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?
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Medicare is very popular. But its many cost-sharing features and coverage limitations might make it a less than ideal model for universal, single-payer health care. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images One of the much-discussed merits of a single-payer health-care system is its simplicity as compared to a complex public-private hybrid like Obamacare. Proponents often like to call single payer “Medicare for all,” building on the familiarity and popularity of the country’s chief retirement-health-care program. But before getting serious about enacting single-payer legislation nationally or in the states, proponents of “Medicare for all” should make it clear not to take the slogan too literally. Including all Americans in the Medicare program as it exists today probably would not work, and might not even be all that popular in practice. For one thing, Medicare is by design an “acute care” program. It does not cover long-term hospital stays or … [Read more...] about Why ‘Medicare for All’ Is a Misleading Term for Single-Payer Health Care
NEW DELHI: Consumer expenditure has increased in 2018-19, Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday while terming reports of fall in consumption as a "misconception". Replying to a supplementary question in the House, the minister of state for statistics, programme implementation & planning said, "It (consumer expenditure) has not decreased, it is a misconception. It has increased in FY 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19." Speaking about a draft consumer expenditure survey (CES) report for 2017-18, the minister said the government has not published the report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) as concerns were raised about its "ability and sensibility". Singh noted that the report has neither been accepted nor rejected. "Here we have not accepted it so far. It is not rejected and not been accepted. There is a difference between the two," said Singh, adding it was not accepted because of "divergence." According to the minister, when any data comes … [Read more...] about No decline in household consumer expenditure: Government
Hartford, Conn. (December 6, 2019) – Connecticut is home to a growing healthcare industry that is consistently recognized for its innovations and excellence in patient care. On December 12th, Hartford Business Journal will recognize eight individuals and organizations who are upholding that standard of excellence at the Health Care Heroes Awards at the Hartford Marriott. "We are fortunate to have so many great providers shaping our local healthcare sector," Joe Zwiebel, publisher, Hartford Business Journal, said. "This year's honorees exemplify what it means to be a hero in the healthcare industry, and we are delighted to recognize their achievements." The 2019 Health Care Heroes honorees are: · Advancement in Healthcare-Innovation: Dr. John Pelegano, Chief of Pediatrics, Hospital for Special Care · Advancements in Healthcare-Prevention: UConn Health's Connecticut EMS Statewide Opioid Reporting Directive · Community Service-Advocacy/Policy: Patricia Baker, … [Read more...] about Eight Health Care Heroes Will Be Honored
Even as many Democrats join the single-payer parade, Tim Kaine and Michael Bennet are offering a new, incremental approach to health care called “Medicare X.” Photo: Alex Wong/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images There has been a simmering debate in left-of-center circles all year about whether Democrats should unite behind single-payer health care as a rallying cry and a litmus test. There is no question there is a trend toward support for single payer among Democratic pols andvoters, but the question is whether any other, more incremental, policy prescriptions in health care are now to be excoriated as insufficiently progressive. Up until now this argument has been relatively abstract: There are all sorts of different forms of single-payer health care (though Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All proposal is the most frequently cited), and many ways to reform the current system that are less disruptive to the status quo than single payer. But the debate is beginning to … [Read more...] about Democrats Must Soon Decide Whether Single-Payer Is a Litmus Test
While single-payer is quite different from other health-care proposals, it’s also very different from Medicare itself. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Self-proclaimed “progressive Democrats,” including the doughty left-handers of the Democratic Socialists of America, are on a bit of a roll right now, and are justified in pushing back against ancient intra-party and MSM claims that their agenda is too radical for the country. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of a dubious argument, as is evidenced by a piece in Vox in which two DSA health-care activists cry foul over the appropriation of the term “Medicare for All” by centrists who don’t actually support a leap to single-payer health care. Here was their objection: [A]s public support for Medicare-for-all rises, establishment think tanks and lobbyists are floating proposals designed to capitalize on its momentum while diluting its content.In February, the Center for American … [Read more...] about Medicare for All Won’t Bring Medicare to All