Archive for August 2013

ObamaCare’s architects reap windfall as Washington lobbyists

By Megan R. Wilson for The Hill – ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside. More than 30 former administration officials, lawmakers and congressional staffers who worked on the healthcare law have set up shop on K Street since 2010.…

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Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice Endorses HR 676

From Unions for Single Payer – Mary Shesgreen, a member of the steering committee of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, reports that her organization has made a “wholehearted endorsement” of HR 676, Rep. John Conyers’ national single payer health care legislation. Shesgreen said that most of the members of the steering committee have long supported…

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Nominate the Worst Inurance Company of 2013

Congress is in recess for the rest of August, and we thought we’d try something new. So we created, and are now taking nominations for, The 2013 Award for Profiteering and Deceit in the Private Health Insurance Industry. Now’s your chance to nominate the worst insurance company of 2013! Just tell us the which insurance…

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Laborers call for a fix to ACA’s “destructive” impact on unions

From Unions for Single Payer – The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) was one of a handful of unions that did not support the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). LIUNA was concerned that the law would have an adverse impact on the multiemployer plans on which…

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Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

By Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president – Let’s talk about health care. I don’t mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to health care, it’s easy to get into a debate for or against…

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March On Washington

In just a couple of weeks, on Saturday, August 24, people from around the country will convene on Washington, D.C. to mark the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 civil rights “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Can you join Healthcare-NOW!, and our allies, in D.C. as we call for universal, guaranteed healthcare as essential…

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Sen. Reid: Obamacare ‘Absolutely’ A Step Toward A Single-Payer System

By Avik Roy for Forbes – When I speak to conservatives about health care policy, I’m often asked the question: “Do you think that Obamacare is secretly a step toward single-payer health care?” I always explain that, while progressives may want single-payer, I don’t think that Obamacare is deliberately designed to bring about that outcome.…

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Medicare’s 48th Celebration Updates

We want to thank all of the single-payer activists all over the country for all of their hard work in organizing celebrations for Medicare’s 48th anniversary! There were over 30 actions this year and activists added five cosponsors to HR 676 along with many commitments to cosponsor once the August recess ends. Here are the…

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Lawmakers and Advocates Rally for Expansion of Program to Include Every American

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, Others Push for Single-Payer Health Care System From Public Citizen – WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark the 48th anniversary of Medicare, congressional lawmakers and consumer advocates today called for Medicare to be expanded to provide health insurance to all Americans and highlighted a…

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‘Medicare for All’ would cover everyone, save billions in first year

From PNHP – Economist says Canadian-style, single-payer health plan would reap huge savings from reduced paperwork and from negotiated drug prices, enough to pay for quality coverage for all – at less cost to families and businesses Upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield more than…

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