Can We Please Stop Fighting About ‘Medicare for All’? & 14 more stories

Can We Please Stop Fighting About ‘Medicare for All’?, by Michelle Cottle, published 2020-01-09T01:21:54Z

Top Story: One policy proposal has defined this Democratic race. It’s time to move on.

One could argue that it has already proved problematic for Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been one of Medicare for alls top champions in this race, along with Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been touting the idea nationally since his 2016 presidential run.… [+2458 chars] [read the full story]

$2.2 billion Bright Health just struck a deal to buy a health plan and gain a big foothold in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market

Lydia Ramsey, 2020-01-07T21:30:00Z

Overview: Bright Health, a Minneapolis-based health-insurance startup, just agreed to acquire a California-based health insurer to beef up its presence in the red-hot Medicare Advantage market. The acquisition comes on the heels of the insurer raising $635 million from…

Bright Health just took a bigger bite out of the red-hot Medicare Advantage market. 
The $2.2 billion health insurer on Tuesday said it’s buying the privately-owned Medicare Advantage health plan provider Brand New Day. The terms of the deal were not disclos… [+5613 chars] [read the full story]

Deflating Results of Major Study Point to Better Ways to Cut Health Care Waste

null, 2020-01-09T16:34:22Z

Overview: A program that focused on the patients who needed the most care didn’t keep them from landing back in the hospital.

But its important to understand the difference between those studies and the Camden one.
The Camden model targets a population that has a much more varied set of medical needs and social complexity, and with higher health care spending, than the existing suc… [+2605 chars] [read the full story]

The Odd Couples of the Democratic Party

Gail Collins and Bret Stephens, 2020-01-07T10:00:21Z

Overview: Iran, impeachment and Iowa are making for some strange bedfellows, just the way politics is supposed to.

This is just a wild card, and it makes the election itself hostage to decisions made in Tehran. If, God forbid, a jetliner filled with American passengers mysteriously blows up midair in October, like Pan Am Flight 103 did over Lockerbie, Scotland, in the 198… [+1869 chars] [read the full story]

The U.S. Spends $2,500 Per Person on Health Care Administrative Costs. Canada Spends $550. Here’s Why.

Abigail Abrams, 2020-01-06T22:07:21Z

Overview: Whether it’s interpreting medical bills, struggling to get hospital records, or fighting with an insurance provider, Americans are accustomed to battling bureaucracy to access their health care. But patients’ time and effort are not the only price of this com…

Whether it’s interpreting medical bills, struggling to get hospital records, or fighting with an insurance provider, Americans are accustomed to battling bureaucracy to access their health care. But patients’ time and effort are not the only price of this com… [+5684 chars] [read the full story]

Julian Castro Endorses Elizabeth Warren For President

Ja’han Jones, 2020-01-06T14:34:42Z

Overview: Castro, who quit the Democratic race this month, said Warren is “unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be there for everyone.”

Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 Democratic race this month, endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president on Monday. 
“There’s one candidate I can see who’s unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be… [+576 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. Families Are Paying Over $4,500 in Medical Bills Just to Have a Baby

Ed Cara, 2020-01-06T22:30:00Z

Overview: Families covered by private, employer-provided insurance plans are paying higher and higher out-of-pocket costs for the delivery of their newborn, a new study found, despite the reforms enacted by the Affordable Care Act. Read more…

Families covered by private, employer-provided insurance plans are paying higher and higher out-of-pocket costs for the delivery of their newborn, a new study found, despite the reforms enacted by the Affordable Care Act.
The study, published Monday in Healt… [+3709 chars] [read the full story]

Pear Therapeutics announced a handful of new deals with tech and healthcare firms worldwide

zlarock@businessinsider.com (Zoë LaRock), Zoë LaRock, 2020-01-09T15:04:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. The Boston-based digital therapeutics (…

The Boston-based digital therapeutics (DTx) developer best known for its therapy for substance use disorder inked deals with five health-focused organizations across the globe — including virtual reality (VR) and vocal biomarker firms and research institution… [+4515 chars] [read the full story]

3 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid in 2020

newsfeedback@fool.com (Maurie Backman), 2020-01-10T12:22:00Z

Overview: The government’s healthcare program for seniors is designed to keep costs reasonable. But wrong moves on your part can raise them.

Millions of senior citizens depend on Medicare to pay for their healthcare services during retirement. But if you’re not careful, you could make wrong moves that cause you to miss out on important benefits, or leave you paying more for them. Here are a few ma… [+3730 chars] [read the full story]

US Healthcare Industry Creating an Endless Shitstorm of Money-Grubbing Bureaucracy and Paperwork, Study Finds

Maxwell Strachan, Kate Lowenstein, Susan Rinkunas, 2020-01-08T19:12:32Z

Overview: A highly lucrative paper-pushing industry is unnecessarily costing already-broke Americans hundreds of billions of dollars.

Capitalist though it may be, the U.S. healthcare industry is a bureaucratic, inefficient and unnecessarily complicated mess, which has created a highly lucrative paper-pushing industry that is unnecessarily costing already-broke Americans hundreds of billions… [+3835 chars] [read the full story]

Medigap Plan F Is Gone, Now What?

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2020-01-09T16:00:00Z

Overview: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 mandated that, as of January 1, 2020, insurers can no longer sell to newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries Medigap policies (Medicare supplement insurance) that cover the Part B deductible.

This image shows how comparing and deciding upon the right Medigap policy to supplement basic … [+] Medicare is a puzzle, or that it can be a puzzling experience. Medigap policies range from type A-L.
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By now, most Medicare beneficiaries know that Me… [+7939 chars] [read the full story]

Nursing home safety website under-reports falls

Matt Wood-U. Chicago, 2020-01-08T13:48:15Z

Overview: The data a popular website uses for reporting the safety of nursing homes may be inaccurate, a new study shows.

The data that the website Nursing Home Compare uses to report patient safety in relation to falls may be highly inaccurate, a new study shows.
The website, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sponsors, is a go-to resource for many families… [+4378 chars] [read the full story]

Concerned About Your Medicare Advantage Plan? You’ve Got A Second Chance.

Diane Omdahl, Contributor, Diane Omdahl, Contributor https://www.forbes.com/sites/dianeomdahl/, 2020-01-07T16:00:00Z

Overview: Even though Medicare Open Enrollment ended in December, the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is actually going on right now. (January 1 until March 31, 2020).

Medicare Advantage word cloud collage, health concept background
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Even though Medicare Open Enrollment ended in December, the annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period is actually going on right now. (January 1 until March 31, 2020). This is an … [+7304 chars] [read the full story]

The ral villain of the opioid crisis is the healthcare industry, experts say

Greg Robb, 2020-01-05T22:06:23Z

Overview: The villain of the opioid crisis isn’t income inequality or other social ills, it is the U.S. healthcare industry, experts said.

SAN DIEGO The opioid crisis in the United States is not the result of poverty. It wasnt caused by income inequality, the financial crisis or globalization either.
The clear villain is the healthcare industry.
Thats the conclusion of two Princeton Universit… [+1259 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Talking Much About ‘Medicare for All’ Anymore & 9 more stories

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Talking Much About ‘Medicare for All’ Anymore, by Astead W. Herndon, published 2020-01-01T10:00:22Z

Top Story: There are signs her campaign is seeking to calm fears about her health care proposal, including having small meetings with rural Iowa voters to explain her financing and transition plans.

We know what shes about on health care, Ms. Callison said. You see her commercials on that, you see her emails we know.
The arguments over health care were supercharged by more moderate Democrats, like Mr. Biden and Mr. Buttigieg, who once called Ms. Warren… [+1443 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren’s Fourth-Quarter Total Is $21.2 Million, Her Campaign Says

Shane Goldmacher and Thomas Kaplan, 2020-01-03T14:00:10Z

Overview: Ms. Warren’s fund-raising haul for the last three months of the year represented a slight dip and placed her behind three top rivals.

She reiterated her message at a town-hall-style event in New Hampshire on Thursday. Our democracy really is on the line, she said, and if the only way you can become the Democratic nominee is to be a billionaire or suck up to the billionaires, then look out, … [+1487 chars] [read the full story]

The Campaign Against ‘Medicare For All’ Is Spending Millions. Progressives Not So Much.

Daniel Marans, 2019-12-30T10:45:11Z

Overview: “It’s a one-sided assault,” said a progressive member of Congress.

The most hotly debated policy in the Democratic presidential primary is “Medicare for All” a plan to move all Americans onto a single, government-run health insurance plan.
But while proponents of single-payer health care like presidential hopefuls Sens. Ber… [+8619 chars] [read the full story]

10 top healthcare VCs shared the biggest surprise that could rock 2020, from ‘Medicare for All’ to Amazon or Walmart buying a health insurer

Lydia Ramsey, 2020-01-02T17:01:00Z

Overview: 2020 could bring a lot of surprises for healthcare companies — both good and bad. While gathering predictions for the year ahead, we asked 10 venture capitalists what they think would be the biggest surprises to hit healthcare in 2020. Those surprises could i…

2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year in healthcare. 
From a booming IPO market, to pharma companies getting more serious about using artificial intelligence to discover and develop new drugs, healthcare venture investors have no shortage of expectations a… [+5329 chars] [read the full story]

Andrew Taylor: I’m on Medicare, but I still got stuck with a $25k hospital bill

null, 2019-12-30T01:22:35Z

Overview: The solution is for Congress to pass a law stating that any person with Medicare Part A coverage is considered admitted if hospitalized overnight, or at the very least, any person hospitalized for a surgical procedure followed by a night in the hospital shoul…

On June 30, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the Medicare program with the promise that nearly every older American will receive hospital care not as an act of charity, but as the insured right of a senior citizen.
Medicare Part A was designed to p… [+4839 chars] [read the full story]

Amy Klobuchar Might Tell Us About UFOs

Whitney Kimball, 2020-01-02T22:50:00Z

Overview: For years, one New Hampshire paper has been quietly but doggedly pressing politicians and candidates for their stances on a bipartisan issue which could conceivably be a single-issue issue if more journalists cared to pursue it: will they declassify UFO stuff…

For years, one New Hampshire paper has been quietly but doggedly pressing politicians and candidates for their stances on a bipartisan issue which could conceivably be a single-issue issue if more journalists cared to pursue it: will they declassify UFO stuff… [+2776 chars] [read the full story]

3 big health care stories to watch for in 2020

Dylan Scott, 2019-12-30T18:00:00Z

Overview: Surprise bills, Medicare-for-all, and more.

NurPhoto/Getty Images Surprise bills, Medicare-for-all, and more. Here’s a prediction: Health care will be a big story in 2020. There is a joke among health care journalists that we benefit from a (fictional) Full Employment Act. Given the money involved and … [+6764 chars] [read the full story]

Warren warns ‘democracy hangs in the balance’ in New Year’s Eve speech

By Joseph Ax and Amanda Becker, 2019-12-31T16:45:42Z

Overview: Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren sought to re-energize her White House campaign in a New Year’s Eve speech on Tuesday, warning that “democracy hangs in the balance” five weeks before nominating contests begin in early February. In her home s…

By Joseph Ax and Amanda Becker
BOSTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren sought to re-energize her White House campaign in a New Year’s Eve speech on Tuesday, warning that “democracy hangs in the balance” five weeks before nominat… [+3044 chars] [read the full story]

Warren Assails Lobbying Against Her Health Plan: Campaign Update

Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, 2019-12-31T17:39:12Z

Overview: (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren assailed the clout in Washington of billionaires and large corporations that have lined up to fight her calls for a wealth tax and Medicare for All.“Many corporate executives and career politic…

(Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren assailed the clout in Washington of billionaires and large corporations that have lined up to fight her calls for a wealth tax and Medicare for All.
Many corporate executives and career politi… [+3120 chars] [read the full story]

Democrats Who Flipped Seats in 2018 Have a 2020 Playbook: Focus on Drug Costs & 11 more stories

Democrats Who Flipped Seats in 2018 Have a 2020 Playbook: Focus on Drug Costs, by Jennifer Steinhauer, published 2019-12-24T16:15:45Z

Top Story: House Democrats in key swing districts hope the debate over rising costs will give them a decisive advantage next year, especially in suburbs where President Trump remains unpopular.

Another factor that has highlighted the high costs of health care is the back-and-forth over Medicare for All, which has been central to the Democratic primary for the White House. The debate shines a light on total spending, said Allison K. Hoffman, an exper… [+1373 chars] [read the full story]

Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat

Sydney Ember, 2019-12-26T18:45:45Z

Overview: His supporters are loyal, and in Iowa they don’t really have eyes for anyone else.

Mr. Sanders has also mostly escaped aggressive attacks from his rivals. Other candidates have focused more on trying to stop Ms. Warren, whom they viewed as a bigger threat. On the airwaves, Mr. Buttigieg, another front-runner, has run television ads that att… [+1356 chars] [read the full story]

Andrew Yang Has The Most Conservative Health Care Plan In The Democratic Primary

Daniel Marans, 2019-12-24T22:01:14Z

Overview: But his ads still say he wants “Medicare for All.”

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has had unexpected staying power in the Democratic presidential primary thanks in part to the enthusiasm for his plan to provide every American with a basic income of $1,000 a month.
But the boldness of his signature idea only serves… [+5689 chars] [read the full story]

What About Centrist Bias?

David Leonhardt, 2019-12-22T23:38:56Z

Overview: The political midpoint is too often the media’s ideal.

The skeptical questions for the more progressive candidates, Sanders and Warren, often challenge the substance of their ideas: Are you too radical? Are you being realistic? And, by golly, how would you pay for it all?
I recently took a detailed look through … [+2413 chars] [read the full story]

Outlook for Managed-Care Stocks Brightens Despite 2020 Risks

Tatiana Darie, 2019-12-24T16:38:09Z

Overview: (Bloomberg) — The outlook for managed-care stocks next year appears bright after a tumultuous 2019.The rise and fall of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the polls for the 2020 presidential election wrecked havoc on the S&P 500 Managed Care index, which sank as mu…

(Bloomberg) — The outlook for managed-care stocks next year appears bright after a tumultuous 2019.
The rise and fall of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the polls for the 2020 presidential election wrecked havoc on the S&P 500 Managed Care index, which sank… [+6332 chars] [read the full story]

Fate of Obamacare uncertain amid tax repeals, lawsuits and Medicare-for-all push

null, 2019-12-25T19:34:37Z

Overview: Republicans have worked to chip away at the Affordable Care Act despite a lack of a viable replacement; Lauren Blanchard reports.

null [read the full story]

NerdWallet: Surprise costs that can crush your retirement plans

Liz Weston, 2019-12-27T10:01:59Z

Overview: Anticipating these common budget-busters could help you prepare for a more comfortable retirement.

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.
Before you can safely retire, you need to know that your income will cover your expenses. But many of the following costs can catch retirees by surprise. Anticipating these common budget-busters could … [+5696 chars] [read the full story]

1 Year After Losing Its Hospital, A Rural Town Is Determined To Survive

Sarah Jane Tribble, 2019-12-26T10:01:02Z

Overview: Anger and fear have turned to pragmatic hope in the year since the people of Fort Scott, Kan., lost their hospital to corporate downsizing. A community health center remains. So far, so good.

Eliza Oliver helps her daughter, Taelyn, step down from the exam table after a wellness check at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Fort Scott, Kan. The child’s doctor now has a medical scribe to takes notes. The visit this time seemed more “p… [+11980 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Declares Himself A Never Wine-Caver At California Rally

Mary Papenfuss, 2019-12-22T04:28:20Z

Overview: “We don’t go to rich people’s wine caves — this is a campaign of the working class, … by the working class, and for the working class,” the senator declared.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew a line at the chardonnay at a major California rally Saturday, declaring: “We don’t go to rich people’s wine caves.”
The declaration was the latest chapter in a battle over fundraising among the Democratic presidential candid… [+1324 chars] [read the full story]

A rising star at Andreessen Horowitz explains why companies that make drugs will start delivering healthcare in 2020

Lydia Ramsey, 2019-12-23T13:18:00Z

Overview: Andreessen Horowitz general partner Julie Yoo thinks 2020 will be the year pharmaceutical companies get into the business of providing medical care. “The next generation of therapeutic companies are going to have to build competency around care delivery and l…

In 2020, pharmaceutical companies will start to play a bigger role in how their treatments get administered. 
That’s according to Julie Yoo, Andreessen Horowitz’s newest general partner on its Bio Fund. Yoo was brought on to the team in October to focus on i… [+3618 chars] [read the full story]

Trump site aims to help people argue with “snowflake” relatives

CBSNews, 2019-12-25T04:01:38Z

Overview: “We’re not helping snowflakes avoid arguments. We’re helping Trump supporters win them!”

The Trump campaign launched a website on Christmas Eve to help the president’s supporters win arguments with their “liberal snowflake” friends and family over the holidays.
The website, aptly named snowflakevictory.com, gives Trump allies pointers for talkin… [+2063 chars] [read the full story]

How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate & 14 more stories

How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate, by Josh Ocampo, published 2019-12-19T14:15:00Z

Top Story: After several candidates threatened to boycott tonight’s round over a local labor dispute, it’s official: The final Democratic presidential debate of 2019 is back on. And in a first for the debates so far, we will witness just seven candidates on stage at Loy…

After several candidates threatened to boycott tonights round over a local labor dispute, its official: The final Democratic presidential debate of 2019 is back on. And in a first for the debates so far, we will witness just seven candidates on stage at Loyol… [+1332 chars] [read the full story]

Big Pharma Money Really Does Influence What Doctors Prescribe, Report Finds

Ed Cara, 2019-12-20T22:30:00Z

Overview: A new ProPublica report out Friday confirms what many people already suspect about Big Pharma’s influence on health care: Doctors who get money from a pharmaceutical company related to a specific brand name drug are more likely to prescribe that same, often e…

A new ProPublica report out Friday confirms what many people already suspect about Big Pharmas influence on health care: Doctors who get money from a pharmaceutical company related to a specific brand name drug are more likely to prescribe that same, often ex… [+5019 chars] [read the full story]

Seeking fresh momentum, Democrat Warren recalibrates ‘Medicare for All’ rhetoric

By Joseph Ax, 2019-12-18T22:51:14Z

Overview: Elizabeth Warren has recalibrated her rhetoric on Medicare for All, as concerns about her support for replacing private insurance with a government-run plan continue to buffet her once-surging Democratic presidential campaign. During a three-day, seven-stop t…

By Joseph Ax
CLINTON, Iowa (Reuters) – Elizabeth Warren has recalibrated her rhetoric on Medicare for All, as concerns about her support for replacing private insurance with a government-run plan continue to buffet her once-surging Democratic presidential ca… [+4241 chars] [read the full story]

Pete Buttigieg Quit Playing Nice. And It’s Working.

Reid J. Epstein, 2019-12-18T10:00:22Z

Overview: His stock in the presidential primary didn’t rise until he attacked his leading rivals. And Democrats in Iowa don’t seem to mind.

You know, the Sanders campaign definitely has more young voters, he told CBS. I was a big fan of Bernie Sanders when I was 18 years old.
And last week Mr. Buttigieg repeated a suggestion he first made during the summer that the Medicare for all proposal that… [+1429 chars] [read the full story]

You Can Still Apply for ACA Health Insurance

Nicole Dieker, 2019-12-17T16:30:00Z

Overview: If you were hoping to apply for an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan for 2020, you should know that the deadline for applications submitted through Healthcare.gov has been extended. Read more…

If you were hoping to apply for an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan for 2020, you should know that the deadline for applications submitted through Healthcare.gov has been extended.
As of this writing, you now have until 3am EST on Wednesday, Dec 18 … [+3385 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Have a Problem: Each Other

Jonathan Martin, 2019-12-16T10:00:16Z

Overview: They’ve abided by a de facto nonaggression pact. But to win the Democratic nomination, one must prevail over the other by consolidating the left.

Centrist Democrats, of course, think just the opposite. Mr. Biden, the former vice president, even after facing intense media scrutiny and racking up a number of self-inflicted errors, still fares slightly better in head-to-head polling against Mr. Trump than… [+1830 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare for All would cut most Americans’ taxes, creating the biggest American take-home pay raise in a generation

Cory Doctorow, 2019-12-20T17:53:57Z

Overview: When Americans get their paycheck every month, there are a ton of deductions from it — some represent money taken by state governments, some by the feds, but one of the largest line-items is the amount taken to pay a private insurance company for some of the…

When Americans get their paycheck every month, there are a ton of deductions from it — some represent money taken by state governments, some by the feds, but one of the largest line-items is the amount taken to pay a private insurance company for some of the… [+3889 chars] [read the full story]

6 Takeaways From The 6th Democratic Debate

Domenico Montanaro, 2019-12-20T10:00:23Z

Overview: Former Vice President Joe Biden was steadier than in past debates; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg came under attack; and the candidates defended their least diverse debate stage yet.

Democratic presidential candidates debate Thursday night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The impeachment of President Trump has dominated the news this week. But the political focus shifted to the Democratic presi… [+8533 chars] [read the full story]

Warren Tempers Medicare for All Rhetoric, Calling It a ‘Choice’

Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, 2019-12-17T09:00:00Z

Overview: (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is starting to back away from a full-blown Medicare for All plan on the campaign trail, as she faces increased questions about whether her support for the proposal hurts her electability.After …

(Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is starting to back away from a full-blown Medicare for All plan on the campaign trail, as she faces increased questions about whether her support for the proposal hurts her electability.
Afte… [+6043 chars] [read the full story]

Bloomberg swipes at Warren while unveiling health plan, staking out center turf

Sasha Pezenik, 2019-12-20T03:18:15Z

Overview: Bloomberg is rolling out his centrist healthcare plan while slamming Warren for the first time, the first time he’s appearing since ABC’s investigation

Memphis, Tennessee —
Amidst impeachments looming shadow, former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is staking out the stance as the doer-in-chief ahead of the 2020 election.
Rolling out part one of his health care plan Thursday at a cam… [+4359 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. sues CVS for fraudulently billing Medicare, Medicaid for invalid prescriptions

By Jonathan Stempel, 2019-12-17T15:48:20Z

Overview: CVS Health Corp and its Omnicare unit were sued on Tuesday by the U.S. government, which accused them of fraudulently billing Medicare and other programs for drugs for older and disabled people without valid prescriptions. The Department of Justice joined whi…

By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp <CVS.N> and its Omnicare unit were sued on Tuesday by the U.S. government, which accused them of fraudulently billing Medicare and other programs for drugs for older and disabled people without v… [+2699 chars] [read the full story]

‘Obamacare’ sign-up deadline is extended following glitches

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, 2019-12-16T20:40:27Z

Overview: People will get more time to sign up for “Obamacare” health insurance, the Trump administration announced Monday, following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend. The new HealthCare.gov deadline is 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, the Centers for Med…

WASHINGTON (AP) People will get more time to sign up for Obamacare health insurance, the Trump administration announced Monday, following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend.
The new HealthCare.gov deadline is 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, the … [+2017 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. government extends deadline to sign up for Obamacare insurance plans

Reuters, 2019-12-16T18:19:24Z

Overview: Last year, the number of people who signed up for 2019 health plans fell 4% to 8.5 million people from 2018, but saw a typical trend of last-minute shopping in the final week. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services runs enrollment for insurance plans …

(Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Monday the deadline for signing-up for 2020 insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been extended by three days to Dec. 18 to accommodate those who experienced issues while attempting to enroll.
There w… [+860 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren has a blunt response to economists who say her wealth tax is a bad idea

Kathryn Krawczyk, 2019-12-20T01:44:00Z

Overview: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is always ready to shut down criticisms of her wealth tax proposal.Warren was one of seven candidates on the stage for Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate and she was quickly faced with a question about her proposed…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is always ready to shut down criticisms of her wealth tax proposal.
Warren was one of seven candidates on the stage for Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate and she was quickly faced with a question about her propos… [+1043 chars] [read the full story]

House Votes to Give the Government the Power to Negotiate Drug Prices & 12 more stories

House Votes to Give the Government the Power to Negotiate Drug Prices, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, published 2019-12-12T19:10:25Z

Top Story: The high-profile measure would curb the price of prescription drugs and extend more benefits to Medicare beneficiaries.

House Republicans countered the Democrats bill with a more modest measure that excludes the Medicare negotiation provision. Mr. Trump campaigned in 2016 on allowing the government to negotiate drug prices, but Republicans argued that giving that power to the … [+1948 chars] [read the full story]

How to Get Americans to Love Capitalism Again

Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Erskine B. Bowles, 2019-12-11T20:03:08Z

Overview: There are better solutions than wealth taxes, ‘Medicare for all’ or universal basic income.

Based on research from the newest book from the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, the two of us are more convinced than ever that those policies are fundamentally misguided and would result in economically harmful outcomes that could put our economy on an unstab… [+2125 chars] [read the full story]

As poll numbers slide, Warren wrestles with Medicare for All dilemma

Amanda Becker, 2019-12-08T11:09:00Z

Overview: With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa on her signature anti-cor…

MARION, Iowa (Reuters) – With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa … [+3362 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren isn’t talking as much about Medicare for All. Supporters worry that could hurt her.

Reuters, 2019-12-08T15:46:00Z

Overview: Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is refocusing her campaign after a critical reception to her divisive $20.5 trillion Medicare For All plan in November. The candidate is now focused on her anti-corruption message, only bringing up Me…

MARION, Iowa (Reuters) – With support for Elizabeth Warren’s White House bid sliding since the release last month of a divisive plan to overhaul healthcare, the Democratic presidential contender has made an effort to refocus her campaign in early-voting Iowa … [+3348 chars] [read the full story]

How The House Prescription Drug Plan Would Try To Lower Drug Prices

Selena Simmons-Duffin, 2019-12-12T10:00:51Z

Overview: Lawmakers are voting Thursday on a bill to rein in drug costs. President Trump has vowed to veto it. But the plan shares a lot with other bipartisan efforts. Here’s how it would work.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the sponsor of a bill proposing to lower prescription drug prices in part by allowing Medicare some leeway in negotiating prices with drugmakers.
Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media/Getty Images
Practically everyone i… [+5971 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Seeks a Second Act After Slip from Top

Shane Goldmacher, 2019-12-10T11:00:17Z

Overview: She is taking on Pete Buttigieg directly, whacking at Mike Bloomberg and emphasizing her gender as the top woman left in the race.

Ms. Warrens core anti-corruption message remains unchanged, and several of the new flourishes seemed designed to amplify it. Her argument that Mr. Buttigieg must disclose his bundlers is cast as a concern about corruption, as are her attacks on Mr. Bloomberg … [+1613 chars] [read the full story]

How the healthcare industry is working to flatline Medicare for All

Mark Kreidler, 2019-12-10T14:30:23Z

Overview: A deeply funded lobbying group led by a former Hillary Clinton aide is out to kill the healthcare plan supported by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other presidential contenders. The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future’s ideological roots go ba…

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.
When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out details of her Medicare for All plan at the beginning of November, she didn’t merely answer … [+11264 chars] [read the full story]

A top Trump health appointee reportedly tried to get taxpayers to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry that got stolen from a rented SUV

Michelle Mark, 2019-12-08T02:04:02Z

Overview: A top Trump health appointee requested that taxpayers cover roughly $47,000 worth of jewelry and other luxury items that were stolen as she traveled for work, Politico reported. Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,…

President Donald Trump’s appointee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requested that taxpayers cover roughly $47,000 worth of jewelry and other items that were stolen from her while she traveled for work, Politico reported Saturday evening.… [+1429 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Is Fighting a Two-Flank War

Giovanni Russonello, 2019-12-13T17:20:42Z

Overview: While she remains a leading candidate, Ms. Warren’s momentum has slowed in part because she faces threats from both the left and the right.

To a degree, the drop in support she experienced this fall can be seen as self-perpetuating: Some less-ideological voters got behind her in the late summer and early fall, when she was increasingly being seen as a front-runner. As questions took hold about he… [+1986 chars] [read the full story]

Trump may have to mediate a bitter feud between two top health officials, a new report says

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-12-10T18:13:47Z

Overview: A bitter feud between two of the Trump administration’s top health officials may require some of President Trump’s self-proclaimed dealmaking prowess. Axios first reported that the White House has summoned Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Cen…

AP Photo/ Evan Vucc

  • A bitter feud between two of the Trump administration’s top health officials may require some of President Trump’s self-proclaimed dealmaking prowess.
  • Axios first reported that the White House has summoned Health and Human… [+2574 chars] [read the full story]

Province turns to private sector for help reducing surgery wait times – Calgary Herald

null, 2019-12-10T20:13:36Z

Overview: Province turns to private sector for help reducing surgery wait times Calgary Herald Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming CBC.ca Alberta to address lengthy surgical wait times CTV News A…

The Alberta government intends to reduce wait times for surgeries by shifting some of the burden to private surgical facilities.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Tuesday at the Southern Alberta Eye Centre in Calgary that the government will expand its… [+3522 chars] [read the full story]

Amid impeachment, House Democrats push measure to lower cost of prescription drugs

Libby Cathey, 2019-12-11T19:43:54Z

Overview: Amid their impeachment efforts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats on Wednesday pushed a bill to lower drug costs ahead of a vote on Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that later in the day the House would debate and then vote Thursday on a bill that she said would reduce prescription drug costs, the latest example of Democrats drawing attention to their legislative efforts whi… [+4919 chars] [read the full story]

Why the Less Disruptive Health Care Option Could Be Plenty Disruptive & 12 more stories

Why the Less Disruptive Health Care Option Could Be Plenty Disruptive, by Margot Sanger-Katz, published 2019-12-03T19:18:57Z

Top Story: Democrats like the “optional” part of the so-called public option. But the very existence of new government insurance could shake up the system.

If the public option became explicitly linked to Medicare requiring all providers that wanted Medicare patients to accept public-option patients, too the public option might be able to negotiate low prices for care and include a wide range of doctors and hosp… [+2136 chars] [read the full story]

How Much Would Joe Biden’s Policies Cost?

Lisa Rowan on Two Cents, shared by Lisa Rowan to Lifehacker, 2019-12-04T21:00:00Z

Overview: Joe Biden has said he’ll make college and healthcare more affordable as president, all while moving the country toward more renewable energy sources. Sounds great! But those changes will come with a price tag to the tune of more than $3 trillion. And after mo…

Joe Biden has said hell make college and healthcare more affordable as president, all while moving the country toward more renewable energy sources. Sounds great! But those changes will come with a price tag to the tune of more than $3 trillion. And after mon… [+3712 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren’s once surging campaign mixes it up as she faces a winter cold front

Gregory Krieg, CNN, 2019-12-05T12:02:24Z

Overview: Elizabeth Warren is trying something different.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)Elizabeth Warren is trying something different.
As she took the mic in Marion, Iowa, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Warren told the audience they were in for a little “experiment.” She would be giving a Reader’s Digest version of her… [+10072 chars] [read the full story]

Where Kamala Harris Went Wrong

David Leonhardt, 2019-12-04T13:14:30Z

Overview: It’s not just political marketing.

This isnt simply a matter of political marketing. Her lack of an abiding theory of government meant that her campaign couldnt decide where it fit in the 2020 presidential campaign. In retrospect, I think her best approach would have been as an alternative to … [+1084 chars] [read the full story]

Biden says Buttigieg ‘stole’ his U.S. healthcare plan

Trevor Hunnicutt, 2019-12-03T01:55:01Z

Overview: U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Monday that his fast-rising rival Pete Buttigieg “stole” the former vice president’s healthcare policy proposals, as the two battle for support in the early nominating state of Iowa.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Monday that his fast-rising rival Pete Buttigieg “stole” the former vice president’s healthcare policy proposals, as the two battle for support in the early nominating state… [+2046 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS

Reuters Editorial, 2019-12-05T21:20:15Z

Overview: U.S. healthcare spending recovered in 2018 after two consecutive years of decline, a government health agency reported on Thursday.

(Reuters) – U.S. healthcare spending recovered in 2018 after two consecutive years of decline, a government health agency reported on Thursday.
The total national health expenditures last year grew 4.6% to $3.6 trillion, or $11,172 per person, boosted by fa… [+1404 chars] [read the full story]

Joe Biden slams the media for saying Democrats have moved ‘extremely to the left’ since 2016 and says the party’s not with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Eliza Relman, 2019-12-06T15:25:17Z

Overview: Former Vice President Joe Biden argued that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s politics are far to the left of the Democratic Party’s average voter in an interview with Axios. Biden added that the media falsely reported that the Democratic Party “moved extremely…

Former Vice President Joe Biden argued that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s politics are far to the left of the Democratic Party mainstream in an interview with Axios that aired Friday. 
Biden added that the media falsely reported that his party “moved extre… [+1233 chars] [read the full story]

How Social Security and Medicare Work Together

Rachel Hartman, 2019-12-04T16:01:26Z

Overview: Social Security and Medicare are social safety programs that Americans pay into during their working years through taxes. Social Security provides financial support, and Medicare is a health insurance program that helps cover doctor visits, hospital stays and…

Social Security and Medicare are social safety programs that Americans pay into during their working years through taxes. Both are designed to assist older Americans and distribute benefits to the disabled and their families. Social Security provides financia… [+5172 chars] [read the full story]

What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out

Lynn Vavreck, John Sides and Chris Tausanovitch, 2019-12-05T10:00:07Z

Overview: Peeling away preferences, a study shows impeachment is at the top of the list for Republicans, and is the second choice for Democrats.

Whether to impeach Mr. Trump, for example, is more important to Democrats than the economic issues being talked up by the partys presidential candidates on the campaign trail, such as debt-free college (the 12th-most important issue) or Medicare for all (the … [+2535 chars] [read the full story]

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feedback@businessinsider.com (Business Insider Intelligence), Business Insider Intelligence, 2019-12-02T15:54:00Z

Overview: Business Insider Intelligence By now you’ve already been bombarded with promotional offers for Cyber Monday Discounts, savings, and sales will be everywhere! So we’re highlighting an extraordinary offer to you – in fact, it’s our best offer this year, period.…

By now you’ve already been bombarded with promotional offers for Cyber Monday Discounts, savings, and sales will be everywhere!
So we’re highlighting an extraordinary offer to you – in fact, it’s our best offer this year, period. Our Cyber Monday Special get… [+1501 chars] [read the full story]

AARP Distances Itself From Susan Collins Ad Touting Its Support

Hayley Miller, 2019-12-03T17:20:44Z

Overview: The group said it “did not authorize or participate in the production of the advertisement targeting House Speaker Sara Gideon.”

AARP released a statement distancing itself from a political ad that touted the group’s past support for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
“We have a proud history of non-partisan voter engagement,” AARP Maine State Director Lori Parham said in the statement Wed… [+2787 chars] [read the full story]

Why is Elizabeth Warren falling in the polls? Blame Medicare-for-all.

W. James Antle III, 2019-12-04T10:55:01Z

Overview: Before Elizabeth Warren had “a plan for that,” the GOP had its own man with a plan. A decade ago, Paul Ryan championed a “roadmap” to curb the national debt and rein in entitlement spending through free-market reforms of the big programs that benefit the elde…

Before Elizabeth Warren had “a plan for that,” the GOP had its own man with a plan. A decade ago, Paul Ryan championed a “roadmap” to curb the national debt and rein in entitlement spending through free-market reforms of the big programs that benefit the elde… [+4609 chars] [read the full story]

Democrats Increasingly Vocal in Calling ‘Medicare for All’ a Political Liability & 9 more stories

Democrats Increasingly Vocal in Calling ‘Medicare for All’ a Political Liability, by Lisa Lerer and Katie Glueck, published 2019-11-26T10:34:25Z

Top Story: Party leaders are describing the health care proposal that appeals to the party’s left as a risky bet that could neutralize one of the Democrats’ prime issues in 2020.

The politics are horrible for the Democratic Party, thats my judgment, said Ms. Heitkamp, who lost her seat representing North Dakota last year and is now heading up an effort to win rural voters. Were making the issue about our plan rather than what the pres… [+1762 chars] [read the full story]

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new Plan Finder platform is misleading seniors

feedback@businessinsider.com (Zachary Hendrickson), Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-11-27T15:53:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. The Centers for Medicare and M…

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) updated Medicare Plan Finder tool has reportedly been malfunctioning throughout this year’s Medicare open enrollment period, offering some users incorrect price estimates and coverage information, accordi… [+4466 chars] [read the full story]

Smooth Bernie Sanders slow-jams the news, quotes Lizzo on Jimmy Fallon

Amanda Yeo, 2019-11-27T05:59:04Z

Overview: On Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Senator Bernie Sanders got behind the mic to take his turn at slow-jamming the news. Though it’s likely no political slow-jammer will ever top President Barack Obama, Senator Sanders demonstrated…

On Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Senator Bernie Sanders got behind the mic to take his turn at slow-jamming the news. Though it’s likely no political slow-jammer will ever top President Barack Obama, Senator Sanders demonstrated… [+862 chars] [read the full story]

When to Peak? Amy Klobuchar Has Given It Some Thought

Lisa Lerer, 2019-11-26T21:04:05Z

Overview: Ms. Klobuchar’s campaign operation is expanding as some rivals’ are contracting. “I’m hearing more talk about Amy,” a New Hampshire Democratic leader said. “People have heard from the other candidates and they’re still looking.”

As he waited for Ms. Klobuchar to address a small crowd on a rainy Friday afternoon, Stan Lloyd, 68, ticked off the qualities that have kept Ms. Klobuchar on his list of potential candidates to support.
Shes a Midwestern woman from a liberal state, allowing… [+1288 chars] [read the full story]

Amazon Alexa now boasts medication management features

feedback@businessinsider.com (Zachary Hendrickson), Zachary Hendrickson, 2019-11-29T16:31:00Z

Overview: This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Health Pro subscribers earlier this morning. To get this story plus others to your inbox each day, hours before they’re published on Business Insider, click here. Amazon rolled out a new medica…

Amazon rolled out a new medication management feature for its Alexa users that will allow customers of Giant Eagle Pharmacy, a regional pharmacy chain in the Midwest and East Coast, to set medication reminders and order refills using the voice assistant.
Bu… [+3708 chars] [read the full story]

Pete Buttigieg Releases His Plan For Securing Long-Term Care

Abigail Abrams, 2019-11-25T11:00:01Z

Overview: For Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the issue of long-term care is personal. When his father was dying last January, he and his mother grappled with the possibility of having to arrange long-term care for him. Beca…

For Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the issue of long-term care is personal.
When his father was dying last January, he and his mother grappled with the possibility of having to arrange long-term care for him. Be… [+6929 chars] [read the full story]

Outside the Box: Open enrollment tools still favor Medicare Advantage

Max Richtman, 2019-11-29T14:34:36Z

Overview: Seniors need better information on their options to make important health care choices.

Medicare open enrollment season is supposed to be a time when enrollees can choose the best coverage based on accurate, unbiased information from the federal government. Unfortunately, the Trump administrations enrollment tools show a continuing bias toward p… [+6879 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare for all is not entirely efficient

Tyler Cowen, 2019-11-26T05:36:01Z

Overview: There is increasing interest in expanding Medicare health insurance coverage in the U.S., but it is not clear whether the current program is the right foundation on which to build. Traditional Medicare covers a uniform set of benefits for all income groups an…

There is increasing interest in expanding Medicare health insurance coverage in the U.S., but it is not clear whether the current program is the right foundation on which to build. Traditional Medicare covers a uniform set of benefits for all income groups an… [+1220 chars] [read the full story]

Medicare for All’s jobs problem

rpradhan@politico.com (Rachana Pradhan), 2019-11-25T10:08:19Z

Overview: The big Democratic talking point has a big political weakness: It could wipe out thousands of jobs in places like Pittsburgh that have built their new economies on health care.

This question has particular resonance in this part of Pennsylvania, a must-win swing state in the presidential race, which has already seen massive job dislocation from the decline of manufacturing. As Pittsburghs iconic steel industry has been gutted, the c… [+8367 chars] [read the full story]

Health care: How plans from Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren stack up & 11 more stories

Health care: How plans from Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren stack up, by Tami Luhby and Gregory Krieg, CNN, published 2019-11-21T02:33:53Z

Top Story: At first glance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s introductory “Medicare for All” option looks similar to the proposals championed by former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

(CNN)At first glance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s introductory “Medicare for All” option looks similar to the proposals championed by former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
All threewould offer government-run health insura… [+6433 chars] [read the full story]

Buttigieg Was a Target. But No One Was Attacked Like Warren.

Peter Suderman, 2019-11-21T04:19:29Z

Overview: The debate was often a referendum on a politician who has presented a challenge to the party.

That criticism, both technical and philosophical, continued in an inevitable segment about Medicare for All with Ms. Warren facing criticism from both her left and right flanks. In previous debates, Ms. Warren avoided saying exactly how she would pay for the … [+1965 chars] [read the full story]

The Danger of Elizabeth Warren

Thomas B. Edsall, 2019-11-20T11:00:07Z

Overview: Even if she wins the presidency — hardly a sure bet — she may jeopardize Democrats in the House and the Senate.

Warrens plan would be free for children under the age of 18 and for families making at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $51,000 for a family of four) and provide every person in America the choice to get coverage through a true Medicar… [+4037 chars] [read the full story]

How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Josh Ocampo, 2019-11-20T14:30:00Z

Overview: Once again, it’s time for another Democratic presidential debate in the 2020 race. This round, we’ll witness just 10 candidates take the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, representing a slowly dwindling pool of qualifying presidential hopefuls (though it remains to …

Once again, its time for another Democratic presidential debate in the 2020 race. This round, well witness just 10 candidates take the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, representing a slowly dwindling pool of qualifying presidential hopefuls (though it remains to be… [+1164 chars] [read the full story]

Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on ‘Medicare for All’ ahead of next debate

Joseph Ax, 2019-11-19T11:13:52Z

Overview: Perhaps no issue has divided the field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls more than the debate over “Medicare for All.”

(Reuters) – Perhaps no issue has divided the field of Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls more than the debate over “Medicare for All.”
Progressive candidates favor the sweeping proposal, which would replace private health insurance with a single governme… [+6879 chars] [read the full story]

Fact-Checking the November Democratic Debate

The New York Times, 2019-11-21T04:01:37Z

Overview: Our reporters are following all of the exchanges and fact-checking the candidates, providing context and explanation on the policy debates.

Among elected officials, support is softer. Mr. Biden is correct that a Medicare for all bill would be unlikely to pass in the current House of Representatives, despite Democratic control. A Medicare for all bill sponsored by Representative Pramila Jayapal of… [+2454 chars] [read the full story]

Healthcare tangles in Democratic White House race could carry risk in 2020, polls show

Joseph Ax, 2019-11-20T10:21:24Z

Overview: A trio of polls released ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate showed a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, but offered conflicting signals about whether the proposed healthcare overhaul could hurt the party in the November 2020 gene…

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A trio of polls released ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate showed a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, but offered conflicting signals about whether the proposed healthcare overhaul could hurt the… [+3146 chars] [read the full story]

Too Far Left? Some Candidates Don’t Buy the Argument

Jennifer Medina and Lisa Lerer, 2019-11-17T04:16:11Z

Overview: One day after former President Barack Obama cautioned against being out of touch with voters, Democratic candidates said there was a winner among them.

I dont think that anybody in this campaign has articulated a vision for the future of the country that would not command a majority of voters in November of 2020, he said. Their vision for the future of the country is much better and will be more popular than… [+1744 chars] [read the full story]

When Republicans say “How will you pay for Medicare for All?” Democrats should answer: “Mexico will pay for it”

Cory Doctorow, 2019-11-20T14:42:07Z

Overview: The “pay-for game” is that gotcha game that Conservatives like to play, wherein the ridiculous boondoggles favored by the right (billions for Trump’s wall, more than a trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, massive increases in Pentagon and intelligence agency…

The “pay-for game” is that gotcha game that Conservatives like to play, wherein the ridiculous boondoggles favored by the right (billions for Trump’s wall, more than a trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, massive increases in Pentagon and intelligence agency… [+4639 chars] [read the full story]

Outside the Box: The success of Medicare Advantage makes it a better policy choice than ‘Medicare for All’

Geoffrey Joyce, 2019-11-19T10:39:22Z

Overview: This public-private partnership is delivering high-quality health care at comparatively low cost.

Its hunting season for health insurers, commonly referred to as open enrollment. People over 65 who turn on their TV or open their mailbox from late October through November cant escape advertisements from private health insurers offering so-called Medicare A… [+6136 chars] [read the full story]

Should I Report Officiants Who Won’t Marry Same-Sex Couples?

Kwame Anthony Appiah, 2019-11-19T10:00:02Z

Overview: The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on outing wedding vendors that won’t work with L.G.B.T.Q. couples and the problem with exploiting emergency-room services.

By law, E.R.s are required to medically screen and stabilize all patients. What this means is that any person can come to the emergency room with any medical complaint and be given a warm place to stay until said medical complaint is evaluated. While this law… [+3131 chars] [read the full story]

Where Do Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg Stand On Major 2020 Issues? & 11 more stories

Where Do Deval Patrick and Michael Bloomberg Stand On Major 2020 Issues?, by Josh Ocampo, published 2019-11-14T18:45:00Z

Top Story: If we’ve learned anything from the news this week, besides updates of President Trump’s alleged ties to Ukraine, it’s that it’s never too late to enter a presidential race. On Thursday morning, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially threw his …

If weve learned anything from the news this week, besides updates of President Trumps alleged ties to Ukraine, its that its never too late to enter a presidential race. On Thursday morning, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially threw his hat … [+3124 chars] [read the full story]

Opinion: Warren’s Medicare for All plan won’t raise taxes on middle class, economist says

Mark Zandi for CNN Business Perspectives, 2019-11-13T18:38:53Z

Overview: It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Medicare for All. That’s why I’m impressed that Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign reached out to me to independently review her proposed financing plan for the program. Her numbers add up and her plan fully finances the …

Mark Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. He was an advisor to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
It’s no secret that I’m… [+5336 chars] [read the full story]

Biden hits Warren’s ‘you do it my way’ attitude and 3 other CNN town hall takeaways

Eric Bradner, CNN, 2019-11-12T04:51:10Z

Overview: Joe Biden renewed his attacks against Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Monday, pointing to her advocacy for “Medicare for All” and saying it comes from an elitist belief that Americans shouldn’t be allowed to make up their own minds on health care.

(CNN)Joe Biden renewed his attacks against Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Monday, pointing to her advocacy for “Medicare for All” and saying it comes from an elitist belief that Americans shouldn’t be allowed to make up their own minds on health ca… [+6922 chars] [read the full story]

Largest U.S. Registered Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders

Sara Boboltz, 2019-11-12T22:55:39Z

Overview: National Nurses United touted the 2020 Democrat’s “Medicare for All” plan.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign got a boost Tuesday from the nation’s largest registered nurses union, earning praise for his longtime support for workers’ rights and his “trailblazing leadership” on “Medicare for All.”
The endorsement from Nation… [+1777 chars] [read the full story]

Biden’s Attacks on Warren Turn Personal, Drawing Some Complaints of Sexism

Katie Glueck and Thomas Kaplan, 2019-11-10T16:45:10Z

Overview: By calling Warren’s approach “condescending,” “angry” and elitist, Biden and his allies are making a risky case against a female candidate. He says the criticism has nothing to do with gender.

Mr. Biden is hardly dismissing Ms. Warren as a professor. And his campaign noted that he had used words like elitist and angry to describe Republican men before. His allies are also trying to tap into increasingly vocal pushback against Medicare for all and i… [+1714 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Draws Contrast With Elizabeth Warren On ‘Medicare For All’

Daniel Marans, 2019-11-15T23:29:42Z

Overview: But the Vermont senator declined to criticize his progressive Democratic rival.

In an effort to distinguish himself from rival presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders emphasized on Friday that if elected president, he would immediately pursue the complete enactment of a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system, … [+2152 chars] [read the full story]

Elizabeth Warren Pledges To Pass ‘Medicare For All’ Within Three Years Of Taking Office

Igor Bobic, 2019-11-15T20:07:33Z

Overview: The candidate says she’ll enact a public option plan within her first 100 days as president and then move to set up a true universal health care system.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled a new plan on Friday to pass major legislation expanding health care within 100 days as president and to get a Medicare for All government-run health care system enacted by her third year in office.
The proposal lays … [+4334 chars] [read the full story]

Crowdfunding to help science fiction great Mike Resnick pay off the medical bills from a near-death experience

Cory Doctorow, 2019-11-15T19:44:36Z

Overview: Mitch Wagner writes, “Talented and prolific science fiction writer and editor Mike Resnick, who has written extensively over the course of a long career about colonialism and its legacies, with a particular focus and love for Africa, has had a near-death expe…

Mitch Wagner writes, “Talented and prolific science fiction writer and editor Mike Resnick, who has written extensively over the course of a long career about colonialism and its legacies, with a particular focus and love for Africa, has had a near-death expe… [+4149 chars] [read the full story]

Warren’s New Medicare for All Plan Is an Extremely Clever Dodge

Harry Cheadle, Kate Lowenstein, 2019-11-15T21:32:10Z

Overview: Her strategy of slowly phasing in government health insurance for everyone reveals a fundamental divide between her and Bernie Sanders.

Two weeks after Elizabeth Warren released her much-ballyhooed and Warrenishly detailed plan for how she would pay for Medicare for All, the 2020 contender released another proposal on Friday about how, as president, she would transition the country to a syste… [+4957 chars] [read the full story]

Rep. Lauren Underwood Invokes Serena Williams and Beyoncé to Call for ‘Urgency’ in Stopping Childbirth Deaths

Tara Law, 2019-11-15T04:11:16Z

Overview: Rep. Lauren Underwood said the United States must act with a “sense of urgency” to improve the prospects for young mothers—especially for African American women. In her tribute speech at Thursday night’s TIME 100 Next event, the Illinois Democrat and register…

Rep. Lauren Underwood said the United States must act with a “sense of urgency” to improve the prospects for young mothers—especially for African American women.
In her tribute speech at Thursday night’s TIME 100 Next event, the Illinois Democrat and registe… [+2830 chars] [read the full story]

Michael Bloomberg is running for president in 2020. Here’s everything we know about the candidate and how he stacks up against the competition.

Eliza Relman, 2019-11-11T22:51:22Z

Overview: Who is Michael Bloomberg? Current job: CEO of Bloomberg LP and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate. Age: 77 Family: Bloomberg has been in a relationship with Diana Taylor, the former New Yo…

Who is Michael Bloomberg?
Current job: CEO of Bloomberg LP and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Running for president of the United States as a Democratic candidate.
Age: 77
Family: Bloomberg has been in a relationship with Diana Taylor, the former New… [+5999 chars] [read the full story]

Warn Your Parents: Medicare Open-Enrollment Scams Are Coming & 10 more stories

Warn Your Parents: Medicare Open-Enrollment Scams Are Coming, by Lisa Rowan on Two Cents, shared by Lisa Rowan to Lifehacker, published 2019-11-04T20:30:00Z

Top Story: Open enrollment season is here, the time of year when just about everyone can make changes to their health care coverage without the restrictions you’d face the rest of the year. And while you may feel confident about the process for making changes to your ow…

Open enrollment season is here, the time of year when just about everyone can make changes to their health care coverage without the restrictions youd face the rest of the year. And while you may feel confident about the process for making changes to your own… [+3335 chars] [read the full story]

Editor’s Note: By law, health insurance agents cannot call you and begin pitching Medicare health insurance, including Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that all agents first complete a Scope of Appointment form. The Scope of Appointment form is a CMS requirement used to document an in-person appointment, including telephone appointment, on behalf of a beneficiary to ensure that no other types of products are discussed outside of what the beneficiary originally requested.

Warren Goes 1 for 2 on Medicare

David Leonhardt, 2019-11-03T22:56:04Z

Overview: The revenue ideas are pretty good. The plan is still a problem.

Warren has taken a different tack. She has pointed out that the health care system already has billions of dollars sloshing around in it and that this money can help pay for Medicare for All.
The details are complicated, but the overall framework is fairly s… [+2254 chars] [read the full story]

Evelyn Yang joins 2020 hopeful husband Andrew for first joint interview

null, 2019-11-03T14:42:01Z

Overview: Businessman Andrew Yang said he supports “Medicare for All” but would keep the option of private insurance. CNN’s Dana Bash speaks with Yang on the specifics of his plan during the first joint interview with his wife Evelyn.

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. [read the full story]

Democrats in Battleground States Prefer Moderate Nominee, Poll Shows

Jonathan Martin and Katie Glueck, 2019-11-08T10:00:21Z

Overview: A New York Times/Siena College survey in six key states also showed voters want a candidate who can work with Republicans.

It would be great for a woman to be president, said Mr. Stewart, of West Palm Beach. Mr. Stewart, a logistics manager, identifies as African-American. I believe in some of the thoughts she has about health care and equal rights for everybody.
As for Mr. Bide… [+1418 chars] [read the full story]

Biden Attacks Warren as a ‘My Way or the Highway’ Elitist

Katie Glueck, 2019-11-06T01:52:30Z

Overview: Joseph R. Biden Jr. escalated the war of words between the two leading Democratic candidates, painting Elizabeth Warren as unwilling to accept criticism of her plans.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren have clashed repeatedly over health care, especially as Ms. Warren has overtaken Mr. Biden in some early-state polls. Ms. Warren supports Medicare for all, an expansive government-run health insurance system that would all but elimina… [+1191 chars] [read the full story]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Launches a Very Ambitious Medicare for All Plan on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Sanya Mansoor, 2019-11-03T15:10:24Z

Overview: In a new Saturday Night Live cold open, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, played by Kate McKinnon, tries to sell her Medicare for All plan

In last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, played by Kate McKinnon, tries to convince the crowd at an Iowa public school to come on board with her Medicare for All plan.
Before launching into health care, which McKinnon’s Warren ca… [+1099 chars] [read the full story]

Did Bernie Sanders admit Medicare-for-all probably won’t pass?

Jon Walker, 2019-11-04T10:45:02Z

Overview: Bernie Sanders made a series of important admissions during an interview last week with CNBC’s John Harwood.In the interview, Sanders acknowledged that, even if we adopted all his currently proposed options to pay for Medicare-for-all, they would only cover h…

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Wake up, Democrats

David Leonhardt, 2019-11-05T15:40:27Z

Overview: You won’t beat Trump by taking unpopular positions.

The 2020 presidential candidates are making a grave mistake by ignoring the lessons of 2018. Im not saying they should run to the mythical center and support widespread deregulation or corporate tax cuts (which are also unpopular). They can still support all … [+1452 chars] [read the full story]

U.S. presidential contender Biden calls Warren jab ‘elitism’

Trevor Hunnicutt, 2019-11-06T03:01:34Z

Overview: U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden launched a new attack on one of his fiercest rivals in the Democratic party on Tuesday, accusing U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of “elitism” for dismissing his criticism of her healthcare plan.

(Reuters) – U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden launched a new attack on one of his fiercest rivals in the Democratic party on Tuesday, accusing U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of “elitism” for dismissing his criticism of her healthcare plan.
On Friday, War… [+2256 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders ramps up criticism of Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare for All plan, calling it ‘quite a hit’ for average workers

Joseph Zeballos-Roig, 2019-11-08T16:14:19Z

Overview: Sen. Bernie Sanders ramped up his criticism of his progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday, saying her Medicare for All plan would be “quite a hit” for average workers and employers. During an interview for the “Deconstructed” podcast hosted by jo…

Sen. Bernie Sanders ramped up his criticism of his progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying her Medicare for All would be “quite a hit” to average workers and employers.
During an interview for the “Deconstructed” podcast hosted by journalist Mehdi Ha… [+3267 chars] [read the full story]