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This Usually Sleepy Race Could Become a Showdown Over Single-Payer Health Care 21.6.2018 Mother Jones
Last year, as Republicans in Congress were working to dismantle Obamacare, the California state Senate was headed in the opposite direction. Last June, Democratic lawmakers passed a bill that would have ended private health insurance in the state, replacing it with a publicly funded single-payer system that would cover medical costs for all residents. The Healthy […]
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Talking Taxes with the Voters 20.6.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  As they prepare to face the voters and defend their congressional majorities, Republicans face serious challenges. Positioned as the in-party in an off-year election, they can anticipate enhanced Democratic turnout that creates an unfavorable battlefield. An unpopular president, weak fundraising, and a wave of incumbent retirements further stack the deck against the GOP. Republicans, however, believe they have an ace in the hole that will preserve their majorities: the tax law they passed in December 2017. Republicans tout the tax law as both their most important policy accomplishment and the best political weapon they have. Matt Gorman, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, says, “It’s very clear that tax reform was going to be the biggest legislative crown jewel of this Congress. That is a massive centerpiece of our campaign.” In the eyes of veteran Republican ...
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Trump Administration Hands Democrats A Gift On Pre-Existing Condition Coverage 14.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Trump Administration's new legal position on coverage for people with pre-existing conditions could pose political problems in the fall.
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Trump’s Attacks on Health Care Threatens Treatment for People With Opioid Disorders 12.6.2018 Truthout.com
Trump and his allies are playing politics with people's lives.

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Trump Administration Won’t Defend Obamacare, Says Mandate Is Unconstitutional 11.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
The Trump Administration is declining to defend the Affordable Care Act in Court, arguing that the individual mandate is now unconstitutional because the tax penalty has been eliminated.
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Trump Wants to Ditch Preexisting Condition Protections. Here Are the Times He Promised Not To. 9.6.2018 Mother Jones
The Trump administration declared Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions unconstitutional on Thursday—thanks to the tax bill passed by congressional Republicans and signed into law by President Donald Trump in December. The announcement came in a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a filing in a federal court in Texas. While it won’t cause […]
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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills 27.5.2018 Crooks Liars
Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn’t make sense. His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He’d iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He’d pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, through more than a dozen physical therapy sessions.  The last thing he needed was a botched bill. His December 2015 surgery to replace the ball in his left hip joint at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City had been routine. One night in the hospital and no complications.   He was even supposed to get a deal on the cost. His insurance company, Aetna, had negotiated an in-network “member rate” for him. That’s the discounted price insured patients get in return for paying their premiums every month. But Frank was startled to see that Aetna had agreed to pay NYU Langone $70,000. That’s more than three times the Medicare rate for the surgery and more than double the estimate of what other insurance companies would ...
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How Your Health Insurer and Your Doctors Scheme to Screw You Over 26.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and NPR. Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn’t make sense. His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He’d iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He’d pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, through […]
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'What do we do now?' Many struggle to find alternatives in shift away from opioids 3.5.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
As policymakers and doctors move away from treating chronic pain patients with opioids, there's concern that more comprehensive pain treatment isn't available to many current patients.
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There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem 30.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Not single-payer but single-price.
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As Big Pharma Goes on Lobbying Blitz, US Waits for Trump to Tackle Drug Pricing 25.4.2018 Truthout.com
President Trump postponed a speech on bringing down prescription drug prices this week after promising to roll out a set of sweeping policy proposals with help from his health czar, Alex Azar. Trump has talked tough about reining in drug prices, but critics point out that Azar is a former pharmaceutical executive and real price controls would require policy changes the industry doesn't like. (Photo: DNY59 / Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. President Trump postponed a speech on drug pricing this week, leaving observers to wonder whether the White House is rethinking its long-awaited plan to fulfill a major campaign promise and bring down the price of prescription drugs. During his State of the Union address in January, Trump said that "fixing the injustice" of high drug prices was one of his administration's top priorities. On March 19, Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary ...
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Her rare disease costs millions to treat. To drug companies, she’s a human jackpot. 25.4.2018 Washington Post
Loukisha Olive-McCoy lives her life as a full-time patient. Her family struggles financially. To afford care, she turned to a nonprofit charity and entered a pocket of the health-care system in which some drug companies fund patient charities — while pushing other costs onto insurance companies.
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German insurance ‘robo-advisor’ Clark scores $29 million Series B 25.4.2018 techCrunch
Clark, one of a plethora of so-called ‘insurtech’ startups offering something akin to a digital insurance brokerage all delivered through a convenient mobile app, has closed a hefty $29 million in Series B funding. The round was led by fintech investor Portag3 Ventures, and VC fund White Star Capital, with participation from a number of […]
It's single-payer supporters who are being pragmatic, not the opponents 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: The article, “How single-payer healthcare became the biggest policy flashpoint in California’s race for governor,” quotes a UC San Diego professor saying that if you support adopting a single-payer healthcare system in California, you’re a “pure progressive,” and if you don’t, you’re...

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The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all 19.4.2018 Washington Post
The next big thing for Democrats: Medicare for all
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Should Illinois insurers have to cover egg, embryo freezing for cancer patients? 19.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
At the age of 23, Erin Keith didn’t know if she wanted kids, but the New Lenox woman knew she wanted a choice. So before embarking upon months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma — treatments that could leave her sterile — she had her eggs frozen. She did it despite being unsure whether ...
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Medicaid Is Helping to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Despite Trump's Attacks 13.4.2018 Truthout.com
According to a new report, Medicaid is paying for more addiction treatment than private insurers, and recipients living with opioid disorders are twice as likely to obtain treatment. Medicaid is having an impact despite President Trump's efforts to undermine public benefits, and health experts say Trump's own plan for combating the opioid crisis would do more harm than good. (Photo: FS Productions / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. About 1.9 million nonelderly adults in the United States are believed to be living with opioid addiction, and those with Medicaid were twice as likely as those with private insurance or no health insurance to receive treatment for the disease in 2016,  according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation . The analysis raises serious questions for the Trump administration, which has declared the opioid crisis a major ...
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Paying a penalty for no health insurance? Not in 13 Illinois counties. 11.4.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
Consumers who chose to pay a penalty rather than sign up for health insurance are getting a break, depending where they live. Most consumers have been required under the Affordable Care Act to have health insurance or pay a federal penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income ...
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Walmart and CVS have 15,000 combined stores. Why are both trying to buy health insurance companies? 10.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The economics of healthcare in America is making for some strange bedfellows. CVS, the behemoth pharmacy chain, plans to buy Aetna, a 22-million member health insurer, for $69 billion. Less than two weeks ago, it became public that Walmart, where one in four Americans shop each week, is considering...

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Democrats shouldn’t impose litmus tests on health care 9.4.2018 Washington Post
Democrats shouldn’t impose litmus tests on health care
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