Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing the idea of a universal health care system in the United States. He is among the front runners in polling, so it is actually having an effect on housing stocks. The U.S. already spends more of its GDP -- 17 percent in 2017 -- on health care than any other nation.Question: Would a universal health care system benefit the U.S. economy in the long run?Phil Blair, ManpowerYES: Universal health care will level the playing field for a basic human need. There will be very hard questions about what services are basic and what higher level of service can be bought on the open market. Also, if government cannot provide consistent, quality health care at an affordable price, we will need to empower the non-government, private sector health care system to cover all Americans. Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic ResearchNO: Government and government-subsidized insurance companies currently account for most spending on health care. … [Read more...] about Econometer: Would universal health care help the U.S. economy?
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and longtime climate change advocate Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) are expected to introduce sweeping legislation to transform the United States economy and job market, including changing a nation that currently fills 17 percent of its electricity needs from “renewable” sources to 100 percent in just ten years. Axios first reported that the proposed legislation, citing a Green New Deal document linked to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign website, could be announced as early as next week:The Green New Deal is a set of vague, but broad progressive policy goals seeking to transform the economy in the name of fighting climate change. It has risen from obscurity to prominence since the November election, with Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star, leading the charge. Democrats eyeing presidential runs — including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris — are backing the general concept of the Green New Deal, which is sure to play a role … [Read more...] about Markey/Ocasio-Cortez to Unveil Climate Change Bill: Green Energy, Job Guarantees, Universal Health Care
Karen Matthews Associated Press Published 10:23 PM EST Jan 8, 2019 New York – New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city’s existing public insurance program and providing uninsured people with access to affordable care at city-owned facilities. “From this moment on in New York City everyone is guaranteed the right to health care,” the Democratic mayor said. “We are saying the word guarantee because we can make it happen.” The program is intended to reach an estimated 600,000 city residents currently without health insurance. Half of that group can’t get health insurance because of their immigration status, de Blasio said, while the remainder includes young people who don’t think they need coverage and people who find the … [Read more...] about Mayor: NYC to expand health care to 600K
At Wake Radiology in North Carolina, roughly 50 doctors scrutinize x-rays and other images for local medical providers. Within a few weeks, they should start to get help on some lung CT scans from machine-learning algorithms that highlight potentially cancerous tissue nodules. Although Wake is based in a region known as the Research Triangle, for its intensity of high-tech R&D, the lung-reading software hails from elsewhere—China. Infervision, a four-year-old Beijing startup, has amassed more than a million scans from Chinese hospitals that it’s using to train and test algorithms. Gathering medical data is much easier for Chinese companies than for their US counterparts, because patient populations are larger and the burden of privacy regulations smaller. “In the US, particularly for big academic hospitals, you have to go through so many processes and it can take a really long time to access data,” says Yufeng Deng, Infervision’s chief scientist. … [Read more...] about How Health Care Data and Lax Rules Help China Prosper in AI
LEVITTOWN, Pa.—With whiffs of cigarette smoke wafting from the adjoining Band Box bar, surrounded by the nonstop clatter of bowling pins, Donna Brown and Kaci Rickert sat across from each other at a little low table one recent evening at the shabby, homey Levittown Lanes. The women’s league teammates ate salad and ziti and made small talk. Brown got up for her turn, and Rickert offered an admission in what was almost a whisper. “We’re on two different sides of the political aisle,” she said, “but we don’t discuss it.” There was, however, one perennial problem they wanted to talk about. And when they started, they couldn’t stop.Story Continued Below “Health care,” said Rickert, 56, a hospice nurse. “It’s the top issue,” said Brown, 64, a hairdresser. “Cost … accessibility,” Rickert continued, ticking off her complaints. “There should be some way to limit the high deductibles that … [Read more...] about The Great American Health Care Panic