Universal healthcare was unthinkable in America, but not any more | Adam Gaffney

A single-payer healthcare system appears closer than ever but to make it a reality we must avoid the pitfalls of the past

Barack Obama dropped a bombshell into the healthcare debate roiling the Democratic party last Friday. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said, “they’re running on good new ideas, like Medicare for All …” His endorsement made headlines, and for a good reason: until recently, real universal healthcare had long resided on...

Trump justice department will stop defending key parts of Obamacare

Administration makes rare decision not to defend federal law in court, pointing to changes in the measure due next year

The Trump administration said in a court filing late on Thursday that it would no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, a rare departure from the justice department’s practice of defending federal laws in court.

It said that the requirement that people have health insurance – the individual mandate – was unconstitutional and that the entire law, ...

US conservatives use case of terminally ill child Alfie Evans to criticize NHS

Ted Cruz and others have called the legal battle over British child’s treatment a ‘grim reminder’ of socialized medicine

A legal fight in the United Kingdom over whether a terminally ill child should be allowed to leave the country for medical treatment has captured the attention of American conservatives.

The case of Alfie Evans, a 23-month-old child with a neurodegenerative disease that has left most of his brain destroyed, has received extensive coverage from outlets like Fo...

Koch-backed group fights paid sick leave laws as flu sweeps US

The lobbying group that led the assault on Obamacare has targeted movements across the US to ensure workers can get needed time off

This week marks 25 years since Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives US workers the right to unpaid time off to care for themselves and close family members.

It took another decade for some to win paid sick leave, when San Franciscans approved a ballot initiative in 2006 for private employees to earn an hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Similar measures now benefit 14 million workers in 32 municipalities and nine states.

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Doctors say new Medicaid rules ‘like asking people to work with an anchor on their back’

Administration’s policy allows states to impose work requirements for people on Medicaid, meaning sick or injured Americans ‘have to go to work, no matter what’

Dr Gary Leroy’s patients are “salt of the earth”: inner-city people working in Dayton, Ohio as dishwashers, car mechanics and patient care assistants.

Related: Medicaid: Trump opens door for states to take away coverage from out-of-work Americans

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Medicaid: Trump opens door for states to take away coverage from out-of-work Americans

Administration unveils major policy shift that could mean millions of Americans could be legally required to hold a job to be on Medicaid

Millions who rely on Medicaid, America’s biggest public health insurance program, could be required to have a job if they want to hold on to their coverage in the future.

The Trump administration has unveiled a major policy shift that offers a path for states seeking to tie Medicaid eligibility to work requirements.

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White House would ditch attack on Obamacare in order to pass tax bill

Budget director says ‘we’re OK’ with dropping provision of Republican tax reform that would also repeal healthcare mandate, if it becomes roadblock

The White House is willing to sacrifice Republicans’ latest attempt to dismantle Obama’s Affordable Care Act if that’s necessary to pass a series of sweeping tax cuts, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

Republicans’ current tax reform legislation would slash corporate tax rates and benefit wealthy Americans. Last week, after the president tweeted that he wanted legislation to include a repeal of a key healthcare mandate, Senate Republicans announced they would include the healthcare measure in their tax bill.

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Fear over healthcare locks Americans in jobs – and throttles creativity | Jonathan R Goodman

What could and should make America great is the freedom to follow one’s dreams – not stay trapped in a cubicle, paralysed by fear

Millions of Americans are stuck in what some economists call “job-lock” or the inability to leave employment because of the risk of losing health insurance. A 2001 paper from Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies showed, for example, that self-employed people are 25% less likely to have health insurance than office workers.

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Americans show support for Obamacare despite Trump’s repeal attempts

  • Increase in healthcare signups on first day of annual enrollment
  • Maine votes to expand federal Medicaid scheme for low-income Americans

Millions of Americans remain committed to Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation despite the Trump administration’s attempts to overturn it.

Related: Health experts say Trump's opioid response relies on magical thinking

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Stress is bad for your health. Today’s political uncertainty makes it worse

Americans are exposed to one of the most damaging sources of stress: uncertainty. The assault on our fundamental sense of security can make us sick

David Dobbs’ 13-year-old daughter has type 1 diabetes. Since 2015, the 59-year-old freelance writer and author has relied on Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to help pay for his daughter’s insulin, blood testing supplies and other medical needs. But as the endless series of cliffhangers over the fate of the ACA continues, Dobbs says he’s starting to feel hunted.

Without insurance, diabetes treatment alone would cost his family about $20,000 to $30,000 a year, he estimates – and that’s if nothing goes wrong and prompts an astronomically expensive hospitalization.

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