The first congressional hearing on a “Medicare-for-all” bill in at least a decade took place Tuesday, but without the usual phalanx of T-shirted supporters — or even the presidential candidates — who have been pushing the bill.
With Oregon’s individual health insurance exchange facing lower enrollment and higher premiums, a prominent consumer watchdog group is pushing for several policy changes to stabilize the individual market and rein in costs.
Industrial nations worldwide offer universal health care in several forms, while the United States lags and may — on a federal level — lack the political will or capability to make a significant change, according to panelists who spoke Wednesday at the Oregon Health Forum.
One point drew clear agreement Tuesday during a House subcommittee hearing: When it comes to the problem of surprise medical bills, the solution must protect patients — not demand that they be great negotiators.
“The Mueller Report” is so last week’s news. Health care has returned in force as the dominant political issue in Washington, reflecting what voters have been telling pollsters for the past year.