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The group behind the ad is the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, whose members include major industry players such as America’s Health Insurance Plans and PhRMA. The video is part of a five-figure ad buy over the next three weeks, as part of a larger six-figure effort that will continue through the year, the group said.
A new poll finds that support for a single-payer health care system depends on how the question is framed. When people were told “Medicare for All” would guarantee health insurance as a right, support rose to 71 percent. But when taxes were brought up, it plunged to 37 percent. Meanwhile, as the 2020 gets into swing, progressives embrace calls for a “Medicare for All” plan.
“Medicare for All” is on the agenda for liberal candidates pitching their hats into the 2020 race — including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) who announced her candidacy on Monday. But a more incremental approach, such as opening Medicare to more demographics, is gaining traction with some of the more moderate lawmakers in the party.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared his $209 billion state budget proposal, of which health care accounts for nearly 30 percent, “a reflection of our values.” The governor projects a massive $21.5 billion surplus as growth slows for Medi-Cal. Now he must negotiate with the legislature on a final budget by June 15 — so some of these proposals are certain to change or be eliminated.
Media outlets take a look at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal for health care, including reinstating the individual mandate for Californians and taking steps toward a universal coverage system.
A Harvard/Politico poll geared to take the temperature of Americans’ health care views found that while support for a plan like “Medicare for All” was mostly coming from Democrats, even Republicans were receptive to allowing Americans under 65 to buy into Medicare as another option. Americans from both parties were also in overwhelming agreement that lawmakers should make sure insurance companies provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions
Michael Martinez previously worked in Gilead’s life sciences sector. Gilead, in turn, disclosed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as recently as Nov. 6 that the California Department of Insurance and Alameda County District Attorney’s Office issued subpoenas in October 2017 requesting documents related to its marketing, and interactions with specialty pharmacies.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, ruling on a suit brought by opponents of the Affordable Care Act, says that the law was invalidated when Congress dropped the tax penalty for not having coverage. Advocates for the law say they will appeal the decision.
The state is expecting an “extraordinary” budget surplus of $14.8 billion for the 2019-20 fiscal year, to go with $14.5 billion it has already put in rainy-day reserves, the legislative analyst’s office said in November.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the expected incoming House Ways and Means chairman, signaled his willingness to hold hearings on “Medicare for all,” a popular priority for many progressive lawmakers in the party. Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, health care costs are in the spotlight, as well as a bill aimed at reversing the country’s maternal mortality rates.