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How Justice Democrats Plan to Give Progressives a Reason to Vote in the 2018 Midterms


Kyle Kulinski, a co-founder of the political movement, tells Truthdig where establishment Democrats are failing and how voters can reform the stagnant party.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE
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Chris Hedges and Dr. Margaret Flowers Discuss How to Fix the Health Care System (Video)

Insurance companies pitting “patients and health professionals against each other” have led the U.S. into crisis, Flowers tells the Truthdig columnist.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Real Reason the GOP Wants to Pull the Plug on Obamacare (Video)


Don’t be fooled by the promises of Trump and Republicans in Congress to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 READ MORE

Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy


The president-elect represents the late stage of capitalism, when corporations, no longer able to generate profits at former levels, pillage the government and society for profit. However, he will be vulnerable to impeachment if we take to the streets.

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 READ MORE

Correcting Chuck Schumer on What Medicare Privatization Would Mean


Confronted at a “Hands Off Our Medicare” event, the Senate’s incoming Democratic minority leader—who has blamed doctors for endangering Medicare—acknowledged the role of insurance companies as well. (Schumer is shown at far right.)

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Iceland’s Pirate Party Has Been Handed a Mandate to Implement Progressive Policies


The country’s recent elections brought a radical change; Paul Ryan is very, very wrong about Obamacare and Medicare; meanwhile, the Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump may be more subversive than many realize. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE

Liveblog: The Sixth Democratic Debate:  ‘Let Us Level With the American People’


Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off Thursday’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee with a few familiar lines from his campaign-trail greatest hits before getting down to business with a series of fiery salvos targeting his rival, Hillary Clinton. She was ready for him.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE

Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style


Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE

Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans


Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

The Choice for Democrats: Hillary Clinton’s Evolution or Bernie Sanders’ Revolution


On issue after issue, Clinton proposes incremental solutions that take into account our political system as it is. Sanders proposes dramatic solutions that will only be possible when power is wrested from “big money” interests.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale


If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE

Analysis of Private Health Insurance Data Reveals Striking Variation in Cost of Care


A new study analyzing previously unavailable data from three of the country’s largest commercial health insurers finds that the cost of care for the privately insured varies wildly from town to town.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

An Accounting Trick Is the Basis of Phony Claim That U.S. Faces a Public-Sector Debt Crisis


Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi’s claim that “rapidly growing public sector debt threatens America’s economic future” is based on dishonest accounting rigged by congressional austerity hawks, reports The Nation.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

Another Big Pharma Company Forces Patients to Pay Sky-High Drug Prices


Another drug company has joined the likes of the recently exposed Turing Pharmaceuticals by jacking up prices of life-sustaining meds on extremely short notice. Remember this name: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders: Stop Soaring Drug Prices


Earlier this month, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate said he would introduce legislation to halt skyrocketing pharmaceutical prices, which the industry raised 12.6 percent last year.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

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Posted on Aug 3, 2015 ENLARGE

Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program


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Medicare turns 50 next week and it’s more popular than ever. Yet it continues to be blamed for America’s current and future budget problems.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Obamacare: Not Perfect, But ‘Here to Stay’


The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act established it as a vital part of the nation’s social safety net and too much a part of American life to be ripped out.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Medicare Isn’t the Problem; It’s the Solution


Again and again in the upcoming election you’ll hear conservatives claim that Medicare — the health insurance program for America’s seniors — is running out of money and must be pared back.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Bashes Congress for Over-Congratulating Itself for Fixing a Problem It Created

Inspired by our legislators’ recent celebration of their bipartisan “Doc-Fix” Medicare measure, Jon Stewart and other “Daily Show” correspondents imagine what life would be like if “normal people” reacted the way Congress does to “the dutiful executing of basic occupational tasks.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy


With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Our Attitude Toward the Elderly Is Getting Old


Instead of dehumanizing our senior citizens, we should be prioritizing eldercare so that not just the rich can go out in comfort and dignity.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE

Suspicious Prescriptions for HIV Drugs Abound in Medicare


The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab


Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE

Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?


Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme


Two secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE

Medicare Overpays Billions for Office Visits, Patient Evaluations


The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services complement a recent ProPublica review that found many doctors bill for services very differently from their peers.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE

Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins on Its Drug Program


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Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying


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A ProPublica analysis of recently released data shows that dozens of physicians who received payments from Medicare in 2012 had been kicked out of Medicaid, charged with fraud, or settled claims of overbilling Medicare itself.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 13, 2014 ENLARGE

Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?


For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE

‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Discovers Medicare Has Spent $172 Million on Penis Pumps

Clearly restoring “the glory” of male erections is a more pressing health matter than providing contraceptives for women.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Payments to CEO Raise New Conflicts at Top Health Quality Group


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The top executive at the country’s pre-eminent health care quality organization is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by two large medical companies that have a stake in the group’s work.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

As the Media Get Bored With Obamacare, Is the Public Starting to Get on Board?


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We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE

Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?


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When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Plight of Unpaid Interns


The lack of laws protecting interns from exploitation has left millions of young Americans without options; it doesn’t matter what the definition of a “journalist” is, just that all acts of journalism are protected; meanwhile, as tea partyers attack Obamacare, why is no one in Congress talking about Medicare’s benefits? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE

The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE

Health Care: Deja Vu All Over Again

Just as the Republicans in Congress are desperate to destroy the Affordable Care Act, their predecessors tried to kill Medicare in the 1960s and Social Security in the 1930s.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE

Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare


The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE

Doctors Are Not ‘Steering Clear’ of Medicare


Despite what Republicans say, a study shows that physicians are not turning away elderly patients on the insurance plan; after revelations about the NSA, the American public has becoming increasingly discontent with government protection of privacy; meanwhile, television host Jimmy Kimmel duped the world with a disastrous twerking YouTube video that proves how easy it is to divert attention from serious matters. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Eric Holder Meets the Press

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists eye Attorney General Eric Holder’s off-the-record meeting regarding possible changes at the DOJ, a Pew study showing 40 percent of households have mothers as breadwinners, the state of Medicare and more.

Posted on May 31, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on May 10, 2013 ENLARGE

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Posted on Apr 28, 2013 ENLARGE

How the News Is Killing You


Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic


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If we had a government capable of honoring the collective desire for more jobs, smaller deficits, more education funding, reduced reliance on fossil fuels and Medicare and Social Security benefits preserved, our future could be guaranteed at tax time in no time.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE

Obama to Formally Propose Social Security Cuts


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In the name of compromise, bipartisanship and the satisfaction of a ruling class that is indifferent to the suffering of ordinary Americans, President Obama is ready to sell parts of Social Security and Medicare in his attempt to strike an annual budget that satisfies Republicans and reduces the long-term deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, administration officials say.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Why Politicians Listen to Public Opinion on Gay Marriage and Guns but Not the Economy


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Recent polls show Americans would rather reduce the deficit by raising taxes than by cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and transportation. Yet Congress seems incapable of making that kind of deal. Some 65 percent of Americans want to raise taxes on large corporations, but both parties are heading in precisely the opposite direction.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE

Why Democrats Shouldn’t Put Social Security and Medicare on the Table

If there was ever a time for the Democratic Party to champion working Americans and reverse these troubling trends, it is now — forging an alliance between the frustrated middle and the working poor.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 READ MORE

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 ENLARGE

Ryan’s Budget Is Good for the Rich, Bad for Everyone Else


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Rep. Paul Ryan has figured out a way to balance the budget: Give corporations and wealthy people tax breaks they don’t need while aggressively cutting health and social programs that middle and lower-income Americans do.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 READ MORE

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