Archive for January 2009

What is Bad Healthcare Reform?

There are two kinds of healthcare reform being promoted nationwide as the Obama Administration talks about providing healthcare for everybody in the United States. One kind continues to support corporate medicine urging everybody who can to continue paying premium prices and purchasing health insurance policies so that healthcare continues to be provided by insurance companies…

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NY’s Massa Sworn In and Co-Sponsors HR 676

Within less than a week of being sworn in as the new Congressman from New York’s 29th Congressional District, Eric Massa proudly informed Rep. John Conyers that he will co-sponsor HR676. Massa also proclaimed his intent to be active in his support of the bill to provide publicly funded, privately delivered healthcare to every Amercian.…

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Single-Payer Activities this Weekend

The energy building around this coming weekend is palpable. Listed below are the activities that are happening in the DC Metro area and nationally to support inaugural events, which is also the weekend of Martin Luther King Day. This is an important weekend to keep single-payer out there; here’s what you can do: Hold Signs…

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Health Insurer Accused of Overcharging Millions

UnitedHealth Group agrees to a $50 million settlement after investigation One of the nation’s largest health insurers has agreed to pay $50 million in a settlement announced today after being accused of overcharging millions of Americans for health care. The New York attorney general’s office launched an investigation after receiving hundreds of complaints about Oxford…

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Single-Payer Health Push Rallies Behind Conyers

As Obama prepares to take office, many women’s advocates are backing a single-payer health insurance reform championed by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. With so many Americans uninsured and underinsured, it’s “past time for change” says Conyers. In December, President-elect Barack Obama invited Americans to hold more than 4,000 “health care house parties” and discuss medical…

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Why Single-Payer Health Care Can’t Wait

Americans’ experience with employer-paid health benefits has been far from happy. A steady stream of reporters from corporate news media outlets warmed things up at a frigid Camp Hope in Chicago last week, when CNN and the local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS all called at Drexel Park on day two of the…

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COBRA Too Costly for Many Unemployed, Report Finds

The cost of buying health insurance for unemployed Americans who try to purchase coverage through a former employer consumes 30 percent to 84 percent of standard unemployment benefits, according to a report released yesterday. Because few people can afford that, the authors say, the result is a growing number of people being hit with the…

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Oppose Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General

The following letter was sent to members and supporters of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) by Dr. Quentin D. Young. Dear PNHP members and friends, The report this week that President-elect Obama is considering Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, for the position of U.S. surgeon general is deeply troubling. Among our…

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Health Care Tops Agenda

Louisvillians had a strong message for President-elect Barack Obama yesterday: The nation’s health-care system needs either massive reforms or a complete overhaul. “Health care in this nation costs too much and is serving too few,” said Scott Wegenast of AARP Kentucky, one of more than 80 people who attended a community health-care forum at the…

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Action Alert: Vote for Single-Payer on Change.org

The second round of voting in Change.org’s “Ideas for Change in America” competition has begun. Let’s make single-payer healthcare one of the ten ideas that will presented to President Barack Obama on January 16th. According to Change.org, “The top 10 rated ideas from the final round will be presented to the Obama administration on January…

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