Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing the idea of a universal health care system in the United States. He is among the front runners in polling, so it is actually having an effect on housing stocks. The U.S. already spends more of its GDP -- 17 percent in 2017 -- on health care than any other nation.Question: Would a universal health care system benefit the U.S. economy in the long run?Phil Blair, ManpowerYES: Universal health care will level the playing field for a basic human need. There will be very hard questions about what services are basic and what higher level of service can be bought on the open market. Also, if government cannot provide consistent, quality health care at an affordable price, we will need to empower the non-government, private sector health care system to cover all Americans. Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic ResearchNO: Government and government-subsidized insurance companies currently account for most spending on health care. … [Read more...] about Econometer: Would universal health care help the U.S. economy?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves) Advertisement Supported by ByRobert Pear April 20, 2019 WASHINGTON — President Trump and Republicans in Congress say they are committed to protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. But patients with cancer, diabetes and H.I.V., for example, would have significantly less protection under Republican proposals than under the Affordable Care Act. The proposals may provide some political cover for Republicans on an issue likely to figure prominently in the 2020 elections. But a close inspection of the Republican bills shows that their protections are undercut by a combination of imprecise language, explicit exceptions and “rules of construction” that explain how the legislation is to be interpreted. … [Read more...] about Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves)
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now. Advertisement Supported by Strategies ByJeff Sommer April 19, 2019 UnitedHealth Group has been a stock market darling for much of the past decade, dependably churning out earnings increases and rewarding shareholders with staggering returns. Its latest quarterly report, issued on Tuesday, was superb, as expected. Earnings per share jumped 24 percent. Based on the news about the diversified health service company’s fundamental businesses, you might have expected its stock price to rise. Nope. UnitedHealth’s share price dropped 4 percent that day and almost 2 percent the next. And, along with much of the health care sector, it has been on a downward trend for the past few months. What’s wrong with the stock? … [Read more...] about ‘Medicare for All’ Is Hammering Health Care Stocks. For Now.
Tom James, Associated Press Updated 10:15 pm PST, Friday, March 8, 2019 FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits in front of the state seal as he takes part in a conference call meeting with members of the AARP, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee's proposal for a limited public health care option cleared the state House of Representatives Friday, March 8, 2019, advancing what he has called the most practical option for expanding health coverage — and bringing to his state a national debate over what universal health care means. less FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits in front of the state seal as he takes part in a conference call meeting with members of the AARP, at the Capitol in Olympia, ... more Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP … [Read more...] about State public health care plan clears Washington House
Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson are both promising Minnesotans better-quality health care for less cost. But it is unlikely that either candidate for governor’s plan would do just that. That’s the conclusion of several health care experts interviewed by the Pioneer Press. “We’re hearing things that are more aspirational than concrete,” said Scott Keefer, vice president of public affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. “What we want to hear is more of a holistic conversation that would improve the health care system and make it more affordable for everyone, and we’re not really hearing that.” Instead, says Larry Jacobs, an expert on health care policy and the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, we’re hearing elaborate talking points. Walz, a Democrat and Mankato congressman, is pushing a philosophy that expands government … [Read more...] about Gov. candidates Walz and Johnson are at odds on health care. Would either’s plan fix much?