Diane Archer

Diane Archer is president of Just Care USA, an independent digital hub covering health and financial issues facing boomers and their families and promoting policy solutions. She is the past board chair of Consumer Reports and serves on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Board. Ms. Archer began her career in health advocacy in 1989 as founder and president of the Medicare Rights Center, a national organization dedicated to ensuring that older and disabled Americans get the health care they need. She served as director, Health Care for All Project, Institute for America’s Future, between 2005 and 2010.

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"To contain the virus and relaunch the economy, everyone needs health care," write Archer and Potter. "But without employer-sponsored health insurance and a paycheck, many workers are no longer able to afford the care they need. During a pandemic, that puts all of us in danger." (Photo: Paul Becker / Becker1999 / flickr / cc) Views
Monday, June 08, 2020
To Defeat Coronavirus, We Need to Expand Medicare
The novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed many failings in our health care system, among them the unreliability and excessive cost of employer-sponsored health insurance. More than 40 million people are newly unemployed as a result of the pandemic. According to economists at University of...
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Friday, May 15, 2020
The Best Way to Ensure Unemployed Workers Get Health Care? Pay for It Through Medicare
The coronavirus pandemic should leave no doubt that employer-based health care coverage puts millions of people at risk of going without needed care when they lose their jobs. The Medicare Crisis program , a bill in Congress proposed by Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), would guarantee access...
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A flyer protesting the response to the coronavirus posted in the French Quarter on March 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 30, 2020
In Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic in the US, Nothing Beats Traditional Medicare
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, thank god for traditional Medicare. Millions of people like me can sleep a little better at night knowing that if our parents and grandparents get COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, they won’t hesitate to get treatment. When it comes to health...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Views
Monday, February 24, 2020
Here's What 22 Separate Studies Found: Medicare for All Would Cost Less Than the For-Profit Status Quo
The evidence abounds: A Medicare for All single-payer system would guarantee comprehensive coverage to everyone in America and save money. Christopher Cai and colleagues at three University of California campuses examined 22 studies on the projected cost impact for single-payer health insurance in...
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U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to protect and improve Medicare at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 04, 2019
Watch Out, Seniors! Trump Just Launched a Stealth Attack on Medicare
Watch out, older Americans and people with disabilities! President Trump just announced a plan to give corporate health insurers more control over your health care. His new executive order calls for “market-based” pricing, which would drive up costs for everyone with Medicare, eviscerate...
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Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional organizations held the event to deliver 'more than 2 million petition signatures' in support of expanding Social Security benefits. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Social Security 2100—A Path to Protecting America’s Elderly Communities
For millions of workers, Social Security is all they have to keep them from destitution in old age. Even with Social Security’s guaranteed benefits, they struggle to make ends meet. Fortunately, Congress can easily strengthen retirement security by expanding Social Security. Congressman John Larson...
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Harris’ plan overestimates the government’s ability to keep for-profit health insurance companies from driving up health care spending and denying people needed care. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 05, 2019
'KamalaCare' Fails to Address Big Problem: That We Cannot Trust Insurance Companies
It’s hard to disagree with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) when she says: “Right now, the American health care system is a patchwork of plans, providers and costs that have left people frustrated, powerless and insurance companies in charge. And . . . health care just costs too much.” That makes it...
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"Fixing our broken commercial health insurance system," writes Archer, "is too important to leave to the politicians or to the insurance industry." Views
Monday, March 11, 2019
Why Medicare for Some Is the Wrong Idea
If you’re following the health care debate, you’ve already heard quite a bit about “ Medicare for all ,” the proposal to improve and expand Medicare, the government health insurance program for older adults and people with disabilities, to all Americans. As proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on Capitol Hill on Sept. 13, 2017. Views
Thursday, February 14, 2019
To Be Crystal Clear: 'Medicare for All' Does Not Mean 'Medicare for Some'
As the health care debate heats up, it’s time to be clear about what Medicare for All is and what it is not. Medicare for All does not mean giving people the option to “buy in” to Medicare under our current health insurance system—what might be called Medicare for Some. Members of Congress who...
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The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
The Trump administration is engaged in a massive deception about Medicare Advantage plans, those commercial insurance plans that contract with the government to offer Medicare benefits. These plans are offered as an alternative to traditional Medicare, the public plan administered by the government...
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