House# AHCA vote livens up Lown2017 “right care” conference

logoThe Lown Institute’s meeting is taking place as the nation is trying to digest the possible impact of  yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives.

The group’s Right Care Alliance sees the ACA as an inadequate answer to the problems of cost, access and quality. So, their reaction may not include the same kind of outrage you hear from ACA supporters.  Lown recently delivered their global perspective in a series of articles in The Lancet .

They started right off this morning with a forceful critique of the AHCA  from global thinker Jeffery Sachs .




Single-payer lives — in my mailbox

Boston Health News doesn’t take sides, so we won’t be signing the petition to both Massachusetts senators that arrived in the mail yesterday.  But it is worth noting. The fat single payer posterenvelope features a quote from Bernie Sanders, a document entitled  “Myths and Lies about Single-Payer” and an appeal for donations to Public Citizen, the consumer group that has championed the cause for many years.

A group called Mass Care has been advocating for single-payer in the state, recently gaining a powerful ally, health policy heavyweight Don Berwick. This weekend, the group and its supporters will be gathering on the steps of the State House as part of a “National Day of Action for Improved Medicare.

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2016: Alan Meyers, a Boston Medical Center pediatrician, said Sanders has brought discussion of single-payer into the mainstream. “We’ve been waiting for this for years.”  They’ll be lobbying for Medicare For All , aka single payer.

The Washington Post reports that the failure of the AHCA has led to a resurgence of the idea.

Progressives, emboldened by Republicans’ health-care failure, are trying to shift the political debate even further to the left, toward a long-standing goal that Democrats told them was unrealistic. They see in President Trump a less ideological Republican who has also promised universal coverage, and they see a base of Trump voters who might very well embrace the idea.

Here in Massachusetts, health planners have moved beyond coverage to costs. Check out the latest on that from The Boston Globe.