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There are really two pandemics currently wreaking havoc across the US. Both involve the same COVID-19 virus, but while they are both terrifying and dangerous, they differ in the type of damage they are causing. One epidemic is a general contagion afflicting everyone. Even...
By Kimberly J. Soenen   I grew up amongst the Shock Doctrine generation, Generation X. We were raised in between the sentences of the book by Naomi Klein that has been referenced frequently as of late. The book supports the theory that exploitation of national crises...
The mid 1990s was a scary time for those of us who had just enough knowledge about the downside scenarios that could come to fruition as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union.  I was serving in the Navy during the transition from the bi-polar...
The US health care system is a dystopian nightmare that’s rapidly unfolding. In New York City, which now accounts for roughly 5 percent of coronavirus cases worldwide, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Monday that the city could run out of medical supplies as early as...
By Brent Korson   The Most Pressing Question in America’s Fight Against Coronavirus There’s a lot to process right now, in the time of coronavirus, which means the questions to prioritize feel daunting. The one that keeps returning to the top of the list though, is...
Wendell Potter A word to the wise: During this coronavirus crisis, keep an eye on every move of my old industry: health insurers. Behind the PR spin, they’ll be doing everything they can to deny care and maintain profits while making it look...
Less than a week ago, the World Health Organization finally announced the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus had reached a point of global spread that it is now officially a pandemic. Many U.S. Schools are closing until April
Experts are warning that within two to four weeks the United States will find itself facing a full-blown pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. We often hear mindless propaganda from conservative and liberal politicians alike declaring the the US has “the best health care...
As insurance companies push doctors to save money by switching their patients to generic drugs, complaints about those generics appear to be on the upswing.  That’s the observation of journalist Katherine Eban, who has written a book, “Bottle of Lies,” that tells a very dark tale about...
Dear Tarbell Community: I started this nonprofit news outlet three years ago with the dream of changing the conversation about America and the powers that shape all our lives. The past few years have been an incredible learning experience for the entire team at Tarbell.
The new corporate media and conservative Democratic argument against front-runner Bernie Sanders’ eminently logical proposal for creating a single-payer government health insurance program that he calls “Medicare for All” is that it would destroy the huge health insurance industry and put 1.8 million insurance industry employees out...
The "Other America" First things first - this brilliant investigation of the “other America” by the Pulitzer Prize winning husband and wife team of...
The current network of health cares and doctors has prevented people with uncommon conditions and smaller hometowns to lose critical options, Trudy Lieberman writes.
We know too well the cost of American health care keeps rising as far as the eye can see. In 1995, health care accounted for 13.4 percent of GDP; in 2018, it consumed 17.7 percent. It is projected to rise even more.  Despite all the talk about how they should...
In recent days, several tweets shared ominous news about the state of health insurance in the country. One tweeter said she bought an Affordable Care Act policy for a $1,200 monthly premium and a $7,500 deductible. By May, she said, she could no longer afford that premium. Another tweeter said...
If you’re buying health insurance on your own this year, the marketplace is more complicated – and dangerous – than ever. Dangerous?  How can that be?  This is health insurance we’re talking about, not some sketchy Internet site. But the reality is that the scam artists are out in full...
I recently shared the link to an op-ed on social media explaining why, in the author's opinion, establishment of a single payer system in the U.S. is almost inevitable. In response, a fellow Tennessee family physician who is only a few years out of residency commented that...
Two years ago in Dallas, I met an 85-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son.  Both were very hungry with almost no food in their fridge or in their cupboards. After they had paid their bills, their meager monthly income from Social Security was dwindling. For lunch the mother wanted...
Tarbell will be testing out some new story formats and features ahead of the new year! One of our first is "Ask Tarbell", a Q&A on policy, spin and general queries surrounding US government. If you have a question, or feedback on this piece, write to us at hello@tarbell.org....
Along with crunchy leaves and pumpkins, fall brings a slew of advertising for insurance plans that fill the gaps in Medicare coverage.  Misleading and confusing messages continue to reach beneficiaries and those nearing Medicare age.  To take myself as an example, I’ve received an invitation to a Medicare Advantage plan...