Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance Private Insurance

Think your health care is covered? Beware of the ‘junk’ insurance plan

  by Michelle Andrews December 4, 2020 Looking back, Sam Bloechl knows that when the health insurance broker who was helping him find a plan asked whether he’d ever been diagnosed with a major illness, that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Health Insurance News

Saying quiet part ‘really loud,’ Trump admits he hopes Supreme Court kills ACA as Barrett moves closer to confirmation

“Senate Republicans who claim this was never about gutting healthcare are lying to you and Donald Trump just proved it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 22 After Senate Republicans spent several days of hearings…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Unemployment Wealth

Billionaire wealth has surged by $931 billion during seven months of pandemic, economic collapse

‘The Gilded Age is here again’ “The juxtaposition between surging billionaire wealth and the imploding livelihoods of ordinary Americans is grotesque and unseemly.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Over just the past seven…

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Posted in Health Insurance Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

“Trumpcare” does not exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” health insurance.

The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. by Jeremy B….

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Wealth

As Covid-Positive GOP Politicians enjoy healthcare they ‘would deny others,’ Coronavirus pandemic again makes case for Medicare for all

‘Mystifying that people think this kind of class system in healthcare is worth fighting to preserve’ “The moral of the story is, he lied to you for months and encouraged you to live recklessly during a…

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

Tens of millions more expected to lose employer-based insurance by 2021

‘We Need Medicare for All’ The strain on employers “just shows how ridiculous it is to have a system where a person’s health insurance is tied to their job.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, September…

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

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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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Evictions Health Insurance Safety Net SNAP benefits Wade Rathke

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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Posted in Employer Provided Insurance Health Care Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance Safety Net

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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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Medicare News Private Insurance

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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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

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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Posted in Common Dreams Health Care Health Insurance News Politics Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Taxes

‘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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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care Health Insurance News Public Health

‘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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Posted in Health Insurance News Public Health Public Policy

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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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Insurance Off the wire Politics Public Health

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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Posted in Columns Health Care Health Insurance Hightower

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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Posted in Analysis Business Health Health Insurance Public Policy

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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