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Medicare’s 1966 Glitch-Free Rollout a Sharp Contrast with Obamacare: Health Affairs Blog

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CUNY researchers say new health law’s ‘contortions to appease private insurers’ have resulted in costly complexity, with enrollment price tag alone exceeding Medicare’s by nearly 700 percent

An article published today at the Health Affairs blog compares the costly and chaotic rollout the Affordable Care Act to the efficient 1966 implementation of Medicare.

Single-payer activists screen film, discuss Canadian/American healthcare systems

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State groups hope to raise support for a single-payer bill this winter

 

December 13, 2012 -- Monday night, a small crowd gathered at the Clinton Street Theater for a film screening of The Healthcare Movie (http://www.healthcaremovie.net/), a documentary about the history of the Canadian healthcare system that was produced by a Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg to dispel myths and stereotypes about Canada's healthcare system – specifically, that Canadian citizens dislike their healthcare system and frequently travel to the United States for care.

Private insurers have cost Medicare $282.6 billion in excess payments since 1985

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Researchers say privately run Medicare Advantage plans have undermined traditional Medicare’s fiscal health and taken a heavy toll on taxpayers, seniors and the U.S. economy

October 15, 2012 -- In the first study of its kind, a group of health policy experts has determined the amount of money that Medicare has overpaid private insurance companies under the Medicare Advantage program and its predecessors over the past 27 years and come up with a startling figure: $282.6 billion in excess payments, most of them over the past eight years.

That’s wasted money that should have been spent on improving patient care, shoring up Medicare’s trust fund or reducing the federal deficit, the researchers say.

Panel on Health Reform Focuses on Ditching the Insurance Industry

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Prominent healthcare critics speaking in Portland staunchly support and defend a single payer system

April 27, 2012—Three prominent critics of the country’s current healthcare system and ardent reform advocates appeared in Portland today to discuss their views on health reform, President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and what ought to be done to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare.

Oregon Doctors Rise Up Against Individual Mandate

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Physicians hope to remove roadblock to universal coverage and lower overall healthcare costs

February 28, 2012 -- Three Oregon physicians are among a group of 50 doctors who filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act should be struck down.

The doctors’ friend-of-court brief creates strange bedfellows by essentially arguing that the individual mandate to purchase insurance coverage violates interstate commerce law.

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