Archive for July 2012

An Open Letter to the President on Medicare’s Birthday

Dear Mr. President, Secretary Sebelius, Majority Leaders Reid and Cantor, Speaker Boehner and Minority Leaders McConnell and Pelosi, We write to you on the occasion of Medicare’s 47th birthday to share our deep concern about increasing threats to both Medicare and Medicaid and to urge the immediate expansion of Medicare to everyone in the United…

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Insurance Companies Gaming the System

By Donna Smith – Has your insurance company called you recently to ask you to sign up for a wellness or disease management program? Has that same company told you it’s a free service to policyholders and promised you that they do not share the information with the departments and people who administer your benefits…

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Happy Birthday Medicare!

Happy birthday Medicare! Medicare’s 47th anniversary is today and is a valuable opportunity to highlight why we still need single-payer Medicare-for-all. Take a minute to email and then call Congress to let them know you support improving and expanding Medicare to everyone living in the US. Medicare celebrations are happening around the country, including: Monday,…

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The ACA Leaves Out, Cuts Funds for Uninsured Immigrants

From the New York Times – Hospitals Worry Over Cut in Fund for Uninsured Community Health Centers Funding Cut President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required…

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Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas

Some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines. By Don Lee for the Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — After years of shipping data-processing, accounting and other back-office work abroad, some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on…

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Court’s Ruling May Blunt Reach of the Health Law

From the New York Times – The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s health care overhaul would probably lead to an increase in the number of uninsured and a modest reduction in the cost to the federal government when compared with estimates before the court ruling. Of the…

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How I Lost My Fear of Universal Health Care

By Melissa for Permission to Live – When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if…

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Forging Ahead for Medicare-for-All

I’m angry. My father got laid off (again). My 17 year old sister is beginning to look at colleges for an education I already know she’ll still be paying back in two decades. My friends – some of whom have masters and law degrees – can’t find steady employment. And now the Supreme Court has…

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Targeting Single-Payer Advocates

By Helen Redmond – President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act sucks. It isn’t change in the dysfunctional American health care system that any one should believe in or defend. And yet that is exactly what liberals and progressives are doing. Led by spin doctors at The Nation, they’re spinning ObamaRomneyCare (ORC), and that’s…

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