We hear a lot of talk from the health insurance industry about how hard it works to hold down health care costs, but that claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The hard work is really being done by Uncle Sam.
It is a gross injustice for Congress to allow health plans to leave people with serious and disabling conditions at the mercy of out-of-control drug costs. But follow the money, and you see why it does.
The top one percent of working Americans only pay Social Security tax on the wages they earn during the first six weeks of the year. The rest of the year is a tax holiday. Is that fair?
The president proposed moving money into the Social Security disability fund and pledged to only support moves to "strengthen retirement security." Republicans were prepared to put millions of vulnerable Americans at risk.
Raising Medicare deductibles buys into the philosophy that it’s OK to tax older Americans (make them pay more) and keep them from getting care if they are unable to afford the Medicare deductible or the copays.
-In his extraordinarily well-documented expose on the medical-industrial complex for Time magazine, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” Steven Brill explains thoroughly and repeatedly what serious pundits, policy […]