Medicare For All


This week's topic is Healthcare and we're focusing on Medicare for All.


The Price You Pay For Healthcare

When it comes to the failings of the U.S. healthcare system the areas worst hit are those with limited facilities to start with. Across rural America, hospital closures are on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for small towns to access healthcare. Would Medicare for All help solve this?
In this episode, NPR examines the hollowing out of America’s healthcare system and the policies intended to reverse this trend.  



Drugs Don’t Work If People Can’t Afford Them

Are pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. gaming the system and profiting unfairly from sick people’s misfortune? Or are the high price tags attached to so many medicines essential to the continuation of drug innovation?
Drug prices in America have been going up by nearly four times the rate of inflation over the past 12 years and, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of uninsured Americans in 2017 used their prescribed medicine differently than recommended in an attempt to save money.
In this episode, Deep Dive discusses what impact the pharmaceutical industry's monopoly power over drug pricing in the U.S. has on our access to adequate healthcare, and what reform to this system might look like.



Is Healthcare A Human Right?

The debate surrounding Medicare for All is front and center amongst Democratic candidates campaigning for their party’s Presidential nomination. While they all seem to agree on the concept of universal healthcare, they differ significantly on what that means. From the most extreme reform being put forward by Bernie Sanders, a single payer system that eliminates private insurance, to the more moderate alternative, Medicare expansion, supported by the likes of Former Vice President, Joe Biden. 
In this episode, Vox’s Today Explained examines the different versions of Medicare being endorsed by the candidates; what the public thinks of these myriad proposals; and the Republican party’s counter-narrative. 


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