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]