Archive for December 2008

Action Alert: Vote for single payer on Obama’s website

Until December 31st, 2008, we have the opportunity to use the Obama web site to vote your support for the single-payer position. The Obama transition team is soliciting questions from the public via their web site. Visitors may “vote” for the best questions, which will then be responded to by the Obama team. As of…

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Teen’s family sues Cigna over denied transplant

17-year-old leukemia patient died hours after insurance reversed refusal updated 6:32 p.m. ET, Fri., Dec. 26, 2008 LOS ANGELES – The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant. The lawsuit filed last week…

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There’s No Place Like Home for The Holidays, Until There is No Home

Donna Smith’s holiday message is featured on the front page of Common Dreams today.  It is a message to all of us as we struggle to include health care for all as the basis of any economic recovery package: A little box arrived from Chicago last week to my temporary digs here in Washington, DC. Inside…

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Message from Representative John Conyers

President-elect Barack Obama has set up a website to gather ideas from ordinary citizens on the most important issues facing our country.  Obama wants to hear from you about health care.  Now is our chance to show the president-elect the tremendous support nationwide for single payer health care. Show your support for single payer health care Single payer…

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Health Care Series: 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care

Dr. Steve from the Daily Kos is starting a series of diaries to provide basic information regarding how the health care system works, basic health care economics, and other general background to health care reform, with a single payer focus. The goal is provide a broad background that is NOT driven by specific events, news,…

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December 22nd: National Call-In Day for HR 676

GIVE AMERICA A GIFT. NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR HR 676, Single-Payer Healthcare Monday, December 22, 2008 The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare – National Single Payer Coalition Steering Committee has adopted an action plan that includes two national call-in days to Congressional members. The call-in days will focus coalition organizations on asking their membership to…

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Healthcare-NOW! Activist, Alison Landes, on the air

Yesterday, Alison Landes, a single-payer activist with Healthcare-NOW! and Floridians for Health Care was interviewed on WMNF 88.5 by Rob Lorei. Listen to the full show. The show’s topic was “Does the Nation Need Health Care Reform?” Excerpt from the show: Today we’ll talk about health care reform. It’s near the top of the agenda…

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Meet Dr. Quentin Young

For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Young, he has been a tireless advocate for single payer health care for over twenty years, but that is just one item on a CV that includes: – Practicing medicine for over sixty years (he’s recently retired) – President of the Medical Committee for Human Rights,(physicians who traveled…

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Blacking Out Single-Payer–And Killing The Auto Industry

By Jonathan Tasini— When the history of our current economic crisis is written, there will need to be a full chapter devoted to the willful ignorance or stupidity of the traditional media. Right before our eyes stands the solution to a huge chunk of our fiscal nightmare and a lifeline for the auto industry: single-payer…

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Obama and Daschle should opt for single-payer

By Rose Ann DeMoro– Barack Obama needs to make good on his campaign pledge to reform health care. It is not enough to throw the issue off to former Senator Tom Daschle, Obama’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Daschle says he wants to hear from us, the American people, on…

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