Archive for July 2011

“Stop! In the Name of Health, Don’t Cut My Medicare”

Video of grannies targeting Obama while channeling the Supremes New York—-While swinging their hips to a Motown groove, grannies tell Obama and congressional leaders to keep their hands off Medicare. Angering many voters who supported him, President Obama has offered cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the debt ceiling negotiations currently gripping Capitol…

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Save lives and money by expanding Medicare to all

By Dr. Quentin Young for Fire Dog Lake – With media attention focused on the debt-ceiling drama in Washington, and with so many Americans rightly preoccupied with the frightening level of joblessness and bleak state of the economy, it might seem strange to urge a national celebration of Medicare’s 46th anniversary this Saturday, July 30.…

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Close to Our Goal!

Healthcare-NOW! is fighting hard for the protection, improvement, and expansion of our most beloved social insurance program: Medicare. To help strengthen our work, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) pledged a $5,000 matching grant. Our supporters have been amazing so far–helping us raise two-thirds of the money in just a few days. But if…

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Let’s all celebrate Medicare’s birthday

By Lee J. Price for the Gainesville Sun – Republican and Democrats alike are swarming at the opportunity to cut government programs under the guise of “balancing the budget,” and everyone’s eyes are on Social Security and Medicare. The problem is that Social Security hasn’t contributed a dime to the federal deficit. And Medicare runs…

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Get Active Now to End Bad Debt Deal

The social insurance programs that have delivered increased health and financial security to those who need it most are being dealt away in a show of political theater over debt ceilings and corporate greed. On July 30th, Medicare turns 46. That’s almost half a century of reducing poverty, increasing health outcomes, and keeping administrative costs…

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Despite Rightwing Myths, US Health Care Problems Rooted in Private Sector

By Mark Weisbrot for JuneauEmpire.com – A recent report by McKinsey and Company was seized upon by opponents of health care reform to create a new myth: that President Obama’s health insurance reform (the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — PPACA) will cause huge numbers of employers to drop health insurance coverage that…

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Why Medicare is the Solution–Not the Problem

By Robert Reich for RobertReich.org – Not only is Social Security on the chopping block in order to respond to Republican extortion. So is Medicare. But Medicare isn’t the nation’s budgetary problems. It’s the solution. The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare. They’re costs all of us are…

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Gang of Pain: Who Suffers Under the Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Scheme

By George Zornick for the Nation – President Obama endorsed the Senate’s Gang of Six deficit reduction plan Tuesday, saying that the proposal “is broadly consistent with the approach that I’ve urged” and “makes sure that nobody is disproportionately hurt from us making progress on the debt and deficits.” However, an examination of the plan’s…

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Medicare’s 46th Anniversary Events

Medicare’s 46th Anniversary Events Nationwide – PDA Brown Bag Lunch Vigils – July 20 Albany, NY – July 21 Albany, NY – August 1 Bellingham, WA – July 29 Chicago, IL – July 27 Corvallis, OR – July 30 Fort Collins, CO – July 30 Front Royal, VA – August 2 Gainesville, FL – July…

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Doctor: Universal Health Care Opponents Play Public for Fools

In an address to the Redlands Democratic Club, Dr. Bill Honigman said the arguments that a single payer plan is socialized medicine or that the state cannot afford the plan is simply wrong. By Gina Tenorio for LomaLinda.Patch.com – When it comes to a universal and single payer health care plan, Dr. Bill Honigman says…

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