Category: Elections

Warren and Klobuchar Say They Can Lower Drug Prices Without Congress’ Help

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Emmarie Huetteman On Tuesday, two Democrats running for president promised to do — each by herself — what Washington has so far proven unable to do: lower the prices of prescription drugs. Speaking during the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucus on Feb. 3, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of ….  Read More

Sanders Targets Health Industry’ Profits. Are His Figures Right?

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  “We end the $100 billion a year that the health care industry makes.”  Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 in comments about his “Medicare for All” plan during the January Democratic presidential debate.   At the January Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders zeroed in on the question of profits in the health care ….  Read More

Yang And Sanders Use Maternal Mortality Stats To Talk About Race

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News and Victoria Knight In an exchange about racial inequality during December’s Democratic presidential primary debate, businessman Andrew Yang highlighted jaw-droppingly different health outcomes between black and white women, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders picked up that thread. “If you’re a black woman, you’re 320% more likely to die from complications ….  Read More

Warren’s Argument That Millions Can’t Afford Their Rx Drugs Holds Up

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During a heated exchange over health reform during the December Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren turned to the topic of high prescription drug prices. [khn_slabs slabs=”1034034″ view=”inline” /] During a heated exchange over health reform during the December Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren turned to the topic of high ….  Read More

Democrats Debate Whether ‘Medicare For All’ Is ‘Realistic’

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Emmarie Huetteman In the end, literally, the candidates returned to health care. The sixth Democratic presidential debate on Thursday is likely to be best remembered for its sharp exchanges over campaign finance and a glistening fundraiser in a Napa Valley wine cave. But just before their closing statements, after lengthy discussions of impeachment, climate change ….  Read More

Readers React: UVA Doctors Outraged Over Their Own Health System’s Billing Practices

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Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. First Do No Harm: When Financing Health Care Becomes Unethical We attribute the oldest text of ethics in Western medical practice to Hippocrates (460-370 A.D.), a Greek physician whose oath ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Elections Matter

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Big Democratic wins in the 2019 off-year elections could spell big changes for Medicaid and other health policies in Virginia and Kentucky. Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new “Medicare For All” plan is getting hammered from all parts of the political ….  Read More