FROM Margot Sanger-Katz
What Would Sanders’ Single-Payer Healthcare Plan Cost? Bernie Sanders’ proposal of ‘Medicare for All’ to replace Obamacare is being hailed as visionary by some and as politically unrealistic by others. As it is for all single-payer systems, the biggest argument against it is that it would cost too much. Sanders says it would cost more than a trillion dollars a year, but some analysts say it’s more like double that amount. As Sanders says, if Europe can do it, why can’t we?
America's Health Safety Net Is Full of Holes The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was passed five years ago, when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since then, Republicans have voted to repeal it 60 times — but the latest effort, which happened yesterday, is the first to actually reach the White House. The Act, which was never designed to live up to its name, has provided health insurance to 15 million new people. But it doesn't include controls on the cost of insurance premiums, deductibles, drugs, hospital services or doctors' fees. They are all going up, and a new survey reveals the consequence is mountains of medical debt -- even when employers provide health insurance.
Is the US Facing Generational Warfare? The Obama and Romney campaigns are battling over Medicare and, less openly, the so-called "Third Rail of Politics:" Social Security . In 1940, there were 159 workers for every elderly recipient of Social Security, plenty of younger people to pay benefits for the old. An aging population has radically changed that. Now, those 159 workers have dwindled to only three, and they're paying for their parents' Medicare and Social Security. In the meantime, the elderly have become better off than their children and grandchildren. Is this a recipe for generational warfare? Is there a need to reform the social programs before it's too late?
Paul Ryan and the Race to the White House In less than a week since Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan , it's been called a triumph of Reaganesque proportions -- and a political disaster. In fact, few potential voters know much about the 42-year-old from Wisconsin, a staff member on Capitol Hill until his election to Congress in 1999. But it's already clear that the focus of the presidential campaign has shifted from jobs and the economy to the size and power of the federal government. How radical are Ryan's budget proposals? How much does he want to change Medicare? Will his presence on the Republican ticket clarify the differences between the parties or produce more confusion than ever?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.