Archive for January 2013

Big Pharma Buys Off The Senate

An eleventh-hour loophole in the “fiscal cliff” deal confirms our worst suspicions about how Congress operates. By Bill Moyers – The inauguration of a president is one of those spectacles of democracy that can make us remember we’re part of something big and enduring. So for a few hours this past Monday, the pomp and…

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U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries

U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialized countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis. By Carey L. Biron for Alternet – U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday. Of 17 high-income countries looked…

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Vermont Single-Payer Financing Plan Released

By Andrew Stein for VTDigger.org – The Shumlin administration released two financing plans Thursday evening: one for funding a publicly financed health care system and another to pay for portions of the state’s new health benefit exchange. The much-anticipated single-payer financing plan provides more of a map of the state’s health care finance landscape than…

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Top CEOs Plan to Loot US Social Programs

By Margaret Flowers for Al Jazeera – A top CEO plan to curb social programs will be bad for everyone – except them. The new recommendations for Social Security and Medicare released by the Business Round Table are beyond belief. It’s as if the people who wrote them never gaze outside of the tinted windows…

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Many Medicaid Patients Could Face Higher Fees

By Robert Pear for the New York Times – Millions of low-income people could be required to pay more for health care under a proposed federal policy that would give states more freedom to impose co-payments and other charges on Medicaid patients. Hoping to persuade states to expand Medicaid, the Obama administration said state Medicaid…

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Labor Campaign Pushes Healthcare as a Human Right

By Micah Uetricht for The Nation – As most American progressives know, nearly every industrialized country in the world has a government-funded health care program—except the US. Not as many of us know, however, that in nearly all of those countries, organized labor was a central player in fighting for and defending those systems. The…

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McDermott Lands Top Dem Spot on Healthcare Panel

By Sam Baker for The Hill – Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) snagged the top spot on a key healthcare subcommittee, House Democrats announced Tuesday. McDermott is now the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. The top spot opened up after former Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) lost his reelection bid in November,…

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For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health

By Sabrina Tavernise for the New York Times – Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States. Researchers have known for…

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Health Care and Profits, a Poor Mix

By Eduardo Porter for the New York Times – Thirty years ago, Bonnie Svarstad and Chester Bond of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered an interesting pattern in the use of sedatives at nursing homes in the south of the state. Patients entering church-affiliated nonprofit homes were prescribed drugs roughly as…

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Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

By Reed Abelson for the New York Times – Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the…

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