Medicare

Personalized medicine may do more to treat rather than prevent chronic diseases

Personalized medicine, which involves tailoring health care to each person’s unique genetic makeup, has the potential to transform how we diagnose, prevent and treat disease. After all, no two people are alike. Mapping a person’s unique susceptibility to disease and targeting the right treatment has deservedly been welcomed as a new power to heal. The […]

Scheme Tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Suit Says

UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is accused in a scheme that allowed its subsidiaries and other insurers to improperly overcharge Medicare by “hundreds of millions — and likely billions — of dollars,” according to a lawsuit made public on Thursday at the Justice Department’s request. The accusations center on Medicare Advantage, […]

Impact of Raising Eligibility Age for Medicare

Raising Medicare’s eligibility age to 67— featured in Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan, “A Better Way: Health Care”—has gained renewed support in the current political environment. 1 Research conducted by the Actuarial Research Corporation (ARC) for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation provides compelling evidence that suggests this would […]

TrumpCare: ObamaCare, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Veterans Administration

Assuming that Trump takes office on January 20, we can expect health care policy to shift from the left side of the Overton Window to the right, even as the only solutions that remain “on the table” are neoliberal and markets-first non-solutions. Let’s begin by setting the baseline for a rational and humane health care […]

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 […]