent government shutdown—unless they manage to pass last-minute legislation to keep federal programs funded. A shutdown now appears a little more likely thanks to some gamesmanship from President Donald Trump over Obamacare that prompted Democrats to issue threats of their own last week. The showdown involves an Obamacare program know as "cost sharing reduction," which requires insurance companies to offer discounted copayments and deductibles to low-income people who buy health plans on the individual market. In return, the federal government makes payments to compensate insurers for this expense. Last week, Trump threatened to stop making these payments to insurers—a move that could lead to massive price spikes for millions of people and cause insurers to flee from the individual marketplaces. By issuing the threat, Trump was attempting to scare Democrats into agreeing to repeal ...
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Sorry, Republicans, but most people support single-payer health care 18.4.2017 Washington Post
Sorry, Republicans, but most people support single-payer health care
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Putting Single-Payer Back on the Table 11.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Millions of people breathed a sigh of relief when Donald Trump and his Republican cronies failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with their disastrous and deeply unpopular American Health Care Act. The victory has been made sweeter by the revival of public discussion and debate on the reform we actually need: single-payer health care. Nurses take to the streets for single-payer health care in California. (Photo: Healthy California | Facebook ) Millions of people breathed a sigh of relief when Donald Trump and his Republican cronies failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed by Barack Obama in 2010 and replace it with their disastrous and deeply unpopular American Health Care Act (ACHA). The victory has been made sweeter by the revival of public discussion and debate on the reform we actually need: single-payer health care, rather than the compromised ACA. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is currently the most popular politician in the country , has announced his ...
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The three ironclad laws of universal health care 9.4.2017 Daily Kos
Economics, the textbooks say , is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. The economics of health care is certainly no exception. Given the competing and often contradictory demands across its ecosystem of patients, employers, physicians, drug stores, pharmaceutical firms, device manufacturers, clinics, hospitals, insurers, and government, the economics of health care might more accurately be described as the allocation of pain. In the face of the infinite “wants” for healthy citizens, financially secure families, well-compensated practitioners, and strong profits for private companies of all stripes, societies must choose how and why to distribute discomfort and dissatisfaction to some or all of the constituents. But that “why” isn’t so much a question of the “ dismal science ” as one of national values . And in the United States, virtually alone among major modern economies since World War II, the paramount, if often unstated, value has been an especially narrow notion of “freedom.” Freedom, ...
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Neoliberalism in the Driver's Seat: Trump and Ryan's Ruling-Class Schemes 6.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
House Speaker Paul Ryan looks on as President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 28, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times) Trump's economic plan is designed to enhance the wealth of the rich and cause havoc to the environment, while his authoritarian policies open the door to fascism, argues economist Michael Meeropol. As we resist the worst of his proposals, we must also continue to expose neoliberalism and demand real change. House Speaker Paul Ryan looks on as President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 28, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times) Donald Trump ran a campaign to "make America great again," promising the creation of high-paid manufacturing jobs and the restoration of the middle class. Yet, his economic policies will most likely make things worse for average American workers and deal a further blow to the environment, says economist Michael Meeropol, an NPR ...
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Republicans couldn't kill Obamacare. That's the genius of its design. 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Programs that serve people are politically resilient, which gives us clues about the future of health-care policy.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders Will Introduce "Medicare for All" Bill 27.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, March 15, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) You'll never read "sponsored content" or "advertorial" stories at Truthout. That's because we’re powered by readers: Donate today to keep our work going! While intra-party disagreement among Republicans and a nationwide grassroots effort to stop the cruel and unpopular healthcare reform bill known as Trumpcare undoubtedly fueled its collapse on Friday , Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday morning made it quite clear that Democrats not cooperating with Donald Trump and the GOP's regressive agenda is not the problem that needs addressing on Capitol Hill. "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa," Sanders told CNN's Dana Bash during an interview when she asked if he would reach across the aisle to Republicans and tell Democrats to "stop being intransigent" with Trump and the Republicans on healthcare. Cutting off Bash with a smile, Sanders said, ...
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With AHCA defeat, some Democrats see chance to push for universal coverage 27.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Liberal activists see a chance to push for universal coverage — and to sell it to Trump voters, who may be less wedded to the ideological arguments against a single-payer system.
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Issue analysis wrap-up: TrumpCare implosion 26.3.2017 The Moderate Voice
The best stories/analysis on Friday's Beltway implosion ... the on-again, off-again vote on #TrumpCare (AKA repeal of ObamaCare). ...
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Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors' Long-Term Health Benefits 23.3.2017 NPR News
Caps in the GOP health plan have huge implications for people over 65. In addition to helping low-income seniors with long-term care, Medicaid helps pay for some of their Medicare premiums and copays.
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