Two Congressional plans, one from each side of the political spectrum, are competing to blow up the current healthcare system. Here experts examine one of them—the left’s bid to replace private insurers with a government-run single-payer plan labeled “Medicare for All.” Alternatives may include bolstering the Affordable Care Act, or getting rid of it completely.
Dr. Paul Ginsburg, Director, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy
Deborah Burger, RN, President, National Nurses United
Dr. Ken Thorpe, Professor of Health Policy, Emory University
Lauren Crawford Shaver, Executive Director, Partnership for America’s Health Care Future
Medical bills have long been labeled the number one cause of bankruptcy in the US. A recent study has examined how medical crises produce personal financial disaster. Researchers say for the uninsured, medical bills are, indeed, a heavy burden. But for both insured and uninsured, illness or injury can cause disruption of employment that may linger for years, and from which family finances may never recover. Experts discuss causes and possible solutions to the problem.
Dr. David Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York at Hunter College
Dr. Matthew Notowidigdo, Associate Professor of Economics & Strategy, Northwestern University
Patient advocates have long helped people navigate the healthcare system to get better treatment. Now a new field of advocates is helping people navigate the insurance system as well, assisting with denials and delays. Three experts in the field discuss how to fight your insurer and win.