Provider Payments Only Fall by 10.6% in Mercatus Study

Provider Payments Only Fall by 10.6% in Mercatus Study
By Matt Bruenig

August 15, 2018 at 09:44AM
via People’s Policy Project https://www.peoplespolicyproject.org/2018/08/15/provider-payments-only-fall-by-10-6-in-mercatus-study/

“American hospitals spend 25 percent of their revenue on provider-side administrative expenses. By contrast, Canada and Scotland, both single-payer systems, only spend 12 percent. A single-payer system like Medicare-for-All would make it much easier for hospitals to do their administration because they would only have to bill the national health insurer rather than deal with all sorts of different insurers and uninsured people. If they can get their administrative costs down to Canadian levels, that would represent a cut in their operating costs of 13 percent, which is more than the 10.6 percent cut in provider payments.”

Trump and the Enemies of the People

Trump and the Enemies of the People
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August 16, 2018 at 06:31PM
via My Reading List: Unread https://newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/trump-and-the-enemies-of-the-people

«All this foreign history should not feel quite so foreign now. It should serve as a warning to Americans in the era of Donald Trump about the fragility of principles and institutions, particularly when those principles and institutions are under attack by a leader who was ostensibly elected to protect them. This week, dozens of American publications are publishing editorials in ardent opposition to President Trump’s assault on the press and his use of that poisonous phrase “enemies of the people.” The refusal to bend to that assault, and the protection of practices and institutions that are more fragile than we usually care to acknowledge, is essential to the future of American democracy.»