“Medicaid for some, miniature American flags for others.” Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg via Getty Images Now that Obamacare has survived its death panel, Democrats are done playing defense on health-care policy. After months of reciting Trumpcare’s many horrors, progressives can finally concentrate on detailing the virtues of their own plans for America’s health-care system. For many, this has meant lobbying congressional Democrats to join Bernie Sanders in backing “Medicare for all.” But Hawaii senator Brian Schatz has been preparing a counter-offer: “Medicaid for all who are into that sort of thing.” As Vox reports: Schatz’s bill would give all states the option of opening up their Medicaid programs to uninsured Americans who wish to purchase coverage. It would be similar, functionally, to how states currently have the option under Obamacare to expand their program to all Americans making less than 133 percent of the federal … [Read more...] about Democrats’ New Health-Care Plan: Medicaid for All (Who Want It)
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Senators Ron Johnson, Lindsey Graham, Dean Heller, and Bill Cassidy roll out the quietly radical bill last week. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Seemingly out of nowhere, last week Republicans began seriously considering one last effort to destroy Obamacare. As with previous versions of Trumpcare, the legislation crafted by senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy faces two challenges: an absurdly short deadline — due to Senate procedure, they must act by September 30 — and resistance within the GOP to passing a bill that would impact one-sixth of the economy in unknown and likely devastating ways. The senators are billing their legislation as a moderate approach, with Cassidy claiming, “A blue state can do a blue thing, a red state a red thing.” The reality is that it’s even more extreme that the GOP’s last few attempts to gut Obamacare. On top of all the draconian features of the previous bills, Graham-Cassidy shifts the burden … [Read more...] about 4 Ways Graham-Cassidy Would Make the Health-Care System Far Worse
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Democrat candidate forum in Miami on Friday that the estimated 11 to 22 million people in the country illegally would be entitled to the socialized healthcare program Medicare for All he hopes to put in place if he is elected.“We are going to end that and create a Medicare for All healthcare system, which guarantees health care to every man, woman, and child, and saves the average American substantial sums of money,” Sanders said, admitting next that “national healthcare” systems around the globe “have problems.” “Now to answer your question, I will not deny that every country on earth that has a national healthcare program — all have problems — that’s the nature of health care in a changing technology,” Sanders said. “But what I want everybody to understand is literally starting yesterday … [Read more...] about Bernie Announces 11-22 Million Illegals Would Get Health Care Under His Plan
Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images The ad is slick; the actors, suitably concerned. “We can’t afford one size fits all plans,” a woman protests. Her complaint, written for her by the Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future, a front group for private insurers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies, is a simple one to grasp. She doesn’t want Medicare for All. She wants choice: the choice to keep her private health insurance plans, to tell the government to butt out. It is not a novel presentation. The woman in the ad revives fears once given life by opponents of the Affordable Care Act. Though the ACA, even in its most liberal version, introduced a public option while keeping the private insurance industry intact, critics in both parties warned that it would sacrifice choice on the altar of big scary government. Then and now, the implication is consistent: Americans are hardy and independent creatures, and they value free will above … [Read more...] about Do Americans Want Choice, or Do They Just Want Health Care?
CHICAGO—In 2010, the court of the Northern District of Illinois received a handwritten complaint from Don Lippert, a diabetic inmate at Stateville Correctional Center outside of this city, claiming he was being denied his twice-daily dose of insulin. In the roughly six years since, that case has snowballed into a lawsuit filed on behalf of every prisoner in Illinois.Lippert v. Baldwin argues that health care inside the Illinois Department of Corrections systematically puts inmates “at risk of pain, injury, and death.” By failing to address fundamental needs, it alleges, Illinois is not meeting its constitutional mandate to protect against cruel and unusual punishment. “If someone has a broken arm and you let them suffer, that’s really no different than putting them on the rack and stretching them,” said Alan Mills, one of the lead attorneys on the suit. “If conditions cause treatable pain and there is a failure to treat the causes of that pain, … [Read more...] about Does Bad Health Care Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment?
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut health care systems are teaming up with a proposal to open a new high-tech cancer treatment center. Hartford HealthCare and Yale New Haven Health System say the 25,000-square-foot center in Wallingford would be the first in the state to provide proton beam therapy. That is a highly advanced form of radiation treatment, which uses protons rather than X-rays to treat cancer. Officials say the advantage of proton therapy is that it can be better controlled and deliver higher doses of radiation to tumors with fewer side effects. The treatment is currently only available at a handful of locations in the Northeast. The plan still needs approval from the state Office of Health Strategy. … [Read more...] about Health care systems team up for new cancer treatment center