Category Archive: Health care

Jan 20 2014

Vermont’s single-payer initiative

While America as a whole experiments with its clunky Affordable Care Act, the state of Vermont is on track to implement a state-run single-payer system, starting in 2017. Sean McElwee writing in The Atlantic explains in detail what the plan will do and how it came about.

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Jan 18 2014

Health care costs and the ACA

Steven Brill has an article in Time describing how some of the very people who would benefit most from the Affordable Care Act have been misled by the virulent anti-Obamacare campaign to think that it is a terrible program and would do nothing for them. He also highlights the way that hospital monopolies and the …

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Jan 02 2014

The sad plight of poor people in Republican-controlled states

It turns out that about 6 million people have signed up for lower-cost health insurance under either the health care exchanges or are eligible for the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the latter being designed to take care of those who earned too little to be eligible for the former. That is undoubtedly …

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Dec 22 2013

Medicaid expansion in Ohio survives court challenge

The good news out of Ohio is that the Medicaid expansion program has been upheld by the courts. This was part of the Affordable Care Act that was meant to take care of the people who fell into a gap, who earned too much (although still poor) to be eligible for Medicaid but did not …

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Dec 03 2013

21 reasons why the Canadian health system is superior to the US

Ralph Nader has come up with a list of 21 reasons why the Canadian health care system is better than the one that the US has. It is pretty good. Here are just two items.

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Nov 20 2013

Medicare and the prescription drug problem

While I am a big proponent of a single-payer system that could be implemented by allowing everyone to enroll in Medicare, this does not mean that Medicare is perfect. In fact, there is a lot of waste that could be eliminated in it but has not been.

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Oct 06 2013

Medicaid expansion efforts in Ohio

The Affordable Care Act has two main elements. One is to provide affordable health insurance to working people through the health care exchanges but these can be taken advantage of only by people who are working and roughly in the middle class in terms of income but do not have health insurance through their employers. …

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Oct 03 2013

The most disgusting aspect of the Affordable Care Act battle

Sorenson cartoon

Whatever one may think of the Affordable Care Act, there are some incontrovertible benefits that it provides. It makes health insurance affordable for the tens of millions of people (many of whom are children) who currently do not have employer-based coverage and could not get insurance on the private markets because of the high cost …

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Sep 07 2013

Hopeful signs on health care

Like others who strongly support a single-payer health care system, I have been highly critical of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), seeing it as a bureaucratic monstrosity that was designed to keep the useless and parasitic health insurance industry in business while also allowing the hospital and drug industries to keep making exorbitant amounts …

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Aug 15 2013

Why the GOP opposes Obamacare

I have previously expressed surprise that the Republican party had chosen Obamacare, of all things, as the issue that the were going to fight to the death, even though the dry details of a health care policy that actually is quite business-friendly are not the kind of things that press emotional hot buttons to arouse …

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