Health Policy for Activists Category

Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men. – John Adams, second president of the United States

2017 could well be the year for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill in the House. Now is a moment calling for political courage and will.

We should ask why we still don’t have an ongoing, evidence-based mechanism to evaluate the comparative clinical and cost effectiveness of health services. The answer is that it has been opposed successfully to date by the economic and political power of the vested interests that profit from the status quo of our deregulated marketplace.

This situation is not sustainable. Our corporatized (health care) system is failing the public interest and continues on without any semblance of social responsibility.

This situation is not sustainable. Our corporatized (health care) system is failing the public interest and continues on without any semblance of social responsibility.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted a proposal by Hillary Clinton to bring back the public option as part of the Affordable Care Act, described as a move to the left toward Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal. Her further suggestion was to consider voluntary buy-in to Medicare for people 50 or […]

The corporate media continue to posture that they are covering the real news. But their investigative capacity has been largely diminished through under-funding by corporate chiefs.

Neither the ACA nor GOP options will make health care more affordable or accessible. Single-payer NHI is the only alternative that will achieve universal coverage in an affordable and sustainable way. A strong case for it has been made elsewhere on economic, sociopolitical, and moral grounds.

This really is a perilous moment in the history of U. S. health care. The ACA is fundamentally flawed—a bailout to a failing private health insurance industry and other corporate stakeholders in the medical-industrial complex. Tweaks around the edges of the ACA will never bring us cost containment in a sustainable way. If Republicans gain more control of Congress, and even the presidency in 2017, health care for much of our population will get much worse in terms of access, affordability, and quality. Research over many years has shown that the majority of Americans want NHI.

As documented in Michael Corcoran’s excellent piece recently in Truthout, Hillary has received more money from the pharmaceutical industry than any other candidate in either party during the 2016 election cycle, while health care industries have paid her $2.8 million in speaking fees between 2013 and 2015. (11) She clearly has conflicts of interest and is posturing about her commitment to real health care reform.

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