Let Them Die! / by Greg Godels

Why the US has lower life expectancy than other countries | MDLinx In the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s satirical world (A Modest Proposal), we might facetiously attribute the recent decline in US life expectancy to a concerted effort to strengthen the social safety net. Politicians have been maintaining for decades that it would be necessaryContinue reading “Let Them Die! / by Greg Godels”

Architects of Medicare Privatization: Congress, Biden and the CMS / by Sandra M. Fox

Photograph Source: Molly Adams – CC BY 2.0 Originally published in Counterpunch, December 30, 2021 It is easy and appropriate to target the private health insurance companies who earn excessive profits from the Medicare Trust Fund through Medicare Advantage plans, especially given the well-documented evidence of overcharging and fraud. But it is essential that we remember that itContinue reading “Architects of Medicare Privatization: Congress, Biden and the CMS / by Sandra M. Fox”

Republicans Will Never Stop Trying to Destroy Social Security / by Ben Beckett

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference with House Republicans outside the US Capitol on March 11, 2021. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images) GOP leaders are threatening to cut Social Security and Medicare if they take back the House this fall. Elected Democrats won’t have the will or power to stopContinue reading “Republicans Will Never Stop Trying to Destroy Social Security / by Ben Beckett”

Opinion: How to Stop the GOP From Killing Medicare, Social Security, and Us / by Thom Hartmann

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in the Visitors Center Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol on July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford – Pool/Getty Images) The Republican Party is quite literally taking aim at the lives of low-income and working-class people of thisContinue reading “Opinion: How to Stop the GOP From Killing Medicare, Social Security, and Us / by Thom Hartmann”

Sanders Joins Chorus Demanding Rejection of Amazon’s One Medical Purchase / by Kenny Stancil

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a rally in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2021. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) “The function of a rational healthcare system is to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, not make billionaires like Jeff Bezos even richer,” said the Vermont senator. Sen. Bernie Sanders on ThursdayContinue reading “Sanders Joins Chorus Demanding Rejection of Amazon’s One Medical Purchase / by Kenny Stancil”

The Stealth Privatization of Medicare Is a Big Boon to Wall Street / by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

via AFL-CIO The Biden administration recently expanded on Donald Trump’s efforts to privatize Medicare. Now patients are being assigned to new private plans without their consent, and private equity firms and major health care companies are the ones profiting. The Joe Biden administration’s recent entrenchment and expansion of the Donald Trump administration’s efforts to privatize Medicare isContinue reading “The Stealth Privatization of Medicare Is a Big Boon to Wall Street / by Matthew Cunningham-Cook”

Wall Street moves to privatize Medicare / by Tim Wheeler

via AFL-CIO SEATTLE—Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., is leading the struggle to block medical insurance profiteers from privatizing Medicare, a scheme covertly launched by former President Donald Trump and continued in a new guise by the Biden administration. Jayapal sent a letter Jan. 5 to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Medicaid Administrator ChiquitaContinue reading “Wall Street moves to privatize Medicare / by Tim Wheeler”

Biden administration bent on privatizing traditional Medicare / by Diane Archer

There appears to be little light any more between corporate health care and government health care or even between government health care-speak and corporate health care-speak. In the latest government push to privatize traditional Medicare–“ACO REACH”–insurer and investor middlemen will responsible for assuming risk and paying claims. The Biden administration claims its goal is “value-basedContinue reading “Biden administration bent on privatizing traditional Medicare / by Diane Archer”