Democratic debate revives clashes over ‘Medicare for All’

2022 Campaign 11/20/19, 17:02

The top Democratic presidential candidates are clashing over a “Medicare for All” plan to provide universal, government-run health insurance — again. Wednesday’s tussle began with squabbles over a program that some Democrats worry could alienate swing voters who are wary of fully government-run health care and fear it would be extraordinarily ...

Biden accuses Warren of having elitist view of policy

2022 Campaign 11/05/19, 20:12

Without naming her, Joe Biden attacked fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday for employing a "condescending" approach to politics that smacks of "elitism." The comments, made at a fundraiser in Pittsburgh and in a Medium post published simultaneously online, marked a stark escalation of the brewing confrontation between Biden ...

Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats’ top rank

2022 Campaign 10/16/19, 06:49

Elizabeth Warren repeatedly came under attack during the Democratic presidential debate as rivals accused the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the cost of "Medicare for All" and her signature wealth tax plan in an attempt to derail her rising campaign. The pile-on Tuesday reinforced her new status as a front-runner ...

Why Trump’s Medicare reforms offer superior alternative to ‘Medicare for All’

Opinion 10/05/19, 19:31

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday intended to protect and improve Medicare benefits in a broad range of provisions designed mostly to increase choice and flexibility. The order’s statement of purpose took direct aim at the “Medicare for All” proposal supported by several Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 nomination for ...

2020 Dems struggle with how to pay for ‘Medicare for All’

2022 Campaign 07/20/19, 12:10

Democratic presidential candidates attempting to appeal to progressive voters calling for a "Medicare for All" plan are struggling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Bernie Sanders, the chief proponent of "Medicare for All," says such a remodel could ...

Trump administration’s measures to keep drug prices low

U.S. 07/04/19, 15:57

A common problem that many families have had to deal with for years has been high medical bills and unaffordable drug prices. That is one of the reasons why President Trump signed an executive order on June 24 to help Americans easily find the right price for important health services. According to ...

Hickenlooper denounces Sanders’ democratic socialism vision

2022 Campaign 06/13/19, 16:43

Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper on Thursday attacked rival Bernie Sanders' vision of an America remade under democratic socialism and chastised others in the 2020 race for not repudiating that political philosophy. The former Colorado governor said Sanders was "wrong" to call for policies such as "Medicare for All" that would ...

‘Medicare for All’s’ rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nations

Politics 05/21/19, 02:40

Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The "Medicare for All" plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what's offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal. While other countries do provide coverage for all, benefits vary. But the Medicare ...

St. Luke’s directed to fix issues or lose Medicare subsidies

U.S. 05/05/19, 09:29

An embattled Houston hospital that in the past year faced leadership changes, a loss of some government funding and questions about heart transplant patient deaths has been accused of violating patient safety and quality care requirements.The Houston Chronicle reports state regulators on Tuesday notified Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center of ...

Budget office: Caveats to government-run health system

Politics 05/01/19, 18:06

Congressional budget experts said Wednesday that moving to a government-run health care system like "Medicare for All" could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans. The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private ...

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

Politics 04/22/19, 10:49

The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security. It paints a sobering picture of the programs, though it's relatively unchanged from last ...

UnitedHealth beats expectations all around

Business 04/16/19, 06:46

UnitedHealth Group beat first-quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast, as the nation's largest insurer increased Medicare coverage and received another boost from its growing business outside health insurance.The performance softened, at least temporarily, an unusual stock price slump so far this year.UnitedHealth said Tuesday that revenue from its Medicare ...

Unions pushing for pocketbook proposals from 2020 Democrats

Politics 04/15/19, 08:37

Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist's dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster ...

Top Senate Dem stops short of embracing ‘Medicare for All’

Politics 04/11/19, 18:31

The Senate's top Democrat stopped short of throwing his weight behind Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan Thursday, calling it one of several proposals his party is advancing to strengthen health care. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments to reporters a day after Sanders, a Democratic presidential ...

Sanders relaunches ‘Medicare for All’ with Dems divided

Politics 04/10/19, 15:35

Sen. Bernie Sanders launched a revamped "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, highlighting a divide among Democrats over one of their bedrock 2020 campaign issues — the future of health care in America. As before, the Democratic presidential candidate's signature proposal would replace job-based and individual private health insurance with a ...

Update: Shaneen not joining Sanders’ Medicare plan again

Health 04/10/19, 09:51

The Latest on "Medicare for All" legislation from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (all times local):10:40 a.m.As Sen. Bernie Sanders reintroduces his "Medicare for All" legislation to create a government-run health insurance plan, one co-sponsor from the last time won't be with him.Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's ...

Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam, charge 24 people

Politics 04/09/19, 11:32

Federal authorities said Tuesday they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions for unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and ...

Watchdog to examine Medicare chief’s publicity spending

Politics 04/05/19, 13:41

A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to provide publicity for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office said it will examine several publicity contracts, following a request by congressional ...

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