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Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

Treatment of medically uninsured Americans shameful

They are one American in six. They range in age from newborn to 65. They might be anyone – even your neighbor. They are America’s problem and America’s shame. They are America’s 47 million medically uninsured. Contrary to public perception, the uninsured are, for the most part, not the lowest on the economic ladder. —Physicians For a National Health Program, 01/07/14 More »

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charge-to-cost ratio on the rise, says nursing group

Hospital charges continue to rise, with some procedures billed at more than 10 times their cost, according to a statement from National Nurses United (NNU). The Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, NNU's research arm. conducted the research. —Fierce Health Finace, 01/07/14 More »

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United. —ABC National News, 01/07/14 More »

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

NNU’s RoseAnn DeMoro Again Voted 1 of 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Many sectors in the healthcare industry have played major roles in shaping the system we have today: hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses, health insurance companies, scientists, researchers, politicians, advocacy groups, lobbyists, journalists, Wall Streeters and more. As we head into 2014, here are 50 of the most powerful people who have shaped policy, thoughts, operations and management in healthcare. —Becker's Hospital Review, 01/06/14 More »

The Obamacare We Deserve

The Obamacare We Deserve

TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful. —The New York Times, 01/03/14 More »

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

State Single-Payer: The Next Frontier of American Healthcare

If all the states were a giant family, Vermont would be the stereotypical Birkenstock-wearing, hippie cousin—just a little bit different and unafraid to reject the typical way of doing things. So perhaps it should not have been all that surprising when the Green Mountain State enacted a single-payer health care system, called “Green Mountain Care,” one year after the country kicked and screamed its way to an individual mandate. —Harvard Political Review, 12/17/13 More »

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

U.S. ranks near bottom on efficiency of health care spending

A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. —PNHP, 12/16/13 More »

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

Congress Chooses Austerity Over Job Creation and Economic Growth

"At the end of the day, the bill abandons 1.3 million Americans who desperately need unemployment insurance, and does nothing to promote economic growth or job creation," Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, explained Thursday. "Furthermore, the legislation is paid for on the backs of the middle class and military families, while not touching the wealthiest amongst us and allowing corporations to continue to benefit from tax loopholes." —The Nation OpedNews.com, 12/13/13 More »

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.

“We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens." —Puget Sound Business Journal, 12/13/13 More »

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

Hospital Fever - Healthcare now based on unknowns

In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and insurance companies nationwide have begun to cut back services. In California, Kaiser nurses recently reported that "over the last year, Kaiser has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured, and is sending patients home when they should still be under hospital care" (National Nurses United, Oct. 2013). —Bohemian.com, 12/11/13 More »

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin row

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the "Prodigal Son Project". —The Guardian, 12/03/13 More »

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

SAN FRANCISCO — With blood oozing from deep lacerations, the two patients arrived at California Pacific Medical Center’s tidy emergency room. Deepika Singh, 26, had gashed her knee at a backyard barbecue. Orla Roche, a rambunctious toddler on vacation with her family, had tumbled from a couch, splitting open her forehead on a table. —The New York Times, 12/03/13 More »

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

Feed our children, tax Wall Street

As the grocery bags suddenly become half-empty and too many kids start going hungry, a lot of people are going to ask: "Where can we find the money to feed our children?" Here's one source, probably the biggest untapped revenue source in our nation - Wall Street. By RoseAnn DeMoro, CNA/NNU Executive Director —SFGate.com, 11/27/13 More »

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

The real fix for Obamacare’s flaws: Medicare for all

Lost amidst the well-chronicled travails of the Affordable Care Act rollout are the long term effects of people struggling to get the health coverage they need without going bankrupt. If that sounds familiar, it's because that's been the main story line of the US healthcare system for several decades. Sadly, little has changed. —The Guardian, 11/27/13 More »

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down

As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals. —The Washington Post, 11/21/13 More »

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board

Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street. The bill, named the "Inclusive Prosperity Act" aka the "Robin Hood Tax" was introduced by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and now has 17 cosponsors—all Democrats, who hold 191 seats in the House of Representatives. —Real News Network, 11/01/13 More »

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

Mandatory flu measures in B.C. a bitter pill

We simply don't have good evidence that vaccination of health-care personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients — Prof. Nick Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Minnesota. Mandatory flu shots or wearing a mask will be required not only for hospital and care-home staff in B.C. but visitors as well when flu season starts. And that’s just wrong. —Bill Tieleman, 11/01/13 More »

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

A great idea for making Wall Street pay its fair share

The idea is known as a financial transaction tax. It would amount to fractions of a penny on the dollar value of every stock, bond and derivatives trade -- perhaps 5 cents per $100. But estimates of its potential return run as high as $700 billion a year. That would bump up current federal revenues by about 24%. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out

Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. —Los Angeles Times, 10/28/13 More »

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins. I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible. —The Guardian by: Bernie Sanders, 10/01/13 More »

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