SNL Video: Elizabeth Warren Explains Medicare for All, Zings Biden and Beto

RELATED STORIES Elizabeth Warren brought her plan for universal health care to Saturday Night Live this week. The Democratic presidential candidate (played by Kate McKinnon) kicked off the cold open at an Iowa rally, aka her “natural habitat” of “a public school on a weekend.” She began by pouring one out for Beto O’Rourke, who […]

The Republican tax bill could force billions of dollars in cuts to programs like Medicare

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would add $ 1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years. According to the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act, or Paygo, the new debt must be offset or the Paygo requirement must be waived. If Paygo is not waived it would trigger automatic cuts to programs like Medicare and […]

Extreme use of painkillers and doctor-shopping are taking a toll on Medicare

This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog. In Washington, D.C., a Medicare beneficiary filled prescriptions for 2,330 pills of oxycodone, hydromorphone and morphine in a single month last year — written by just one of the 42 health providers who prescribed the person such drugs. In Illinois, a different Medicare enrollee received 73 prescriptions […]

How hospice operators are stealing millions from Medicare

Joe Raedle/Getty Images In the latest in a flurry of high-profile Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases, one of the nation’s largest skilled nursing, senior living and rehabilitation providers has agreed to pay the federal government $ 53.6 million to settle a half dozen lawsuits charging that some of its facilities submitted false Medicare claims for […]

GOP lawmakers slammed Obamacare for Medicare cuts — but Trumpcare doesn’t undo them

REUTERS/Carlos Barria WASHINGTON — In letter after letter, Republican lawmakers have reminded their constituents: Obamacare cut Medicare. Implied, and sometimes stated outright, was that the GOP’s own plan should instead bolster the program. “Any reforms must protect Medicare,” Congressman Ted Poe, a Texas Republican who represents a district in the Houston area, wrote in a […]

UnitedHealth is being sued by the US government over Medicare charges (UNH)

Thomson Reuters (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc that claims the country’s largest health insurer and its units and affiliates overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars, a law firm representing the whistleblower said on Thursday. “We reject these more than five-year-old claims and will contest […]