Finally, the government is going after Big Pharma theft. Bennet gets called out on air, privileged Bloomberg, and Trump is triangulating folks.
A shockwave occurred this morning in my psyche as I read that the government, is suing Big Pharma.
But the news just kept coming. Bloomberg believes the Democratic candidates are just chump change and needs his gravitas. Really. Katy Tur allowed Michael Bennet to hang himself as he tried to diss Medicare for All and still call himself a transformational leader. Democrats would do well to understand Trump’s triangulation. It has the power for him to lose in a landslide in the popular vote and still win.
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Study: At Least 15,600 Premature Deaths Resulted From GOP Blocking Medicaid Expansion
New research “shows that gaining Medicaid coverage is literally a matter of life and death, particularly for people with serious health needs,” and bolsters arguments in favor of states expanding their Medicaid programs, according to a report published this week by a leading progressive policy institute.
A report released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) details how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid from 2014 to 2017 saved the lives of at least 19,200 people aged 55 to 64. Meanwhile, state decisions to not expand during that time led to the premature deaths of 15,600 adults in that age group.
Highlighting those figures in a tweet Friday, Andy Slavitt, who served as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration, called the CBPP’s report “major” and “important.”
Medicaid is a joint federal and state health insurance program that provides coverage to low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The ACA, signed in 2010, aimed to force states to expand Medicaid eligibility to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level—but a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made the expansion voluntary.
The CBPP report is based on a study conducted by Sarah Miller of the University of Michigan, Sean Altekruse of the National Institutes of Health, Norman Johnson of the Census Bureau, and Laura Wherry of the University of California, Los Angeles. The researchers looked at mortality trends for lower-income older adults in recent years, as several states expanded Medicaid eligibility.