Archive for April 2009

Portland IBEW Local Endorses HR 676

The 4,000 member IBEW Local 48 has voted to endorse HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Dana Welty, Oregon Nurses Association, and Tom Leedham, IBT Local 206, made a joint presentation on HR 676 to the February membership meeting but the endorsement of HR 676 was tabled until the…

Read More

Belly Dancers Rally for Universal Health Care

By Scott Hershberger for Your4State.com— MARTINSBURG, WV – It may have looked like a party in Martinsburg: belly dancers and loud, festive music, but the people involved weren’t celebrating. The group is hoping to see “single payer” health insurance in the United States, and they want some support from a local lawmaker. They’re hoping to…

Read More

Testimony of David U. Himmelstein, M.D. Before the HELP Subcommittee

By David U. Himmelstein from PNHP.org— Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee. My name is David Himmelstein. I am a primary care doctor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard. I also serve as national spokesperson for Physicians for a National Health Program. Our 16,000 physician members support nonprofit, single-payer national health…

Read More

Healthcare Lifeboats

By David U. Himmelstein & Steffie Woolhandler— Massachusetts’s 2006 healthcare reform plan, often cited as a model for the nation, is sailing through choppy waters. Governor Deval Patrick is keeping it afloat by throwing away the lifeboats: public hospitals and clinics. Freighted with tax-funded windfalls that brought private insurers and hospitals on board, the reform…

Read More

Interview: Robert Kuttner on single-payer health care

By Vermont Public Radio— Two nationally known health care policy thinkers will be in Vermont this week, engaging in a debate over health care organized by the Janus forum at UVM. Yesterday we heard from Arnold Kling of the Cato Institute, who argues that while our current system of health insurance is broken, a universal…

Read More

Astroturf Lobby Charged With Tricking Old Folks Into Writing Letters To Editors

By Ryan Grim for the Huffington Post— Medicare Advantage plans — publicly funded but privately administered Medicare plans — are regularly accused of tricking the elderly into giving up their Medicare coverage for an Advantage plan that doesn’t suit them. In response, are they now tricking old folks into signing letters to local newspapers, hoping…

Read More

USW and CWA Locals Endorse Single-Payer, HR 676

Two more local unions in Oregon have endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). In McMinnville, Steelworkers Local 8378 endorsed HR 676 and submitted its resolution to the Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties Central Labor Council for consideration, reports Joseph Munger, President of the USW Local. In Portland, Communications…

Read More

TNRtv: The Case for Single-Payer Health Care

From the New Republic— At the 2009 World Health Care Congress, TNR senior editor Jonathan Cohn sat down with Dr. Michael Chen, Vice President and CFO of Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Bureau, to discuss the results of Taiwan’s switch to a universal health care system.

Read More

Action Alert: Get Single-Payer into Congressional Hearings

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) announced that the Committee will hold another hearing in a series on reforming the health insurance market. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and will focus on strategies to reform the health insurance market to ensure greater accessibility and affordability.…

Read More

Top Ten Enemies of Single Payer

By Russell Mokhiber of Single Payer Action— Most people, when they arrive in Washington, D.C., see it for what it is – a cesspool of corruption. Two reasonable reactions to the cesspool. One, run away screaming in fear. Two, stay and fight back and bring to justice those who have corrupted our democracy. Unfortunately, many…

Read More