Archive for January 2011

House Republicans Consider Privatizing Medicare

From the AP – WASHINGTON — Months after they hammered Democrats for cutting Medicare, House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize the health program for seniors. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical…

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Action Alert: State of the Union

Tonight, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address to those who are anxiously waiting to hear what he will say about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. While President Obama has stated he will not urge cuts to Social Security in his speech tonight, a narrowly defeated proposal by the Deficit Commission to…

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Neighborhood Fund Raisers to Pay for Cancer Treatment

Dear Speaker Boehner: I am a musician, a member of a symphony orchestra that belongs to a national group known as the Regional Orchestra Players’ Assoc. Most of the musicians who perform in these orchestras are not covered by insurance carried by their employer, even though I believe most of the office staff do have…

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He Had Worked Hard Since He Was 12

Dear Speaker Boehner: My husband died in 2003 due to lack of care for diabetes and cancer after we lost our health insurance. There were times we couldn’t get insulin and no churches or private agencies could help either. We lost our home, our business and eventually him, because the only jobs I could get…

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Hsiao says hybrid single-payer is best option for Vermont

By Jon Margolis for VTDigger.org – Dr. William Hsiao made his presentation to the full Vermont House and Senate Wednesday, Jan. 19. His full 138-page report in PDF is here. His PowerPoint presentation is available in PDF here. For his 10-page summary statement in PDF click here . The very day the U.S. House of…

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Will You Cry for Me, John Boehner?

Tired of the political theater in Washington, DC? Want to tell real stories by real people who need real change from Congress? As House Republicans make their futile attempt to repeal health reform, join us in launching the “Will You Cry for Me, John Boehner?” campaign. Because we know Speaker of the House Boehner has…

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Vermont Delegation Will Seek Path To Single-Payer Health Care Reform

By Bob Kinzel for Vermont Public Radio – (Host) Vermont’s Congressional delegation is pledging to work together to make it easier for the Shumlin Administration to implement a single payer health care plan. The goal is to make it possible for Vermont to seek a waiver from the federal government for a single payer plan…

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GOP Launches Bid To Repeal Health Care Law

By Julie Rovner for NPR – The formal title of the two-page bill the House is scheduled to vote on Wednesday is “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” But in the wake of the recent shootings in Arizona that killed six people and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the phrase “job-killing” was barely…

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Update on Single Payer from Dr. Margaret Flowers

An interview with Dr. Margaret Flowers from OpEdNews.com by Joan Brunwasser – My guest is Dr. Margaret Flowers, congressional fellow of Physicians for a National Health Program [PNHP]. Welcome back to OpEdNews, Margaret. Republican lawmakers, fresh from their November victory, are pledging to move immediately in the new Congress to dismantle the health care law…

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