Medicare For All Explained
Our Healthcare Mess and Why We Need Medicare for All

Our Healthcare Mess and Why We Need Medicare for All

October 1, 2021

This is episode 65, "Our Healthcare Mess and Why We Need Medicare for All."

In this episode, I describe some of the current problems with the United States healthcare system, what is Medicare for All, and how Medicare for All can solve those problems.

This episode is a good primer on problems with the U.S. healthcare system and why we need Medicare for All. It should not be missed.

Also please note that there will be no podcast on October 15, 2021. Medicare for All Explained will resume on November 1, 2021.

Highlights, Volume 2

Highlights, Volume 2

September 15, 2021

This is episode 64, "Highlights, Volume 2."

In this episode, I take clips that highlight important points about Medicare for All. 
I highlight: 

  • Why single-payer healthcare was a revelation for Stephanie Nakajima.
  • How fire departments provide a good example of why we need public funding for healthcare. Dr. George Bohmfalk describes how fire departments came about and how that relates to health care and Medicare for All.
  • How the experience of Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, led her to support Medicare for All. 

Do not miss this episode as I highlight these important points about Medicare for All. 

The podcasts referenced in this episode are:

 

 

Entrepreneurs and Medicare For All

Entrepreneurs and Medicare For All

September 1, 2021

This is episode 63, “Entrepreneurs and Medicare For All."

My guest, Prof. Jerome Katz, is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He currently is the Director of Saint Louis University’s highly ranked entrepreneurship program.

From a background in his family’s and his own business in Memphis, Prof. Katz went onto obtain degrees from Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and Harvard, culminating in a PhD from Michigan. He has been quoted in more than 200 articles in the major magazines in business and entrepreneurship, as well as the major American newspapers, and has had a lifelong interest in developing peoples’ potential. 

Do not miss this episode as Prof. Katz examines how entrepreneurs and the small business community are reacting to Medicare for All. 

Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice

Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice

August 15, 2021

This is episode 62, “Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice.”

My guest, Dr. Ashley Duhon, is a current second year Ob/Gyn resident working in the Bronx borough of New York City. She received her medical training from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She is a current board member of the New York Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. 

As a student, she served on the Students for a National Health Program National Board. She is an avid advocate for Medicare for All and is particularly dedicated to the inclusion of full-spectrum reproductive healthcare services in the fight towards a universal and equitable healthcare system for all.

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Duhon explains how reproductive justice relates to women’s health. 

Note: SisterSong is the organization that originally created and defined the term “Reproductive Justice.”

To Be or Not to Be Health Insurance, That Is the Tricare Question

To Be or Not to Be Health Insurance, That Is the Tricare Question

August 1, 2021

This is episode 61, “To Be or Not to Be Health Insurance, That Is the Tricare Question.”

My guest Miryam Weisberg is a mother of two and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Disabled by a rare genetic disorder, her health relies on Tricare and the military medical system, to which she has access as an earned benefit of her husband's career as an active duty officer.  Previous to becoming disabled, Miryam had a career as a technical writer and now enjoys homeschooling her children and doing needlecrafts. 

Do not miss this episode as Mrs. Weisberg describes her struggles to get medical treatment for her genetic disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, under Tricare. 

 

Highlights, Volume 1

Highlights, Volume 1

July 15, 2021

This is episode 60, "Highlights, Volume 1."

In this episode, I take clips that highlight important points about Medicare for All.

I highlight:

  • What Medicare for All is
  • Why the public option won't work
  • Why our current healthcare system is not affordable
  • Why you can't be sure that insurance clerks are giving you accurate information
  • How insurance companies arbitrarily make patients change medications
  • How Medicare for All helps prevent the spread of disease and protects public health   

Do not miss this episode as I highlight these important points about Medicare for All. 

The podcasts referenced in this episode are:

 

Medicaid Expansion, Missouri, and the Will of the People

Medicaid Expansion, Missouri, and the Will of the People

July 1, 2021

This is episode 59, “Medicaid Expansion, Missouri, and the Will of the People.” 

My guest, Traci Gleason, is Vice President, External Relations for the Missouri Budget Project. Before joining the Missouri Budget Project, she worked on public policy issues at all levels of government, federal, state, and local. Ms. Gleason also worked as a federal representative for the State of California, held positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Ms. Gleason earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of California-Berkeley and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Mathematics from Creighton University.

Do not miss this episode as Ms. Gleason explains how Medicaid Expansion would help Missourians and would save the state money.

 

What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage, and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 2

What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage, and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 2

June 15, 2021

This is episode 58, “What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage, and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 2.“

My guest, Diane Archer, is founder and president of Just Care USA, an independent digital media hub that focuses on health and financial issues facing boomers and their parents. Ms. Archer serves on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Board, and is the past chair of the Board of Consumer Reports. She began her career in health advocacy in 1989 as founder and president of the Medicare Rights Center, a national consumer service organization dedicated to ensuring that older and disabled Americans get the health care they need. Ms. Archer received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. 

In Part 1, we discussed problems with Medicare, Medigap or Supplemental plans, and how Medicare Advantage puts you at a disadvantage. 

Part 2 discusses problems with direct contracting, changes to improve Medicare, and how seniors would benefit from Medicare for All. 

Do not miss this episode as Ms. Archer discusses how to improve Medicare and how seniors would benefit from Medicare for All. 

What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage,  and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 1

What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage, and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 1

June 1, 2021

This is episode 57, “What You Need To Know About Medicare, Medigap, Medicare (Dis)Advantage, and How Medicare for All Benefits Seniors, Part 1.“

My guest, Diane Archer, is founder and president of Just Care USA, an independent digital media hub that focuses on health and financial issues facing boomers and their parents. Ms. Archer serves on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Board, and is the past chair of the Board of Consumer Reports. She began her career in health advocacy in 1989 as founder and president of the Medicare Rights Center, a national consumer service organization dedicated to ensuring that older and disabled Americans get the health care they need. Ms. Archer received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. 

My interview with Ms. Archer covers two episodes, 57 and 58. This episode discusses problems with Medicare, Medigap or Supplemental plans, and how Medicare Advantage puts you at a disadvantage. Part 2, available on June 15th, discusses problems with direct contracting, changes to improve Medicare, and how seniors would benefit from Medicare for All. 

Do not miss this episode as Ms. Archer discusses critical information that every senior and their children need to know about Medicare. 

How Medicare For All Would Benefit People With Disabilities and the LGBTQIA Community

How Medicare For All Would Benefit People With Disabilities and the LGBTQIA Community

May 15, 2021

This is episode 56, “How Medicare For All Would Benefit People With Disabilities and the LGBTQIA Community.”

My guest, Rosie Bean, has been politically engaged from an early age. They are a part of the LGBTQIA community and a disabled individual. This has made the fight for justice personal for Rosie. They started out as a moderate liberal Democrat, but had a political awakening that caused them to become more progressive. Rosie started their own political group called FLIP, “Feminists, Liberals, Independents & Progressives,” and is an activist for Medicare for All. 

Do not miss this episode as Rosie discusses how getting on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) dramatically changed their life and how people with disabilities and the LGBTQIA Community would benefit from Medicare for All.

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