Medicare For All Explained
When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window

When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window

May 14, 2019

This is episode 12, “When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window,” and it explains why nurses support Medicare for All.

My guest, Jean Ross, is a registered nurse and President of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States.

Ms. Ross is a passionate advocate for social justice. She grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and has worked at the same medical center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, for 35 years.

Ms. Ross was chief steward at her hospital for 20 years, and she played a key role in merging several unions to form National Nurses United in 2009. National Nurses United is a leader and passionate advocate for Medicare for All.

Do not miss episode 12 as it explains the problems with our current health care system, why we need Medicare for All, and the false arguments against it. 

If you want to help make Medicare for All a reality, here is the link that was mentioned in this episode, https://medicare4all.org. Any help will be appreciated.

Hearing Highlights

Hearing Highlights

May 1, 2019

This is episode 11, “Hearing Highlights.” On April 30, 2019, in Washington, DC, the House Committee on Rules held a historic hearing. It was the first ever hearing in Congress on Medicare for All. This episode highlights some of the major arguments that I think are likely to occur during the debate on Medicare for All.

As the debate over Medicare for All heats up, this episode should not be missed.

Building Solidarity – Why Seniors Should Support Medicare for All

Building Solidarity – Why Seniors Should Support Medicare for All

April 14, 2019

Episode 10 explains why seniors should support Medicare for All.

My guest is Alex Lawson, the Executive Director of Social Security Works. As Executive Director, Mr. Lawson coordinates education and advocacy operations that work to protect and enhance economic security for disadvantaged and at-risk populations while maintaining and improving Social Security and Medicare. 

Do not miss episode 10 as it explains why seniors and everybody else should support Medicare for All.

 

The Economics of Health Care, Part 2: The Solution - Medicare for All

The Economics of Health Care, Part 2: The Solution - Medicare for All

March 31, 2019

Episode 9, “The Economics of Health Care - Part 2,” explains how a single-payer Medicare for All system would make health care affordable and available to everyone.

My guest is Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Friedman obtained his PhD in 1986 from Harvard University, and has published numerous books, papers, and articles. He has been researching the economics of health care for 15 years. Professor Friedman rejoins us in Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed why our current health care system is not affordable. In Part 2, Professor Friedman explains how Medicare for All would make health care affordable, provide more comprehensive coverage, and allow anyone to get the medical care they need without having to worry about cost.

Do not miss this episode as it explains how Medicare for All would relieve the financial stress of our current health care system and help individuals, businesses and the country.

The Economics of Health Care, Part 1: The Problem - Our Current Health Care System Is Unaffordable

The Economics of Health Care, Part 1: The Problem - Our Current Health Care System Is Unaffordable

March 14, 2019

Episode 8 explains why our current health care system is unaffordable.

My guest is Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Friedman obtained his PhD in 1986 from Harvard University and has published numerous books, papers, and articles. He has been researching the economics of health care for 15 years.

My interview of Professor Friedman covers two episodes, 8 and 9. This episode explains why we cannot afford our current health care system. Part 2, available on April 1st, explains how a single-payer Medicare for All system would make health care affordable and available to everyone.

Do not miss this episode. It powerfully explains why our current health care is bankrupting individuals and the county.

 

Putting Out the Fire With Medicare For All

Putting Out the Fire With Medicare For All

March 1, 2019

My episode 7 guest, Dr. George Bohmfalk, talks about the history of fire departments and the wild days when they were private. He explains why people decided that they needed public fire departments and why this history is relevant to the current debate surrounding health care.

Dr. Bohmfalk practiced neurosurgery in Texas. When he retired, he moved to North Carolina to be closer to his grandchildren. In 2017, he became involved with  Health Care Justice, North Carolina, the Charlotte chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He chairs Health Care Justice’s Education Committee/Speakers Bureau and has written several newspaper articles and editorials on Medicare for All. 

Do not miss episode 7 for some interesting history, insight into the healthcare debate, and why Medicare for All is needed. 

 

We Can Conquer This Problem

We Can Conquer This Problem

February 14, 2019

My guest on episode 6 is Richard Master, founder and CEO of MCS Industries. MCS is the leading supplier of picture frames and decorative mirrors in the United States.

Mr. Master started an investigation in 2013 to find out why MCS Industries faced double digit increases in health insurance premiums every year at renewal time. This investigation led him to start the Business Initiative for Health Policy (BIHP), an organization whose purpose is to advance the business and economic rationale for adopting a single-payer Medicare for All system in the United States.  Please note that BIHP has produced some highly informative videos that can be found here.

If you want to find out why business needs to support Medicare for All and how high health care costs suppress wages, this episode is a must.

Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

January 31, 2019

My guest for episode 5 is Wendell Potter. Mr. Potter previously worked as a public relations executive for two of the country’s largest health insurers, Humana and Cigna. He left Cigna in 2008 due to a crisis of conscience.

Since leaving Cigna, Mr. Potter has become a leading advocate for health care reform and a critic of the health insurance industry. He has disclosed the falsehoods the insurance companies use to boost profits, to keep many people uninsured and under-insured, and how they implement lobbying and marketing campaigns to quash any reforms that might threaten profits.

Mr. Potter has written three books. His first book, Deadly Spin, detailed the propaganda and tactics used by health insurance companies to protect their profits. His other two books are  Obamacare, What’s in It for Me/What Everyone Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act, and Nation on the Take, How Big Money Corrupts Democracy and What We Can Do About It.

“Peace of Mind” with Wendell Potter is an episode not to be missed.

 

Global Budgets: Saving Money and Increasing Simplicity

Global Budgets: Saving Money and Increasing Simplicity

January 14, 2019

Dr. Phil Verhoef, my episode 4 guest, gives listeners a compelling explanation as to why global budgets are the best way to fund Medicare for All.

Dr. Verhoef’s commitment to making sure that patients get the care they need while saving money makes this is an episode worth hearing.

 

The Manual

The Manual

January 1, 2019

My episode 3 guest is Dr. Nicte Mejia, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard.

Dr. Mejia makes interesting and important points. Among them are that Medicare for All should include long-term care, and that even doctors can struggle with an insurance company when a family member has a problem.

Listening to her experiences as a dedicated and compassionate physician will make you wonder why the United States tolerates a health care system that makes it so hard for patients to get the care they need.