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The ACA bailed out the industry in 2010, which is once again calling for more government subsidies to stay in business. A just-released estimate by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acknowledges that the three-year risk corridor deficit from 2014 through 2016 for insurer losses will exceed $14 billion. (4)

Medical students and their colleagues in other health professions are looking for a simplified system with universal access for all Americans to necessary care based on the principle that health care is a human right. That approach has been adopted for many years, in one way or another, by almost all advanced countries, while the U. S. remains by far the most expensive system with worse access and quality of care than most of these countries.

Despite grudging acceptance of EHRs by most physicians, they are here to stay.

Mylan’s EpiPen story is a classic poster child for continued corporate greed that knows no bounds.

Conservative politicians, including both Republicans and many Democrats, have long been wary of a single-payer public financing system for national health insurance (NHI). They go out of their way to denigrate the Canadian system, even though it is extremely popular in Canada since its enactment in the 1970s, is tied to a private delivery system, and is more efficient and less bureaucratic with better outcomes than our far more expensive system.

A common myth among opponents of single-payer national health insurance (NHI) is that it would cost too much and break the bank. This belief is based in part upon an assumption that patients would overuse health care if they gained access to it without any cost-sharing when they seek care. Cost-sharing has been a lynchpin […]

The TPP will make all this even worse. If ratified in this country, as it could be in a lame duck Congress after the November elections, the TPP would drive drug prices in the U. S. even higher than they now are, limit competition further, and prevent the government from negotiating drug prices, as the Veterans Administration has done for many years, successfully gaining discounts of about 42 percent.

This is in effect a last ditch holdup of the federal government as the industry faces a future of less profitability unless it once again gets its way for further subsidization.

NHI would bring us public financing tied to a private delivery system, not a government takeover as conservatives claim

The rising burden of health care costs is unsustainable for patients, families, and taxpayers. We will have to deal with it sooner than later. When that time comes, we will have to take a societal perspective in deciding, based on scientific evidence, what services can be provided for all Americans, not just the most affluent among us.

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