Download here or click below to play It's open enrollment time for Medicare again, and no doubt you're already sick of those damned TV ads for Medicare's so-called Advantage plans. Make no mistake, there's no advantage to these plans, unless you stay completely healthy. Once you get sick, the DISadvantage becomes more than apparent. Unfortunately, as we get older, we have more health challenges. But instead of making things easier on seniors, a new provision has gone into effect that allows these companies to put you into these (dis)advantage plans without even telling you they're doing it! Since open [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) I was almost late for today's show as my appointment with the retinal specialist took longer than I expected. But now I know that I definitely need surgery on my right eye. I have a condition called vitreomacular traction. Needless to say, this is the last thing I need right now on top of two cracked ribs and the fact that we'll have to move out of this house in the next 40-60 days. More on all of that in the very [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) I had planned to deal with Biden's push for voting rights in the first half hour of the show. But I started talking about our guest coming up at the bottom of the hour, Donald Cohen. He's the founder and executive director of In The Public Interest, and his book titled The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back. That set me off on a rant about Medicare Advantage and how it's [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) It's Wednesday, 10 days before Christmas, and it's clear that Congress wants to go home for the holidays as they're getting a lot of work done. Debt ceiling - check. NDAA - (unfortunately) check. Funding the government - (through mid Feb anyway) check. But wait. There's more! We should be on high alert and no one should be allowed to leave DC before the Right to Vote bill and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act are passed and signed in to [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) Tomorrow is the end of open enrollment for Medicare. The means that before midnight Tuesday night, Dec 7, you can change what type of Medicare plan you're enrolled in. I already knew and was warning my listeners about the realities surrounding Medicare Advantage, and we'll get into that again today. But then I read this article about the government's newest scam to privatize Medicare and turn it over to big moneyed interests. This new "experiment" was launched in the final months [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) You knew it was coming if you ever watch television these days. Those insipid and excessive ads for Medicare Advantage Plans are blanketing the airwaves. Of course, I can't help but think that money would be better spent in delivering healthcare to people in need than on nonstop, often misleading advertising. In 16 days, on Nov. 1, open enrollment begins again for the exchanges in the ACA or Obamacare. What's off the table now is Medicare for All, though Bernie Sanders and [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) It's Thursday, the day we usually visit with Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue America PAC. He'll be here today. We'll talk about the three so-called Democrats who tanked the provision that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. It makes no sense, so we'll get Howie's take on it (and find out from him who these three so-called Democrats are). Before I get Howie on the line, I'll check in with Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security [...]
Today is Nov 1, opening day of open enrollment for insurance under the ACA or Obamacare. (Yes, despite Trump's best efforts, Obamacare is still alive and well, and opens today for business.) And Elizabeth Warren released her plan to pay for Medicare for All. Lucky for us, my guest today is Wendell Potter, the whistleblower who exposed the for-profit health insurance industry for the scammers and crooks they are. Today, in addition to discussing our health insurance options today including the choice between Medicare as it stands today and Medicare Advantage, Wendell also weighs in on Warren's and Bernie Sanders' [...]
As usual, Nicole Sandler begins her show with a roundup of the news of the day. Her guest for today's interview is Richard "RJ" Eskow, writer, rabble-rouser and host of The Zero Hour radio program. He wrote an important piece about the fight over means testing for the American Prospect -"What the Fight Over Means Testing Is Really About"- that we'll explore today.
After an update on the day's news, we turn our attention to healthcare. The Florida Healthcare Summit is coming to South Florida this weekend, and today she speaks with one of the keynote speakers, Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United, about the movement toward Medicare for All.