Archive for July 2012

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

By Rose Ann DeMoro for the Nation – Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. Potter argues that insurance industry pirates will exploit left critiques of…

Read More

States could leave millions of low-income people uninsured

The new Medicaid “doughnut hole” From the Washington Post – For Gov. Rick Perry, saying “no” to the federal health care law could also mean turning away up to 1.3 million Texans, nearly half the uninsured people who could be newly eligible for coverage in his state. Gov. Chris Christie not only would be saying…

Read More

July 30: Celebrate Medicare’s 47th Anniversary

Coming in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare’s 47th anniversary on Monday, July 30 is a great opportunity to highlight why we still need single-payer Medicare-for-all. We know that the ACA will not achieve universal coverage — at least 26 million people will remain uninsured…

Read More

Healthcare Advocates: Time To Bury the Hatchet

By Wendell Potter for the Nation – Health insurance executives breathed a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court upheld their favorite part of the Affordable Care Act (the part that is one of the least popular among the rest of us)—the individual mandate. And then, I’m confident, moments after they exhaled, they were on…

Read More

Petition to TIAA-CREF: Move Your Money Out of Private Health Insurance!

Socially responsible investors were shocked to learn TIAA-CREF, one of the largest pension funds in the world, invests their socially responsible funds in major private health insurance companies. Private health insurance companies are known for their duplicitous practices in denying and delaying care to maximize profits; literally bankrupting patients, while registering soaring profits for shareholders…

Read More

Medicaid expansion a tough sell to governors of both parties

By N.C. Aizenman and Karen Tumulty for the Washington Post – While the resistance of Republican governors has dominated the debate over the health-care law in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court decision to uphold it, a number of Democratic governors are also quietly voicing concerns about a key provision to expand coverage. At…

Read More

Nixoncare Finally Wins

By Margaret Kimberley for Black Agenda Report – “The time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high-quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it.” – Richard…

Read More

Medicare. For All. For Life. Everywhere.

When the Medicare for All bus gets stuck, a neighborhood shows its true spirit By Donna Smith – After spending the past month on the California Nurses Association ‘Medicare for All’ bus tour in California, I am more confident than ever about the prospects of winning guaranteed healthcare for all under an improved Medicare model.…

Read More

Organizing a Petitioning Campaign

Thank you to everyone who participated in our April Skill-Building Call on organizing a petitioning campaign — and a special thank you to Josh Starcher and Omar Kutty from Healthcare-NOW! – New York City for leading the training. If you were unable to make the call or wish to share it with other single-payer activists,…

Read More