A warning against Medicare for all

SUMMARY: President Obama said “Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters — including Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans — are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds or the activist wing of our party.” He added that “the average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”

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Your personal healthcare data

IN SUMMARY: Google now has access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans and popular health websites are sharing people’s sensitive data — including medical symptoms, diagnoses, drug names and menstrual and fertility information — with dozens of companies around the world. This is very concerning but it’s unlikely to affect online health seekers.

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The Lower Drug Costs Now Act is needed NOW!

KEY ARGUMENT: The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, spearheaded by the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, could save $345 billion in federal spending over seven years, the Congressional Budget Office has found. It could also reduce out-of-pocket costs by $158 billion over a decade, according to a nonpartisan federal report. The argument that the money this will cost the industry is moot as pharma has spent tax breaks they received on stock buybacks, not R&D.

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Past-due medical bills are the reason 59 percent of Americans are contacted by a debt collector

HEY NOW: Past-due medical bills are the reason 59 percent of Americans are contacted by a debt collector and 16 percent of Americans’ credit reports include medical debt — about $81 billion total. Yale researchers reviewed more than 8.9 million ER bills, they discovered that 22 percent of privately insured patients were treated by out-of-network doctors.

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