Tag: Medicare

Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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Tech Meets Health Care, Sometimes Shakily

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Katie Thomas, who covers health and is based in Chicago, discussed the tech she’s using. As a health care reporter, what are your most important tech tools for doing your work? I mostly work from home near Chicago, and […]

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A Question Rarely Asked: What Would Medicare for All Cover?

ImageMedical students at a rally outside a Chicago hotel where the American Medical Association was holding its annual meeting in June.CreditJoshua Lott for The New York Times In the first congressional hearing held on “Medicare for all” in April, Michael Burgess, a Republican congressman from Texas and a physician, called such a proposal “frightening” because […]

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Democrats Are Having the Wrong Health Care Debate

As this week’s Democratic debates made clear, the party is divided on how to improve health care for Americans. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others are for a single-payer Medicare for All system. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and others want an incremental approach building on the Affordable Care Act. But candidates who are […]

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Joe Biden Is Learning That Liberals Eat Their Own

As a conservative watching the Democratic debates, one of the most astonishing aspects of the multicandidate assault on Joe Biden was that the case against him seems to be based in large measure on his role in two generations of Democratic victories. His “crimes” consist partly in playing crucial roles in the political successes of […]

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Joe Biden Did Fine, and That Might Have Been Enough

One month after a wobbly debate performance that reinforced the perceived weaknesses of the ostensible front-runner — Is he too old? Too nostalgically moderate? Too politically brittle to defend himself when challenged? — former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. settled behind his center-stage lectern on Wednesday night and supplied some answers: He is still […]

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Democratic Debate Turns Ferocious Over Health Care

WASHINGTON — It took only one question — the very first — in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate to make it clear that the issue that united the party in last year’s congressional elections in many ways now divides it. When Jake Tapper of CNN asked Senator Bernie Sanders whether his Medicare for All […]

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What I’ll Be Looking for Tonight

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The second round of Democratic primary debates begins tonight in Detroit, followed by another debate on the same stage Wednesday night. Most analysts expect confrontation, because these are the last debates before the standards for qualifying get […]

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Fix Our Health Care System. Don’t Try to Make It Perfect.

When did so many of our elected leaders become so uncompromising on health care? Was it the moment when many in the Democratic field raised their hands in support of providing subsidized health insurance to all undocumented immigrants? That’s a position that even our peer countries with better coverage rates have yet to embrace. Maybe […]

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Splitting the Baby: Kamala Harris’ ‘Medicare for All’ Plan Sees a Role for Private Health Insurers

Kamala Harris speaking in New Orleans at the Essence Fest July 6, 2019Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty for Essence) A day before the myriad Democrats vying to unseat Donald Trump face off in a second set of debates, presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris put forth a plan to gradually move the nation to a […]

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How a Medicare Buy-In or Public Option Could Threaten Obamacare

It seems a simple enough proposition: Give people the choice to buy into Medicare, the popular federal insurance program for those over 65. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is one of the Democratic presidential contenders who favor this kind of buy-in, often called the public option. They view it as a more gradual, […]

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Kamala Harris Sets Up Debate Showdown on Health Care With New Plan

Senator Kamala Harris of California, who is increasingly seeking to carve out an ideological lane separate from the most progressive Democrats running for president, laid out a new plan Monday for providing Medicare for all Americans, with a twist that stops short of the complete overhaul of the health insurance system that Senator Bernie Sanders […]

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How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isn’t that he’s a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. […]

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Joe Biden Decides He Doesn’t Need to Stay Above the Fray After All

ATKINSON, N.H. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent the first months of his presidential campaign largely ignoring his nearly two dozen rivals, seeking to stay above the Democratic fray as he cast himself as an unapologetic pragmatist who could beat President Trump in a general election. But after a rocky first debate performance, blistering criticism […]

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President Trump Withdraws Plan to Eliminate Drug Price Rebates

The Trump administration has abandoned a centerpiece of its efforts to address high drug prices, backing away from requiring some discounts to be passed directly to consumers under Medicare that could have lowered their out-of-pocket costs. President Trump had announced the proposal with great fanfare in January as part of the administration’s efforts to deal […]

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So You Want to Overturn Obamacare. Here Are Some Things That Would Be Headaches.

ImageCalorie information in a New York City Starbucks, 2010. Overturning Obamacare would mean restaurants nationwide would no longer be required to post such data.CreditMario Tama/Getty Images It’s not just that 21 million people would probably lose health insurance, or that 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose their protection. Those effects would be the […]

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How to Straighten Out the Medicare Maze

“Medicare for all” was a central theme in the initial Democratic debates and promises to be a defining issue in the primaries. While nearly all the candidates support expanded access, they should be pressed on another crucial question: How will they reduce the burdens involved in dealing with the interwoven public and private insurance systems […]

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Democrats Confront Divisions Over Health Care in Debate

WASHINGTON — It was a command as much as a question, intended to put an end to months of equivocating and obfuscating on the issue: Which of the Democratic presidential candidates on the debate stage supported abolishing private health insurance in favor of a single government-run plan? Show of hands, please. Just four arms went […]

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This Democratic Debate Issue Has Tremendous Promise — and Peril

ImageSupporters of various candidates before the second night of the first Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times It would be an exaggeration to say that the Democratic primary race is entirely about health care, but only a little bit of one. The standout moment from the first evening was Elizabeth Warren’s […]

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