Californians Like Single-Payer – Until They Learn Taxes Must Rise to Pay for It

December 12, 2017

Whether to establish a state-run, single-payer health-care system is shaping up to be one of the main differences among the candidates for governor in California in the run-up to the June primary election. The front-runner, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, says the only thing stopping single-payer in California is a lack of political leadership. The candidate running second in the pack, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, says he supports single-payer but has concerns about how to pay for it. Read More

Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?

December 12, 2017

When one of Cindy Holtzman’s clients told the Woodstock, Ga., broker he was considering dropping his Affordable Care Act plan because next year’s cost approached $23,000 for his family of four, she suggested a new option: a back-to-back set of four, 90-day short-term plans, which would effectively give them a modicum of medical coverage for 2018. Read More

Why A Pill That’s 4 Cents In Tanzania Costs Up to $400 In The U.S.

December 12, 2017

Two pills to wipe out hookworm could cost you 4 cents. Or $400. It just depends where you live. The 4 cents is in Tanzania. That'll cover the two pills it takes to knock out the intestinal parasite. But in the United States, where hookworm has re-emerged, the price for two 200 mg tablets of albendazole can cost as much as $400. Read More

CHI Stands to Benefit from Merger with Dignity

December 12, 2017

After more than a year of discussions, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a definitive agreement to merge. The combination will create the nation's largest not-for-profit hospital system by operating revenue. Read More

Study: ObamaCare Bills Backed by Collins Would Lower Premiums

December 12, 2017

Two bipartisan ObamaCare fixes being pushed by GOP Sen. Susan Collins(Maine) would reduce premiums by 18 percent in 2019, according to a new study. The study from Avalere, a consulting firm, finds that the two bills would more than cancel out the projected premium increase from repealing ObamaCare’s mandate that most individuals purchase health insurance. Read More