Archive for June 2011

How Libby, Montana Got Medicare for All

By Kay Tillow – In 2009 when the Washington beltway was tied up with the health care reform tussle, Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the all powerful Senate Finance Committee, said everything was on the table–except for single payer. When doctors, nurses and others rose in his hearing to insist that single payer…

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Union Nurses Call for Single-Payer System

By Emily P. Walker, MedPage Today – Several hundred members of National Nurses United held a rally here on Tuesday to call for a single-payer healthcare system, an end to tax breaks for big corporations, and workers’ rights. The nurses started their march in front of the White House and walked across the street to…

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British fear ‘American-style’ healthcare system

As leaders debate ways to reform healthcare, politicians repeatedly tell a worried public that Britain will not turn the National Health Service into an ‘American-style’ private system. By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – Two years ago, Britons were outraged when U.S. politicians like Sarah Palin, in the debate over healthcare reform, turned this country’s…

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John Boehner Didn’t Cry for Us, He Locked Us Out of His Office

A Capitol Police Officer oversees us deliver 2,100 letters to Rep. John Boehner asking him not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Thanks to all of our supporters, over 2,100 people signed our petition asking Speaker of the House John Boehner not to cut or privatize Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Many of you…

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VWC on Their Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign

Last night, June 8, Healthcare-NOW! hosted a national conference call featuring members of the Vermont Workers’ Center to discuss their Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign and the impact it had on universal healthcare legislation in their state. If you missed the call but want to hear it, you can download it here (right click…

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Still Paying Through the Nose, Labor Campaigns for Single Payer

By Andy Coates for Labor Notes – A year after President Obama signed his health care reform with strong support from the labor movement, advocates of a single-payer system might be tempted to ask, “How’s that working out for you?” At last weekend’s conference of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, a Plumbers and Pipe…

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Action Alert: Healthcare NOT Warfare

Healthcare-NOW! is an endorsing organization of Progressive Democrats of America’s Healthcare NOT Warfare Campaign. To support the growing demand that we end foreign wars and bring money home for domestic needs, please sign this letter to the Senate Democratic Caucus asking them to support the DNC Afghanistan Withdrawal Resolution and Sanders’ American Health Security Act…

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Medicare for All!

By the Editors of the Nation – The day after Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset victory in a special election deep in upstate New York’s Republican territory, former President Bill Clinton was getting real chummy with Congressman Paul Ryan, whose plan to privatize Medicare was widely seen as costing the Republicans the race and…

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