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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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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With Medicare for All, there would be no need for Medicare Advantage plans. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, October 25, 2018
10 Reasons Medicare Advantage Plans Will Never Meet Our Needs
More and more policymakers and Americans are recognizing the value of Medicare for All, a national health insurance program run by the government on behalf of its citizens. But there is still some confusion about the role commercial insurers might play in such a system. Some argue that commercial...
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