Archive for October 2011

Occupy SF: the teenager who was refused cancer treatment

Miran Istina, 18, joined protests after four years of being denied life-saving bone marrow transplant for leukaemia By Eoin Reynolds for the Guardian – As Miran Istina puts it, she has been living on borrowed time since she was 14. Diagnosed with cancer, she was given just months to live after her health insurer refused…

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A Tweak To Health Law Would Eliminate Medicaid For Some

By Julie Rovner for NPR – Should the middle class be eligible for Medicaid? The health program, funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year’s health law isn’t changed that could be the case for people with pretty healthy incomes. So today,…

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Occupy Wall St. Single-Payer March Roundup

Healthcare-NOW! NYC Organizer Katie Robbins address the crowed at the Occupy Wall Street universal, single-payer healthcare march on October 26th. Here’s the press release about the march: Wall Street’s control of health care is exposed in a march/speak-out today that starts at the offices of Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, a subsidiary of WellPoint, the largest…

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Dems Propose $400 Billion in Medicare Cuts

By Sam Stein for Huffington Post – Democrats on the congressional super committee have produced a “presentation” that would include a roughly equal mix of spending cuts and revenue increases to achieve an estimated $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion in deficit reduction. The early reviews among progressives is that the outlines, as introduced by Senate…

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Help Wanted: Lessons From The Single-Payer State

How to spread Vermont’s human-rights victory throughout the country BY James Haslam for In These Times – BURLINGTON, VT. — On May 26, 2011, as we watched Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) sign “Act 48: Relating to a Universal and Unified Health System” into law—which sets Vermont on course to become the first U.S. state…

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Why Healthcare Reform Matters to Occupy Wall Street

By E.D. Kain for Forbes – Nearly every country in the developed world has some form of universal access to health insurance. The glaring exception to this rule is the United States. As a proponent of free markets, I find this to be a glaring failure on the part of American policy makers and business…

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Rally For Health Care Reform

From NY1.com – Nurses and doctors joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters Sunday to rally for health care reform, and tourists continued to funnel in and out of Zuccotti Park to witness the demonstrations for themselves. The event in Zuccotti Park featured speakers demanding significant health care reform across the country. “If we eliminated some…

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Poverty, Addiction, and Medicaid Cuts: A Former Addict’s Call to Occupy Wall St.

By Jeff Deeney for AlterNet – An addict-turned-social worker explores the relationship between poverty and addiction, exposing how Medicaid cuts could have disastrous consequences on entire communities. This week the City of Philadelphia was awarded the dubious distinction of the nation’s “poorest large city,” with one quarter of the adult population and one third of…

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Deficit commission showing no progress

By Robert Pear for the New York Times – With just five weeks until its deadline, a secretive congressional committee seeking ways to cut the federal deficit is far from a consensus, and party leaders may need to step in if they want to ensure agreement, say people involved in the panel’s work. The 12-member…

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