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CEO Richard Master Masterminds Full Medicare for All

Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone, with free choice of doctors and hospitals, appear to be going nowhere, from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality. Throwing down the gauntlet on the grounds of efficiency and humanness, businessman Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., the nation’s leading supplier of wall and poster frames, is bent on arousing the nation’s business leaders to back single-payer – the efficient full Medicare for all – solution. The woefully wasteful and profiteering health care industries have blocked majority opinion, and a majority of physicians and nurses, to keep the present sky-high costly system in place, that receives huge taxpayer subsidies without any reasonable, and meaningful, price restraints. Health care companies exploit the… Read More

Medicare’s victims

Last month marked fifty years since Congress created the Medicare program.  Medicare is often pointed to as proof that yes, Virginia, government can run a health care program that provides quality care to its beneficiaries. Even many of those who argue the program needs massive changes in order to avoid bankruptcy agree that the Medicare model is an effective way of guaranteeing health care to America’s seniors. But does Medicare really provide effective and  compassionate care? Dr. David Hogberg’s, health care policy annalist for the National Center for Public Policy Research, new book, Medicare’s Victims: How the U.S. Government’s Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians answers this question. In case the title does not give it away, the answer is NO. Dr. Hogberg also addressed this issue in an article… Read More

Why Medicare-For-All Makes More Sense Now Than Ever

Private health insurance drives up costs for everyone. Medicare — signed into law fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965 — was supposed to be just the first step. For the fifty years before Medicare’s enactment, progressives had fought unsuccessfully for universal, government-provided health insurance. In 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive Party platform advocated universal, government-sponsored, health insurance, but he was defeated in his quest for another term as president. In 1917, the California legislature approved universal health insurance, and the governor supported it, but a 1918 ballot resolution defeated the measure after a massive, well-financed business and physician-fueled campaign against it. President Franklin Roosevelt seriously considered including national health insurance in his 1935 Social Security legislation, but decided against it out of fear that it would bring down the entire legislative… Read More

Thank You Obamacare – California Health Insurance Costs Spike Up To 88% In 2014

If you like your disposable income… forget it. Health-care insurance premiums for individuals in California rose between 22% and 88% in 2014 from last year, even after the federal health-care overhaul. This has led, as Bloomberg reports, to Proposition 45 – a bill that would grant regulatory say on proposed premium increases. “Unless Proposition 45 is passed we are going to continue to see dramatic year-over-year increases,” warned Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. As Bloomberg reports, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said, a Democrat, is pushing a statewide ballot measure for November known as Proposition 45 that would give him regulatory say on proposed premium increases. The measure is opposed by insurance companies, which have said that it would actually cause rates to rise while harming the quality of care. “Unless Proposition 45 is… Read More

CBS: More Than Two Million Americans Being Dropped From Their Health Insurance Plans

Source: Washington Free Beacon CBS This Morning reported Tuesday more than two million Americans will not be able to renew their current health insurance policies because of Obamacare. That is said to be more than triple the number of people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Correspondent Jan Crawford called the number “just the tip of the iceberg … despite the president’s assurances to the contrary,” referring to Obama’s infamous pledge that people who like their plan will be able to keep it under Obamacare. Those numbers are certain to go even higher, Crawford said, with some companies telling CBS they have sent letters but not disclosing how many. Industry experts like Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation said the insurance companies have no choice because of Obamacare, forcing them to… Read More

Consumers Abandoning Healthcare.gov

By Stephen Lendman   Steve Lendman Blog Can you blame them? According to Digital Trends (DT), “more than $500 million” was spent creating “the digital equivalent of a rock.” DT’s source is the General Accounting Office (GAO). Most spending went for contracts, saying: “CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) data indicated that the agency spent almost $394 million from fiscal year 2010 through March 31, 2013, through contracts to complete activities to establish the FFEs and the data hub and carry out certain other exchange-related activities.” FFE’s are federally administrative exchanges. They include Healthcare.gov and Washington run state exchanges. Other costs went for salaries and administrative expense. CGI Federal is Healthcare.gov’s lead contractor. It got $93.7 million for failure. It’s done lots of previous government work. Former employee/whistleblower Benjamin Ashmore sued.… Read More

2013: Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans

These billionaire industrialists are pressuring states to deny health coverage to the people who need it most. Conservative advocates funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch have launched a massive campaign pressuring states to deny health care coverage to lower income Americans through the Medicaid expansion contained in the Affordable Care Act. The effort, orchestrated by the group Americans for Prosperity, is targeting lawmakers in Virginia tasked with deciding whether the state should accept federal dollars to provide insurance to individuals and families below 133 percent of the federal poverty line ($31,321 in income for a family of four). Volunteers with the organization are distributing flyers through door-to-door canvassing, attending committee hearings, and according to one lawmakers who has become a target of the campaign, intimidating constituents.   As many as 400,000 Virginians… Read More

2013: I Would Be Dead Without Health Insurance — GOPers Trying to Kill Obamacare Are Also Killing People

The right’s crusade against health insurance is more than just evil and cruel, it’s evil, cruel and incredibly stupid. Huh. That looks weird. Has that always looked like that? I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the back of my calves. I’m sure you don’t spend a lot looking at yours. Kind of like the dark side of the moon, they’re on the dark side of your body. And they’re not interesting enough to make a special effort. What do the backs of our calves do all day long? Who knows, they could be plotting to overthrow the government and we’d never notice. But for some reason a few months ago I did look at the back of my right calf. And I noticed that a mole I’d had there… Read More