The Republican plot to devour retirees’ nest eggs

Perhaps the most monstrous thing about the American medical system — and the bar for that title is high indeed — is predatory billing. A great many medical providers adjust their prices based on how defenseless the patient is, and bleed the weakest ones for every last red cent, often with preposterously inflated charges for […]

Outraged by Spiking Drug Prices, Congress Tiptoes Around Price Controls

A bipartisan Senate Aging Committee report on predatory drug pricing released on Wednesday highlights a now familiar rogue’s gallery of pharmaceutical companies –including Turing and Valeant –- that have shamelessly jacked up the prices of life-saving drugs that they exclusively control. These companies engaged in marketing and pricing strategies worthy of the most cutthroat private […]

Republicans have a clear plan to cut Medicare — but they may not go through with it

Republicans have long supported a massive overhaul of Medicare, the health entitlement program for seniors, one that they argue will make the entitlement program more sustainable — but also would have seniors spend significantly more out of pocket. Now, the party’s control of Washington opens the door to making that policy vision a reality. Republicans […]