Medicare for All? Or Just for More?
With mid-terms next month, Democrats think that they’ve got a winning issue. Our cover story points out that Medicare expansion plans come in two basic flavors: a true single-payer approach, or giving people the option to buy into a public plan that competes with private insurers. None other than Howard Dean, MD, offers a reality check by pointing out that, “no one likes to tell anybody how they’re going to pay for any of it.”
And talk about strange bedfellows. President Trump, who came to power as an “outsider,” has had to fill many health care policy positions with people connected to the Koch brothers.
We also look at multiple sclerosis, a managed care nightmare. The escalating prices of the medications used to treat this unpredictable disease are undercut by questions regarding their cost effectiveness.