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This podcast explains why we need Medicare for All and debunks the myths about Medicare for All.

Medicare For All Explaine‪d‬ Joe Sparks

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This podcast explains why we need Medicare for All and debunks the myths about Medicare for All.

    Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2

    Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2

    This is episode 51, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2.“
    My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. 
    Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Transit Employees' Health & Welfare Fund as its Executive Director. The Fund provides the health care benefits for the active and retired members of ATU Local 689 employed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In this role, he become acutely aware of the deficiencies of our current health care system and began to take an active role in organizations advocating for reform, especially a single-payer solution.
    Mr. McGee is on the Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer, the Montgomery County Chapter of Healthcare-NOW, and on the Board of Directors of Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN).
    In Part 1, we discussed problems with the public option. Part 2 discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 
    Do not miss this episode as Mr. McGee discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 

    • 21 min
    Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1

    Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1

    This is episode 50, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1.“
    My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. 
    Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Transit Employees' Health & Welfare Fund as its Executive Director. The Fund provides the health care benefits for the active and retired members of ATU Local 689 employed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In this role, he become acutely aware of the deficiencies of our current health care system and began to take an active role in organizations advocating for reform, especially a single-payer solution.
    Mr. McGee is on the Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer, the Montgomery County Chapter of Healthcare-NOW, and on the Board of Directors of Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN).
    My interview with Mr. McGee covers two episodes 50 and 51. This episode discusses problems with the public option. Part 2, available on March 1st, discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 
    Do not miss this episode as Mr. McGee explains why the public option is bad for the public. 

    • 19 min
    A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All

    A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All

    This is episode 49, “A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All.”
    My guest, Holly Hatcher, is a registered nurse in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Dane County Board Supervisor. She is a mother, grandmother, activist, and Medicare for All Advocate. 
    Ms. Hatcher was instrumental in passing a local resolution in Dane County that supported Medicare for All and was approved on January 7, 2021. 
    Do not miss the episode as Ms. Hatcher describes why we need Medicare for All and why she wanted a local resolution supporting it. 
     

    • 24 min
    Covid and Racial Inequities

    Covid and Racial Inequities

    This is episode 48, “Covid and Racial Inequities.”
    My guest, Susan Rogers, MD, FACP, is the president of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is recently retired, but continues helping people as a volunteer attending hospitalist and internist at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Illinois. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Rush University, and previously was the co-director of medical student programs for the Department of Medicine at Stroger Hospital.  She has received numerous teaching awards from Stroger Hospital and Rush University.
    Dr. Rogers is a member and Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the National Medical Association.
    Do not miss this episode as Dr. Rogers describes the racial inequities revealed by the pandemic in our current healthcare system and what can be done to address them.  

    • 38 min
    The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It

    The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It

    This is episode 47,  “The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It.” 
    My guest, James G. Kahn, MD, MPH, is Emeritus Professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Institute for Global Health Sciences, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published widely on the cost and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention and treatment in the developing world, as well as on other health conditions. 
    Dr. Kahn researches and educates on the costs and financing of single payer / Medicare-for-All. In 2005, he quantified that U.S. health care administration costs funded through private insurance account for nearly 25% of the costs of physician and hospital care. In 2014, he led a team that estimated potential savings of at least $400 billion per year from simplifying insurance-related administration in the U.S. 
    Dr. Kahn also served for two years as President of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
    Do not miss the episode as Dr. Kahn discusses our response to the pandemic and how we can improve our response in the future.

    • 37 min
    Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better

    Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better

    This is episode 46, “Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better.” 
    My guest, Emily Leonard, is a Health Policy Analyst for Medicaid for the state of Maryland. Her work focuses on developing and implementing Medicaid programs to meet the unique needs of the state’s residents. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Leonard grew up in a rural town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is passionate about rural health advocacy and Medicare for All. 
    Do not miss the episode as Ms. Leonard discusses why Medicaid is helpful and Medicare for All would be better. 

    • 31 min

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Medicaid is Helpful, Medicare for All Would be better

I love this episode! It was really interesting to hear Emily’s perspective and understand some of the benefits of single payer. I think a great point is that insurance state by state has the ability to target their programs for their population and as a result utilize their funds more efficiently.

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