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How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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The poor and workers are being hammered

Pearl River   As the economic numbers become more stark, and the economy teeters towards something closer to a depression than a recession, the impact on workers and the poor that has been hidden in plain…

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With federal nod, consumers could lose the boost they get from drug ‘coupons’

Consumer advocates say the proposed changes will make drugs unaffordable for many people with serious medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis who rely on pricey medications. Michelle Andrews April 16, 2020 Patients who get financial…

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UnitedHealth group posts surge in profits as millions lose insurance and thousands die

‘Thriving During a Pandemic’: “The earnings were so good, the company said it still expects to make as much in total profits this year as they predicted in December… when no one could predict the massive…

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New polling shows widespread US public support for paid sick leave, Medicare for all to fight coronavirus

“Humane policies are popular policies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer CommonDreams Strong majorities of U.S. voters across the political spectrum support an array of progressive policy proposals that would provide immediate relief to those affected by the…

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‘Give us an hour on MSNBC’: Sanders says he would love to debate Medicare for All vs. For-Profit System with Joe Biden

“We’re spending twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of any other country and yet 27 million are uninsured, 30,000 people die, half a million people go bankrupt every year because of medical-related…

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‘Why Are We Being Charged?’ Surprise bills from coronavirus testing spark calls for government to cover all costs

“Huge surprise medical bills [are] going to make sure people with symptoms don’t get tested. That is bad for everyone.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer Public health advocates, experts, and others are demanding that the federal…

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Colorado forges ahead on a new model for health care while nation waits

Markian Hawryluk February 28, 2020 DENVER     With the nation’s capital mired in gridlock and the Affordable Care Act facing a dire legal challenge, the prospects of lowering health care costs for Americans this year seem…

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Looming Coronavirus threat in US bolsters case for Medicare for All and Universal Paid Sick Leave

“Doubters may claim that our nation can’t afford Medicare for All, but it’s increasingly likely that we are about to discover just how costly our current system really is.” By Julia Conley, staff writer The global…

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The lie of health care ‘choice’

In our corporate-run health system, consumer “choices” are shaped entirely by profit-seeking monopolists. By Jim Hightower | February 19, 2020 Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance Race for the White House 2020

Nevada Entrance Poll shows 62% of Democratic Caucus-goers support Medicare for All

“It’s fair to say Democratic leadership fails to understand how much everyday Americans hate their private healthcare coverage.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than 60% of Nevada caucus-goers support eliminating private insurance and moving to…

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To boost bottom lines, Single-Payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News February 6, 2020 Providence, R.I. — Last winter, James Mark was a 2018 James Beard Award finalist. A few months later, both GQ and Bon Appétit ranked Big King, his newest…

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