This campaign season, political attack ads are filling the airwaves with ominous warnings against a government-run “single-payer” health care system. As the funereal music escalates, it’s worth taking a step back and remembering that similar rhetoric abounded in the 1960s as Congress considered, then passed, a controversial government-run health care program. That program is Medicare. Since its 1965 enactment it has provided medical coverage to millions of senior citizens. Currently, it serves close to 60 million Americans. Minnesota has about 414,000 enrollees in the program. If you have elderly relatives, they’re almost certainly covered by Medicare. It’s hard to argue with Medicare’s success given the relief that most people feel when they turn 65 and become eligible for its far-less-expensive coverage. There’s also widespread political agreement that the program should be protected, with every election marked by Republicans and Democrats … [Read more...] about A grain of salt to go with those political ads attacking ‘single-payer’ health care
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Health care has emerged as the most contentious issue in the Minnesota governor’s race, as both candidates grapple with the bedeviling details of a system that is both worrying to families and phenomenally expensive to taxpayers. Republican nominee Jeff Johnson and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz both say that all Minnesotans — even those with pre-existing conditions — should have access to affordable health care. That’s where the agreement ends. A fiery exchange at a debate in Willmar on Tuesday drove home the divide, and Johnson also criticized Walz over health care earlier in the day at a news conference. Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner, has been hitting Walz for favoring what he calls a “single payer” health care plan. “We have to understand what single payer means,” Johnson said. “We all lose our insurance and are forced on to one government plan.” Single payer advocates use Medicare — the government insurance program … [Read more...] about Health care becomes flashpoint in Minnesota governor’s race
For Eagle County resident Bobby Bank, the cost of health insurance is incomprehensible. Bank, like many Coloradans who live in the mountains, faces some of the highest health insurance premiums in the country. “Everyone in Colorado should pay the same price,” he said. “I should be able to buy the insurance you get.” So it’s with keen interest that he and others are watching the state’s gubernatorial race, in which both candidates — Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis — have pledged to bring down health care costs. While many issues separate the candidates, the starkest contrast may be in their approaches to improving the health care system. One of Polis’ marquee campaign promises has been establishing universal coverage for Coloradans. A longtime supporter of “Medicare for all,” Polis is among a handful of Democrats across the country running on such a promise. The Democrat … [Read more...] about “Medicare for all” or “catastrophic” coverage? The stark contrasts between Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates on health care.
The three leading Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates running for Minnesota governor all support their party’s core beliefs of fair treatment under the law, equitable opportunity and common-sense government regulation. But state. Rep. Erin Murphy, Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Tim Walz also have their differences. Some of those are subtle while others are more pronounced. Here’s where they stand — and differ — on some of the biggest issues of this campaign season: GUN CONTROL Murphy, Swanson and Walz all say they support tightening gun regulations to keep Minnesotans safe in the wake of ongoing mass shootings in public places like schools, churches and office buildings. That means requiring background checks for gun purchases, allowing law enforcement to obtain a court order to seize firearms from people deemed dangerous and studying the impact gun violence has on public health. They also all want better school security and improved access … [Read more...] about Here’s where Democrats running for governor stand on guns, legalizing pot, health care and taxes
Skip to main Content Alaska News Alaska Life Politics Outdoor/Adventure Opinions Sports Alaska Visitors Guide Local Anchorage | Anchorage 41°F Anchorage: 41°F Subscribe Obituaries Customer Service E-edition Feedback Sponsored Content Real Estate Nation/World Author: Erica Werner, Lisa Rein, The Washington Post Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google Plus Print article WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new law Wednesday aimed at expanding veterans' access to private-sector health care. But behind the scenes his administration is fighting a bipartisan Senate effort to fund the legislation. The VA Mission Act authorizes new health care programs for veterans, but the bill does not reserve federal money to pay for those programs. A group of … [Read more...] about White House fights plan to fund veterans health care bill even as Trump signs it into law