Tag: Health Insurance and Managed Care

How Elizabeth Warren Got to ‘Yes’ on Medicare for All

Two days before Senator Elizabeth Warren rolled out a fundamental reimagining of America’s health care and tax system — a $20.5 trillion package that would dwarf all her previous plans combined — she was working the phones to personally preview her proposal and sell it to a select group of political influencers. One was Paul […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Backup Backup Health Plan

ImageA president can do a lot through executive authority. Elizabeth Warren has offered a peek at what health care policy might look like in a Warren administration.Credit…Elizabeth Frantz for The New York Times The Democratic presidential candidates have been fighting over whether they should try to replace the health insurance system with a single government-run […]

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Elizabeth Warren Vows to Expand Health Coverage in First 100 Days

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to pass major health care legislation in her first 100 days as president, unveiling a new, detailed plan to significantly expand public health insurance coverage as a first step, and promising to pass a “Medicare for all” system that would cover all Americans by the end of […]

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Some of Trump’s Most Devious Lies Are About Health Care

As Democrats debate the best way to achieve universal coverage and lower health care costs, the Trump administration has a different approach to the challenges of our current system. It’s working overtime to make the system more fragile for the sick and the poor, even as it misrepresents to Congress and the American public what […]

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Major Nurses’ Union Backs Bernie Sanders and His Push for ‘Medicare for All’

WASHINGTON — The country’s largest nurses’ union will endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president this week, a significant boost to his campaign from a major ally in the fight for his signature health care proposal. The union, National Nurses United, fervently supported Mr. Sanders’s last bid for the White House in 2016, and its members […]

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Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman of Health Care Giant, Dies at 60

Bernard J. Tyson, the chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, the large and influential California health care organization that many view as a model for the rest of the country, died on Sunday. He was 60. In a statement, the company said he had unexpectedly died in his sleep but gave no other details. […]

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Where Michael Bloomberg Stands on the Issues

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a billionaire, is likely to enter the Democratic presidential primary. Here’s a look at where he stands on some of the major issues in the race. Gun control There is no issue with which Mr. Bloomberg is more popularly identified than gun control. He is […]

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Can’t Pay the Medical Bill? Your Hospital Might Sue

WISE, Va. — When a judge hears civil cases at the courthouse in this southwest Virginia town two days a month, many of the lawsuits have a common plaintiff: the local hospital, Ballad Health, suing patients over unpaid medical bills. On a Thursday in August, 102 of the 160 cases on the docket were brought […]

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Early Problems as Trump’s Signature Veterans’ Health Plan Rolls Out

WASHINGTON — A health program for veterans that President Trump heralds as a triumphant success is struggling to make its network of doctors as large as required to meet an aggressive expansion of care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities, officials said. The company managing the new program in a majority of the […]

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Judge Overturns Trump-Backed ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Workers

A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday overturned the Trump administration’s expanded “conscience” rule, which would have made it easier for the government to punish health care institutions or states and cities with the loss of federal funds if they did not allow workers to object to abortion and other medical procedures on religious or […]

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Elizabeth Warren Is Asking the Most Important Question on Health Care

Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren released the much-anticipated financing details of her Medicare for All proposal. And they look good — too good, critics say. She has managed to outline a plan that could, in theory, finance generous universal care without a middle-class tax increase. Experts and opponents are diving in, and they’re already finding […]

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Attack of the Wall Street Snowflakes

Given all the recent focus on health policy, you might think that the medical-industrial complex would be heavily involved in the Democratic primary race, going all-out to block Elizabeth Warren. And a coalition of drug companies, insurers and hospitals is indeed running ads attacking “Medicare for all.” But the health industry’s political role has been […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Pay for Medicare for All

To the Editor: Re “Warren Unveils Medicare for All at $20.5 Trillion” (front page, Nov. 2): Hooray for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s health plan. If adopted, every citizen, finally, would have health insurance, and America’s astronomical medical costs would be arrested. A political blunder? Not once the senator’s public education campaign takes hold and puts into […]

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Elizabeth Warren Shouldn’t Be the Only One With a Plan

Laying the table for the next Democratic debate, Elizabeth Warren has issued a plan that explains how she would fund what she calls Medicare for All. She had studiously avoided saying whether it would raise taxes for the middle class, and in her proposal, she says (repeatedly) it will not. It will instead be financed […]

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Warren Goes 1 for 2 on Medicare

Health care will cost the average American person about $11,000 this year. We pay some of those costs directly, through premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. Other costs are shrouded, paid through taxes and employer contributions. Either way, the combined total is staggering, easily the world’s highest and more than twice as much per person as […]

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Billionaires Only? Warren Errs in Saying Whom Her Health Plan Would Tax

WASHINGTON — When Senator Elizabeth Warren laid out her plan for “Medicare for all” on Friday, she said she would raise taxes on the top 1 percent of households to help pay for it. The middle class, she said, would not pay “one penny” more. On Saturday night, Ms. Warren presented an even narrower description […]

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Judge Blocks Trump’s Plan to Bar Immigrants Who Can’t Pay for Health Care

A federal judge on Saturday blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would require immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa, according to an official from a group battling the policy in court. The ruling, by Judge Michael Simon of the […]

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Innovative Drugs Save Lives Only if People Can Afford Them

A bill now making its way through the House could finally provide relief from the sky-high drug prices that have become a hallmark of the American health care industry. But to get there, Americans will need to accept a trade-off that other advanced nations have long since come around to: Slightly fewer new drugs will […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Health Care Albatross

Between the collapse of George W. Bush’s presidency and the rise of Donald Trump, the Republican Party was a more ideological institution than the Democratic Party. Both parties had litmus tests and orthodoxies, but the G.O.P. had more of a “movement” spirit, reflecting the conservatism that had captured it, and ideological enforcers had more influence […]

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