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  • Medicaid, Explained: Why It's Worse To Be Sick In Some States Than Others

    August 2017

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. 

    The video states “The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medicaid.” It explains the history of healthcare in the United States, the attempts of certain presidents (FDR, Truman, and LBJ) to create a national healthcare system, the reason behind the emergence of a private healthcare market, and the ultimate expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    Due to the Supreme Court decision that made this expansion voluntary by state, the video explains that the specific states get to decide who gets covered and what service gets covered. Some individuals are consistently covered across the board, like children and Pregnant women; However, coverage of other groups like individual who make below a certain amount per year are only covered in certain states. 

    The video goes on to describe the rising costs of Medicaid, due to the rising costs of health care in the United States, and ways that Republicans have proposed to change Medicaid.

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  • Health Care Research Paper Delivered to Congress

    July 2017

    The Sanders Institute and National Nurses United delivered a research paper, titled Medicare For All vs All the Healthcare Each Can Afford, to every Senate and House of Representatives office on Capitol Hill. This report analyzes our current fragmented healthcare system and suggests a system of healthcare reflecting the nurses' values of caring, compassion and community.

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  • Medicare for All

    June 2017

    In this video, Robert Reich explains why healthcare is a right that should be guaranteed for all Americans and why moving towards a Medicare for all system would deliver better healthcare at a lower cost. 

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  • Jeffrey Sachs: Americans can save $1 trillion and get better healthcare

    June 2017

    In this article, Jeffrey Sachs, university professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia, discusses the big business of American healthcare and lays out a 10-point plan for achieving a feasible, fair and reasonable healthcare system that limits the monopoly power of the health care sector.

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  • In the News: Ben Jealous on Single Payer Health System

    June 2017

    In this interview with Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow Ben Jealous discusses the importancee of protecting families from the AHCA and standing up for single-payer healthcare.

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  • It's Time for Medicare for All

    June 2017

    American spending on healthcare per person is more than twice the average in the world’s thirty-five advanced economies. Yet Americans are sicker, our lives are shorter, and we have more chronic illnesses than in any other advanced nation. Medicare for all would avoid all these problems, and get lower prices and better care.

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  • CBO Score H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

    June 2017

    On June 26, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office released its estimate for the Senate version of what has been called the American Health Care Act. The CBO estimates that this bill (now named the Better Care Reconciliation Act) would "increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law."

    As this healthcare debate continues, it is important to understand the facts behind that decrease in coverage - who would no longer have or purchase insurance and why? Would the plans be different? Who benefits and who would suffer under this law?

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