22 Studies Agree: ‘Medicare for All’ Saves Money ; The Caroline Flack Outrage Industry ; and More Picks 2/26

32% of American Workers Have Medical Debt — and Over Half Have Defaulted on It (Chris)

The author writes, “Almost a third of working Americans currently have some kind of medical debt and about 28% of those who have an outstanding balance owe $10,000 or more on their bills.”

22 Studies Agree: ‘Medicare for All’ Saves Money (Chris)

From The Hill: “Christopher Cai and colleagues at three University of California campuses examined 22 studies on the projected cost impact for single-payer health insurance in the United States and reported their findings in a recent paper in PLOS Medicine. Every single study predicted that it would yield net savings over several years. In fact, it’s the only way to rein in health care spending significantly in the U.S. All of the studies, regardless of ideological orientation, showed that long-term cost savings were likely. Even the Mercatus Center, a right-wing think tank, recently found about $2 trillion in net savings over 10 years from a single-payer Medicare for All system. Most importantly, everyone in America would have high-quality health care coverage. Medicare for All is far less costly than our current system largely because it reduces administrative costs. With one public plan negotiating rates with health care providers, billing becomes quite simple.”

Sea Level Rise: A Small California Town Embraces Managed Retreat (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “This small but lively town of 23,000 says it’s fought enough coastal issues over the decades to know that bad ideas must be stopped sooner than later.”

Rent Control: Some Critics Say Nationwide Standard Won’t Work (Russ)

From Ozy: “Research by Stanford economists in 2019 found that landlords subject to local rent control laws in San Francisco had lowered rental housing stock by 15 percent, limiting the number of beneficiaries. Rent control can be one tool to address the affordability shortage, but [Keith] Gurnee argues that it should allow local communities to fine-tune norms instead of imposing a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Caroline Flack, ‘Love Island,and the Industry of Outrage Surrounding the Star’s Death (Russ) 

The author writes, “Much has been written about the circumstances that led to the death of the British television presenter Caroline Flack … despite little of substance being known about them.”