User: newstrust Topic: Health Care
Category: Public Option
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Valuing Medicaid 27.7.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Christian K. Lee In this Monday, July 13, 2015 photo Earl Charles Williams Sr., 59, sits next to some of the medication he must take for his diabetes in his Chicago home. Williams was uninsured for about a year before a county-run clinic helped him sign up for care under the Affordable Care Act. July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, the two essential pillars of public health insurance in America. Medicare, for all of its shortcomings and enormous costs, has become politically unassailable—as dear to Tea Party Republicans as it is to single-payer Democrats. Medicaid has also steadily grown. Including the closely related Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid now covers more than 70 million people. Yet it has never attained the same popularity or political security as Medicare or shed the stigma of “welfare medicine” that it acquired at its founding. Whatever happens in next year’s presidential election, Medicaid will be the center of a great political fight. If the ...
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Right-To-Try Laws Fulfill The Constitution’s Promise Of Individual Liberty 14.7.2015 Health Affairs Blog
Under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lengthy approval process, it takes over a decade and a billion dollars for new medicines to get to market. In the meantime, Americans who have exhausted all government-approved options may die waiting for access to these new potentially lifesaving treatments. Often, Americans are denied access to the same medicines that are already helping patients overseas, even though many of those treatments were developed or produced in the United States. For example, Lutetium-177 has been shown in clinical trials to significantly slow the growth of neuroendocrine cancer. It is inexcusable that the drug, produced in Missouri and readied in Texas, is only available to Texans if they are lucky enough to be in a clinical trial or if they can travel to Europe where the treatment is widely available. Beyond the Washington impasse, there is hope in the states. Right to Try—now law in 21 states—allows the terminally ill to try investigational medications that have passed FDA ...
As health insurers merge, consumers' premiums are likely to rise 10.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As leading health insurers scramble for market share through a series of multibillion-dollar mergers, consumers are no doubt wondering if their premiums are bound to skyrocket.
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New ACA Lie: 'It Will Collapse Under Its Own Weight' 29.6.2015 Crooks Liars
As Paul Ryan demonstrated during his appearance on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, conservatives are just about out of ACA talking points now. We've gone from death panels, to "government-run healthcare," to "it's illegal because a word is out of place," to....nothing. We begin with the tired and false "repeal and replace" call: I'm as motivated as ever before to repeal and replace this law, and that's what we're working on. What I really worry about, John, with this ruling is the grave injustice it does to the rule of law. I mean, so much for calling balls and strikes. I think Justice Roberts is now counting foul balls as home runs. And, look, I think that they have done a great disservice to the country, because they're rewriting laws at the bench. We had three constructionists on the court, when we should have had five. And, so, yes, I'm very shocked at this ruling, but it does not deter us from actually delivering on what we really want, which is affordable care for everybody, and let people choose what ...
Labour's Andy Burnham suggests he might back further welfare cuts 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Leadership favourite tells business figures he wants counter perception party is ‘soft on people who want something for nothing’ and doesn’t celebrate enterpise

Labour leadership favourite Andy Burnham has indicated he would support further welfare cuts, including government plans for a £23,000 cap on benefits if it has adequate safeguards.

At a speech in London, the shadow health secretary said he wanted to counter the perception his party wants to give “an easy ride” to people who do not want to help themselves.

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Aspen-area poor having trouble with accessing health care 25.5.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
About 4,500 county residents in the Aspen area live at or below the federal poverty level, and Pitkin County health officials are trying to find options to help the area's low-income families receive the care they need because many doctors are not accepting public health insurance.
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Liberals have a new manifesto for fighting inequality, and it’s very liberal 12.5.2015 Ezra Klein
Joseph Stiglitz and a team of his fellow economists have a new plan to reduce inequality, grow the middle class and get the U.S. economy to work better for working people. It is firmly rooted in the conviction that more government can solve most of America's economic challenges. It is a plan seemingly designed to rally ...
Obama stares down a filibuster — from Democrats 12.5.2015 Ezra Klein
The Senate is scheduled to take an important procedural vote on President Obama's free-trade initiative in the Pacific Tuesday, and it looks as though his party is abandoning him. Most Democrats and a few Republicans might join together to mount a filibuster. The bill would restrict lawmakers to taking an up-or-down vote on the free-trade ...
Renegotiating Retiree Health Care Plans After New Supreme Court Guidance 7.5.2015 Health Affairs Blog


Few commentators have focused on the huge underfunding of retiree health care plans of states and cities. The US Supreme Court recently set forth principles of contract interpretation that will lead local governments and public unions to reach explicit agreements on the scope of such plans.
The Inhuman Failure of ‘Austerity’ 5.5.2015
The Inhuman Failure of ‘Austerity’
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A government shutdown over health care? 29.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There are only a few weeks left in the Minnesota legislative session, and this would be a good time to ask a question: Is eliminating health care for working Minnesotans worth shutting down state government?
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Insurers Backed Obamacare, Then Undermined It. Now They're Profiting From It 22.4.2015 Crooks Liars
Anyone who still thinks the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover of health care” should consider this headline from the news pages of last Thursday’s Investor’s Business Daily: UnitedHealth Profit Soars On Obamacare, Optum —April 16, 2015 That’s from a Wall Street publication whose editorial writers have rarely missed an opportunity to bash the health care reform law. Here are a few other headlines, these from IBD’s editorial page, just since the first of this ...
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Mom's push to help poor kids with autism brings new federal benefits 2.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The Medical Assistance benefits will expand access to a broad range of one-on-one therapies.
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Feds approve new benefits for Minnesota's autistic children 2.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The Medical Assistance benefits will expand access to a broad range of one-on-one therapies. By Chris Serres
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Eligibility for public programs not properly checked, state review finds 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
A legislative auditor’s report fueled calls to scrutinize enrollees.
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Kaiser report finds many will have to pay back portion of health care subsidies 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Business
A new report predicts repayments or refunds for those who received subsidies.
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Eligibility for public programs not properly checked, auditor finds 25.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
A legislative auditor’s report fueled calls to scrutinize enrollees.
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Paul Ryan: No to Obamacare exchanges, yes to Medicare exchanges 22.3.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Monday, March 23, isn't just the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. The day also marks five years since then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised the GOP response would "'repeal and replace,' 'repeal and replace.'"  But with the possibility that a Supreme Court ruling in the King v. Burwell case could soon end health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans in the 36 states that chose to use the federal exchange, the GOP still has no replacement. That makes Paul Ryan's message to the affected states not to establish their own exchanges doubly ironic. After five years of GOP failure to live up to its "repeal and replace" pledge, why should they trust Ryan's promise of a new Republican healthcare plan by June 20? Just as cynical, the Obamacare exchange model the House Ways and Means Committee chairman continues to criticize is essential to the Medicare voucher scheme Paul Ryan has been pushing for years. Of course, you'd never know that from Ryan's recent ...
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French government backs plan to criminalize use of advertising with anorexic models 16.3.2015 Star Tribune: World
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At Capitol, MNsure remedies are all over the map 15.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Lawmakers agree that something needs to be done, but there is no clear path to fixing the troubled exchange.
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