The US health care system now covers 9 out of every 10 Americans

US Health Care System

Though heavily criticized the Affordable Care Act has received, most Americans have medical coverage. The greatly criticized US health care system now covers approximately 90 percent of Americans. Still, it remains a core subject of debate among 2020 presidential candidates. Most are now attempting to present their own alternate versions of the system. In fact, many candidates are seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and begin again. If we were to listen exclusively to what politicians are saying about the US health care system at the moment, it would…

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Medicare for All plan won’t end private insurance, says Senator Kamala Harris

Medicare for All - Official Portrait of Kamala Harris

The senator’s new strategy would transition all Americans to coverage within the span of a decade. Senator Kamala Harris released a new Medicare for All healthcare plan at the start of this week. The purpose would be to transition all Americans into the system within 10 years. The healthcare plan would let private insurance companies remain provided they are compliant. This plan was released ahead of this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit. This Medicare for All healthcare plan doesn’t move as quickly nor span as widely as Senator Bernie Sanders’…

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Bernie Sanders is returning donations in violation of private insurance pledge

Private insurance - Hand holding US dollars

After calling on 2020 Democratic opponents to do so, he will also return donations against his pledge. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has announced his intention to return donations violating his pledges regarding private insurance and pharma money. The move was made after Sanders called on his Democratic 2020 opponents to do the same thing. In Bernie Sanders’ pledge regarding private insurance and pharma, he called for 2020 Democratic campaigns to decline or return donations involving: “contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of health insurance or pharmaceutical companies.” He…

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NFIP improvement bipartisan flood insurance bill in the works in Louisiana

Bipartisan flood insurance bill - Hurricane Katrina New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Barry, state senators are working on a strategy to improve the flawed program. Hurricane Barry may not have been a worst case scenario in Louisiana, but the damage it left behind has driven senators to push harder for a bipartisan flood insurance bill overhaul. NFIP has been problematic for quite some time, but the senators are hoping to make it better. Despite some flooding and damage left behind by Barry, Senator Bill Cassidy pointed out that Louisiana could have fared much worse. The storm corrected…

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Oil insurance rates “increased 10-fold” since Strait of Hormuz tanker attacks

Oil insurance rates - Oil Tanker

The attacks on oil tankers and U.S. spy drones since may have been driving the risk – and cost- skyward. Oil insurance rates to cover tankers transporting crude around the world have been rising sharply over the last couple of months. A US listed shipping company’s CEO pointed out that the recent attacks have spiked premiums. Since May, a U.S. spy drone and six oil tankers have been attacked near or within the Strait of Hormuz. That waterway is a strategic transport route that connects Iran, Oman and the United…

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Michigan motorcycle insurance reform leaves riders concerned over new vulnerabilities

Michigan motorcycle insurance - Man on motorcycle

A new state law designed to get auto insurance rates under control could risk biker coverage. Motorcyclists are feeling nervous about potential upcoming changes to Michigan motorcycle insurance coverage. The state has been making some serious moves to reduce its auto insurance rates after having been the most expensive in the country for many years. The new law will allow motorists to purchase limited personal injury protection benefits. The new state auto insurance law was signed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer after having been pushed by the Republican-led state legislature.…

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Trump to issue health care price transparency executive order today

Health Care Price Transparency - Donald Trump

The president is expected to require insurers and doctors to disclose care costs. Later today, President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order for health care price transparency. The purpose is to require doctors and insurance companies to disclose their health care prices. Industry groups have been vocally opposed to the president’s intention to sign the executive order. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump intends to issue the order for health care price transparency regardless of industry resistance. The order will specifically direct federal agencies to launch guidance…

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