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Warren Mounts a Defense

The presidential candidate explains how Medicare for All will work

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly-released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday she is "fully committed" to Medicare for All and plans to first build on existing health care programs. "My commitment to Medicare for All is all... More »

Warren Releases Plan to Pay for 'Medicare for All'

She says 'not one penny' from middle class

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren promised Friday to spend more than $20 trillion over the next decade to provide government-funded health care to every American without raising middle-class taxes—finally offering ideas about how to implement the massive "Medicare for All" program without taking a larger bite out of most Americans' salaries.... More »

Critics: New Trump Rule on Visas a 'Catch-22'

Immigrants will need to prove they can pay for own health care

(Newser) - Immigrants hoping to find a place to the US will need to have an additional source of funding now if they want to get their visa. The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal report that a proclamation was signed Friday by President Trump mandating that, starting Nov. 3, immigrants... More »

Castro Defends His Exchange With Biden

It was 'not a personal attack,' he says, though others disagree

(Newser) - The Democratic candidates for president took each other on during a debate in Houston Thursday night, clashing on everything from war to health care, but what the Hill calls a "fiesty exchange" on the latter went down between two contenders in particular. Julian Castro and Joe Biden were going... More »

Biden Makes His Case: We Can't Kill ObamaCare

He wants to modify it, not scrap it through a 'Medicare for All' approach

(Newser) - Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Trump but also some of his Democratic rivals who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model, per the AP . The former vice president will spend much of the... More »

Trump Administration Asks Court to Kill All of ObamaCare

They say it would be wrong to only strike down parts of it

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it wants to euthanize ObamaCare, not perform surgery on it. In a court filing Wednesday, the administration and a coalition of 18 Republican-led states formally asked a federal appeals court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. In the filing... More »

Health Care Costs Sent Americans Into $88B Debt in Last Year

Survey also finds one-quarter of Americans have held off on treatments due to cost

(Newser) - As the Trump administration continues to try to dismantle ObamaCare , with a GOP plan now not expected until after the 2020 election, some sobering statistics have emerged underscoring the necessity for affordable health care. Per the New York Times , a survey released Tuesday by Gallup and the West Health nonprofit... More »

Trump Dealt His Second Health-Care Blow of the Week

His small-business health insurance plan is struck down

(Newser) - The Trump administration once again set its sights on ObamaCare this week , but it was also a week spent absorbing health-care punches, not just throwing them. Blow one: A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. Blow two: Another federal judge on Thursday struck down... More »

Trump Makes New Move on Obamacare

Trump administration says the whole law should be struck down

(Newser) - The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and revive a winning political issue for Democrats, the AP reports. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans, said... More »

Cops Release Care Facility's Frantic Call to 911

Workers at Hacienda HealthCare were shocked by pregnancy

(Newser) - The nation was shocked by news of a woman in a vegetative state giving birth last month at a Phoenix care facility. Now, audio of a panic-stricken 911 call reveals workers who seem not only shocked, but frantic: "We need help, please," a nurse at Hacienda HealthCare tells... More »

Federal Judge's Ruling on ACA an 'Assault' on Americans

ObamaCare has been deemed unconstitutional; the appeals process gears up

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has twice voted (in 2012 and 2015) to keep the Affordable Care Act in place; it may soon see its third big case related to the health care law. That's because US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas has responded to a suit from... More »

Obama Pokes Fun at Himself in New PSA

Former president urges people to enroll in health coverage through ACA

(Newser) - Barack Obama has staged all sorts of gimmicks to promote Healthcare.gov , including going on Between Two Ferns . But this year is different. In a new video PSA urging people to sign up for 2019 coverage under the Affordable Care Act by the Dec. 15 deadline, the former president insists... More »

This $69B Deal May Reshape Health Care as We Know It

Proposed CVS-Aetna merger is approved by the DOJ

(Newser) - On Wednesday, CVS all but "cemented the deal" to buy Aetna for $69 billion, by scoring the Justice Department's preliminary approval of the deal, reports CNBC . With that green light comes a condition: that Aetna complete its plan to unload its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business,... More »

After Article, Teacher's Hospital Bill Goes From $108,951 to $332

Teacher has now paid it off in full

(Newser) - A teacher who found himself hit with a $108,951.31 hospital bill after suffering a heart attack went to the media—and it paid off. After NPR and Kaiser Health News reported Drew Calver's story as part of their "Bill of the Month" series, St. David's... More »

Teacher Has Heart Attack, Gets $108,951 Bill From Hospital

NPR explains the practices that lead to such billing surprises

(Newser) - Drew Calver, 44, survived a heart attack last year only to be hit with a bill that, he tells NPR , could practically "give me another heart attack": St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, said the teacher owed $108,951.31—almost double his annual salary. St. David'... More »

She Was 'in Agony,' Still Tried to Call Off Ambulance

Woman injured on subway reportedly said 'I have terrible insurance'

(Newser) - A woman riding the subway in Boston got her leg stuck between the platform and a train Friday, prompting a pricey ambulance ride and setting off a healthcare debate. The 45-year-old woman, who has not been identified, stepped into a 5-inch gap as she got off the Orange Line at... More »

Doctors Plead for Pay Raises to Stop Before It's Too Late

Hard-working nurses deserve it more, they say

(Newser) - Many doctors in Quebec are upset about pay raises—that is, about having them at all. With nurses complaining about their workload, nearly 740 doctors, medical students, and residents in the Canadian province are petitioning to reject pay raises and have the money given to nurses, the New York Times... More »

Feds to Idaho: Your 'Freedom' Health Care Is Illegal

But officials may find a workaround

(Newser) - Idaho's move to let companies offer health insurance plans that don't meet Affordable Care Act standards is illegal, US officials say. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma issued a letter to Idaho officials saying the Affordable Care Act remains the law and that her agency... More »

Say Goodbye to the Hospital Butt-Hang

New hospital gown promises easy access for medical staff but coverage for patients

(Newser) - "Embarrassing backside exposure" may soon be a thing of the past—at least when it comes to hospital gowns. "The current patient gown, with the ties in the back, reinforces a power imbalance between patients and caregivers," Dr. Mark Smith, head of the MedStar Institute for Innovation,... More »

Surgeon Offered to Pierce a Girl's Ears. Then Came the Bill

It was for $1,877, and it's emblematic of our health care spending mess

(Newser) - "Overuse" may seem like a benign word, and that's kind of the problem. In its latest piece on health care waste, ProPublica defines overuse as an umbrella term for a type of waste that includes things like unnecessary tests or surgeries. And it kicks things off with an... More »

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