Archive for February 2012

Why Did Single-Payer Health Care Fail in California?

By Lenny Potash for Labor Notes – Though it’s passed the legislature twice before, a bill to establish a single-payer universal health insurance system in California failed in the state senate in January. Not surprisingly, the bill received no Republican votes, but it fell just two votes short of passage when two Democrats voted no…

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Venerated Physician & Activist Dr. Quentin Young Urges Single-Payer Healthcare

From Uprising Radio – Single payer healthcare has been a hot topic since the great healthcare debates of 2009 and 2010, but the organization, Physicians for a National Health Program, has advocated for a single payer system since 1987. The National Coordinator for the program, Dr. Quentin Young, spoke with Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar on…

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Hal Sanders – Advocate of Single-Payer Healthcare

By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Hal Sanders was the epitome of the small-town boy who makes good, except he wasn’t even from a small town. He grew up poor, surrounded by cornfields in rural Illinois, and went on to become a hospital executive who, in retirement, became a champion of single-payer health care…

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AHIP Hooray!

From the Harvard Crimson – If you were anywhere near Harvard Business School last Saturday you might have seen a 12-foot tall puppet dancing to accordion music while a merry band of “Congresspeople” and “health insurance executives” swilled champagne, showered each other in cash and sang round after round of “For She’s A Jolly Good…

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Even Critics of Safety Net Depend on It Increasingly

From the New York Times – LINDSTROM, Minn. – Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government. He says that too many Americans…

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Health Insurers Remain in Many “Socially Responsible” Funds

From the Wall Street Journal – Mention “socially responsible investing” and most people think of a stock-picking strategy that involves abstinence—that is, avoiding industries or companies whose ethical, environmental or governance practices fall short of certain standards. The mutual-fund industry began offering products based on this idea in the 1970s, and Morningstar Inc. recently identified…

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