Health Care category archive
Wendell Potter predicts the tactics health insurers will use to fight against anything that looks like “Medicare for all.” A snippet:
As the former head of corporate communications for Cigna, one of AHIP’s biggest members, and a former member of AHIP’s strategic communications committee, I can assure you that health insurers will find Warren’s plan (for a plan that does not require increasing taxes on the middle and lower classes–ed.) terrifying because it will force their employer customers to question the need for, the “value proposition” of, private health insurers.
David discusses increases in the cost of his health coverage and explains why free market concepts don’t apply to health care.
In retrospect, I’ve concluded that the more to HMO-style health care that started in the 1970s and 1980s as the way to “fix” American heath care was a big mistake. It effectively put American health care under the control of insurance companies, which are incentivized, as the neologism goes, to provide as little actual care as possible, and removed it from medical professionals, most of whom (and yes there is the occasional glaring exception) care about caring.
A small move toward truth in vending . . . .
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday the Trump administration has finalized regulations requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply.
Drug companies responded that adding prices to their commercials could unintentionally harm patients.*
Much more at the link.
David points out Senator Chuck Grassley’s health care hypocrisy. (Warning: Commercial at the 7:30 mark.)