Government-funded health insurance

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma speaks during a news conference in Washington. Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Aug. 7, it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient’s own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Verma said the decision will provide consistent and predictable access nationwide, opening up treatment options for some patients "who had nowhere else to turn." (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
August 07, 2019 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Wednesday it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient's own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Officials said Medicare will cover CAR-T cell therapies for certain...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1949, file photo, Brigadier Gen. Wallace Harry Graham, right, personal physician of President Harry S. Truman checks his blood pressure in the president's office in Washington. Seventy years ago, before Medicare existed to inspire “Medicare for All,” a Democratic president wrestled with a challenge strikingly similar to what the party’s White House hopefuls face today. Harry Truman, then in his fourth year of pressing for a national health insurance system, parried criticism of his approach in terms that a single-payer health care advocate might use in 2019.(AP Photo/Henry Griffin, File)
August 05, 2019 - 12:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy years ago, before Medicare existed to inspire "Medicare for All," a Democratic president wrestled with a challenge strikingly similar to what the party's White House hopefuls face today. Harry Truman, then in his fourth year of pressing for a national health insurance...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a candidate forum on labor issues Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 04, 2019 - 6:28 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates' tussle over health care reform continued Saturday as they pitched themselves to Nevada union members, with former Vice President Joe Biden declaring he's "against any Democrat who wants to get rid of Obamacare" and Sen. Kamala Harris saying no...
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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a public employees union candidate forum Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 03, 2019 - 5:26 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contenders in Nevada (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Bernie Sanders says union workers will be better off under his switch to his government-run "Medicare for All" health insurance proposal because they'll get better coverage and it will give them...
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August 02, 2019 - 9:57 am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Health officials say an investigation into the University of North Carolina Hospital's pediatric cardiology unit found "no current deficiencies" after a New York Times article described higher death rates in the unit that performs child heart surgeries. In a Thursday...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., gestures toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 02, 2019 - 5:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates are split over eliminating employer-provided health insurance under "Medicare for All." The risk is that history has shown voters are wary of disruptions to job-based insurance, the mainstay of coverage for Americans over three generations. Those...
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talk after the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 01, 2019 - 7:06 am
DETROIT (AP) — From the beginning, Joe Biden knew he would take heat at Wednesday's presidential debate . He was right — but he was not alone. The evening marked some of the toughest attacks California Sen. Kamala Harris has faced as a candidate. The exchanges were part of a broader ideological...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 31, 2019 - 10:27 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 10:25 p.m. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is blasting former Vice President Joe Biden for once opposing a decades-old tax credit for working mothers and fathers. Gillibrand is suggesting that meant that...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 31, 2019 - 2:40 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the second round of Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is reporting $1.1 million in new contributions as well as more than 70,000 new individual donations since Tuesday. Sanders faced off...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., embrace after the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 31, 2019 - 10:46 am
DETROIT (AP) — The signature domestic proposal by the leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination came under withering attack from moderates in a debate that laid bare the struggle between a call for revolutionary policies and a desperate desire to defeat President...
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