From Around the World

A November 2013 health systems survey of 11 industrialized countries, from Austria to Australia, was completed by The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation working towards high performance health systems. They found that American adults are more likely to forego health care because of cost than people living in the other countries surveyed. Some of the key findings include: 37 percent of U.S. adults skipped care, 23 percent...

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Misguided partisanship equals misery for millions

Editor’s note: In its December 2013 report, “LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS LOST: The High Cost of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion”, Healthcare for America NOW documents the harmful effects of partisan decisions by 25 governors – all Republicans – who refused federal money to provide health care for the most needy. These are folks who make less than 138 percent of federal poverty level, currently $15,865 a year for an...

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Letters from the voters – Compromise health-care plan doomed to fail

Maybe my memory is tricking me, but I seem to remember a long battle laced with filibusters to get the health-care bill passed in Congress. I remember that even the Democrats dared not mention “single payer health care” (also referred to as “Medicare for all”). I remember more liberal Democrats unsuccessfully trying to include something called “the public option” in the final bill. I thought at the...

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Compromise health-care plan doomed to fail

Maybe my memory is tricking me, but I seem to remember a long battle laced with filibusters to get the health-care bill passed in Congress. I remember that even the Democrats dared not mention “single payer health care” (also referred to as “Medicare for all”). I remember more liberal Democrats unsuccessfully trying to include something called “the public option” in the final bill. I thought at the...

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No Surprise – U.S. Medical Care Most Expensive In The World, Yet Leaves Millions Without

2013 Survey documents most prescribed drug and medical costs The International Federation of Health Plans released its 2013 Comparative Price Report – Variation in Medical and Hospital Prices by Country and the United States leads the way with the highest costs anywhere. 2013 Comparative Price Report The latest report documents drug and medical costs in 25-countries, ranging from most poor to most wealthy. US prices are two...

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More from Mainers

The Universal Notebook: Nothing healthy about health insurance By Edgar Allen Beem Folks on the far-right fringe – tea partiers, libertarians, secessionists, etc. – were in open revolt against Obamacare until the Supreme Court told them what the rest of us already knew: the individual mandate is completely constitutional. While they were complaining that President Obama had gone too far this time, I was thinking he hadn’t...

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Letters from the voters – Running out of options for affordable health care

I couldn’t have been more shocked when I discovered, just recently, that thanks to our governor and his political antics, I will not be eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Apparently, with an annual income of $8,000 and two children to support, I’m just too well off (and that doesn’t even count the money in the sofa cushions). I realize that appealing to the governor’s...

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Letters to the editor: Medicare should be cheered, expanded

On July 30, 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. As we note that anniversary, it is interesting to compare the health care news of our own day. For instance, an article in the July 25 Portland Press Herald (“Briefcase: Wellpoint stock sets record ahead of health care reform”) reports: “Shares of Wellpoint Inc. hit an all-time high Wednesday, after the nation’s second-largest health insurer trounced second-quarter...

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America needs cost-effective universal health care

In recent months, the people of Maine have witnessed activity by many different players in the health care system as Maine moves to implement the Affordable Care Act. We’ve seen Gov. Paul LePage veto the expansion of MaineCare, which will leave 70,000 Mainers without access to health care. We’re watching MaineHealth and Anthem try to exclude local hospitals and providers in order to gain “market share” in...

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Chapters: Letter Bank

Editor’s Note – The following letters to the editor are written by some of our Maine AllCare Midcoast Chapter members and supporters. We are including them in our new, LETTER Bank page to inform and inspire other folks around the state to make their own public statement about the importance of “health care for everyone – here in Maine”. As a state, we have a tradition of...

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