Healthcare Additional Reading
High drug costs outweigh ‘Medicare for all’ as top healthcare issue for voters, Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2020.
As the Coronavirus Spreads, Drug Pricing Legislation Remains Stalled. For both parties, taking action to reduce the cost of prescription drugs was a banner policy issue before the coronavirus outbreak. Does it still have a chance? New York Times, June 27, 2020.
In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It's Medicare for All, "Major changes are needed," declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, "to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little." Common Dreams, January 20, 2020
How the Health Insurance Industry (and I) Invented the ‘Choice’ Talking Point. It was always misleading. Now Democrats are repeating it. Mr. Potter is a former insurance executive. Defenders of the current U.S. health care system often argue that it offers the best range of “choice” for consumers, but a former industry executive says that claim is misleading. Wendell Potter, a former vice president for corporate communications at Cigna, says in an op-ed in The New York Times that “choice” is a talking point concocted by public relations operatives (including Potter himself) seeking to prevent significant reforms of the health care system. The truth, of course, is that Americans now have little “choice” when it comes to managing their health care. Most can’t choose their own plan or how long they retain it, or even use it to select the doctor or hospital they prefer. But some reforms being discussed this election, such as “Medicare for all,” would provide these basic freedoms to users. In other words, the proposed reforms offer more choice than the status quo, not less. The New York Times, January 14, 2020.
Improving the prognosis of health care in the USA,The Lancet, February 15, 2020
Key Facts about the Uninsured Population , This issue brief describes how coverage has changed in recent years, examines the characteristics of the uninsured population, and summarizes the access and financial implications of not having coverage. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2019.
Hyde Amendment A detailed discussion of the Hyde Amendment, which, since 1976, has blocked federal Medicaid funding for abortion services Since Congress first passed the Hyde Amendment 40 years ago, anti-abortion politicians have extended similar policies to other federal health insurance programs, including coverage for federal employees and their families, military personnel and their families, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and inmates in federal prisons. While these are all different policies, the impact is the same: penalizing people seeking abortion, and forcing them to pay out-of-pocket in order to access safe, legal care — even if they cannot afford to do so.
Status of State Medicaid Expansion Decisions: Interactive Map. Kaiser Family Foundation, January 10, 2020.
Strong Bipartisan Support for Increased Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Funding: Voters More likely to support Candidates that Promise to do More-Fact Sheet-National Council for Behavioral Health, 2020.
National Health Expenditure Fact Sheet, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, last update December 5, 2019
Unite for Behavioral Health Campaign-Fact Sheet