Archive for April 2013

Beyond Obamacare

How a Single-Payer System Can Save US Health Care By Dave Dvorak, MD for Common Dreams – As Minnesota’s physicians, health care leaders and legislators grapple with the complex changes brought by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many are concerned that even after the law is fully implemented, hundreds of thousands of people will remain…

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Healing Wounds After Boston Bombings

By Benjamin Day, Director of Organizing, Healthcare-NOW! – The Boston area, where I live and grew up, has been feeling smaller and smaller since the Marathon bombings and unprecedented manhunt for those responsible. When the names of victims were gradually released to the public, I was astonished by how many I knew or were known…

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Tell LewisGale Hospital: No More Predatory Billing

Kevin is fasting for 30 days, using the money he would normally spend on food to help pay his hospital bill. He asks you to sign on to this email to LewisGale Hospital telling them not to engage in predatory billing. Please Share This Action on Facebook Please read this message from Kevin, and support…

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Rate of employer-based health insurance keeps dropping

From USA Today – The availability of employer-sponsored insurance has fallen by about 10% over the past decade, which has spurred an increase in the overall number of Americans without health insurance, according to a report released today. “This documents that in virtually every state across the country, there has been a steady decline in…

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Will Medicare Survive?

Please go here to thank the “Medicare 111” and encourage them to stand strong on their commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare. Please Share This Action on Facebook Today, President Obama released a budget that would reduce Social Security benefits and shift healthcare costs onto seniors enrolled in Medicare. This proposed budget includes a…

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Obama Budget to Include Cuts to Programs in Hopes of Deal

From the New York Times – President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say. In a significant shift in…

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Government insiders misappropriate funds to Medicare Advantage insurers

By Don McCanne for PNHP – U.S. to boost rather than cut payments to health insurers By Sandhya Somashekhar The Washington Post, April 1, 2013 The Obama administration reversed itself Monday, scrapping plans to cut by 2.2 percent the rates paid to health insurers that take part in the Medicare Advantage program. The insurance industry…

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Insurers see way to dodge federal healthcare law next year

A little-known loophole in President Obama’s landmark legislation enables health insurers to extend existing policies for nearly all of 2014. By Chad Terhune for the Los Angeles Times – A new fight is brewing over health insurance companies letting millions of Americans renew their current coverage for another year — and thereby avoid changes under…

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