Archive for September 2013

Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices

From the New York Times – Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers. From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in…

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Health Spending Expected To Exceed Economic Growth

From Kaiser Health News – The nation’s total health spending will bump up next year as the health law expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections released Wednesday by government actuaries. That estimate is lower than typical…

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Frances Fox Piven to Speak at Healthcare-NOW! Strategy Conference

We are thrilled to announce that Frances Fox Piven, professor of political science and sociology at City University of New York, will give the keynote address at our National Strategy Conference in Nashville on October 5th and 6th. She will speak about lessons from social movements that transformed American life. Frances is the author of…

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AFL-CIO Reaffirms Commitment to Single Payer–Demands Fixes to ACA

From All Unions for Single Payer – The just concluded AFL-CIO convention reaffirmed its commitment to a single payer health care system while demanding that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be fixed to protect Taft-Hartley (multiemployer) plans, to end the excise tax, to make employers cover workers who average 20 hours a week, to require…

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Shumlin Payroll Tax to Fund Single Payer Unpalatable to Business

By Andrew Stein for VTDigger.org – If Gov. Peter Shumlin pursues a payroll tax to fund a publicly financed health care system, he will meet heavy resistance from one of the state’s most influential business groups. Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, says her organization and its members would not look favorably…

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Health law’s ailments can be cured by single-payer system

All the shortcomings of the healthcare restructuring result from the decision to leave it in the hands of private insurers. By Michael Hiltzik for the LA Times – With the Oct. 1 rollout of a major facet of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, you’ll be hearing a lot about the glitches, loopholes and…

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600,000 Member NYSUT Reaffirms Single Payer Support

From Unions For Single Payer – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has reaffirmed support for single payer health care. The reaffirmation, which was submitted by Retiree Council 12, calls specifically for support for HR 676, Congressman John Conyers’ Expanded and Improved Medicare for All legislation. NYSUT is made up of more than 600,000…

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Stopping the TPP is Essential to Work for a Universal Health System

By Margaret Flowers for FlushTheTPP.org – The Obama administration has been negotiating an agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the past three years that is now heading into the final stages and could be signed into law as early as October. If it is not stopped, this new agreement has the potential to prohibit…

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