Health

Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices Could Be Key Election Issue

Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices Could Be Key Election Issue

September 19, 2018

Maryland’s Democratic nominee for governor Ben Jealous has backed a proposal to reign in drug prices, while advocates say incumbent Larry Hogan has helped drug makers

Two Doctors Laid Off From Pediatric Hospital Speak Out

June 15, 2018

On the Marc Steiner Show, two doctors who worked at Franklin Square Pediatric Hospital talk about how the loss of the hospital will affect the communities it served

US Movement for Single-Payer Health Care Grows, with Historic NY Bill

June 11, 2018

As the demand for single-payer health care in the US becomes mainstream, the New York Health Act could lead the way. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with Ursula Rozum of Physicians for a National Health Program, who says NY state could soon adopt a universal system

Medicare’s Demise is Not Imminent, But Health Care Costs are Rising Unsustainably

June 6, 2018

The trustees of the Medicare and Social Security trust funds released their annual report and the news was not good because shortfalls will come in eight years. However, it can be fixed because the main problem is uncontrolled healthcare cost increases, says CEPR’s Dean Baker

Trump’s Pharma First Drug Plan

May 31, 2018

Trump’s plan for lowering the cost of drugs is to make citizens of other countries pay more for their drugs; it’s perverse says Economist Dean Baker

Will Trump’s Latest Attack on Obamacare Strike a Death Blow?

February 22, 2018

The new rule would extend short-term insurance plans, circumventing key Obamacare requirements such as covering pre-existing conditions. “The key part of Obamacare was creating a unified insurance market where anyone can get insurance regardless of their heath, and this is destroying that,” says economist Dean Baker

Bernie Sanders – Medicare for All National Town Hall

January 23, 2018

Bernie Sanders on Medicare for All

Children’s Health Insurance Program Expire Under GOP Tax Bill

December 7, 2017

Children’s Health Insurance Program Expire Under GOP Tax Bill Nine million children will go without health insurance under the new GOP tax bill says Bill Black, white collar criminologist and former regulator

Fragmented Health System Paves Way for CVS-Aetna Merger

November 3, 2017

In what is being called the biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry, CVS is making a $66 billion bid to buy Aetna. We discuss the merger’s potential consequences with author and professor Bill Black

Lawmakers and Advocates Call for Lowering Toxic Emissions from Local Incinerator

September 29, 2017

Critics say the lax emission limits allow the incinerator to emit over 1,000 tons of dangerous Nitrous Oxides a year