Archive for December 2013

Central Labor Council Breakfast Builds Support for Single Payer, HR 676

From UnionsForSinglePayer.org – U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D MI), chief sponsor of HR 676, was honored at a December 6th Labor Breakfast co-hosted by the New York City Central Labor Council and the Progressive Democrats of America in celebration of the endorsement by the 1.3 million member NYC CLC of HR 676, Expanded and Improved…

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Bernie Sanders introduces The American Health Security Act

Introduced in the Senate, December 9, 2013 Download S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013 (189 pages). Summary of S. 1782, The American Health Security Act of 2013 The American Health Security Act of 2013 (S. 1782) provides every American with affordable and comprehensive health care services through the establishment of a national…

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Colin Powell pitches single-payer health care in U.S.

By Alex Lazar fro ABC News – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has waded into the health care debate with a broad endorsement of the kind of universal health plan found in Europe, Canada and South Korea. “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however…

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Single Payer Is Getting a Second Life as Obamacare Frustration Peaks

From the Daily Beast – Could anger at the Obamacare rollout make Americans more receptive to a kind of Medicare-for-all system? That’s what activists are hoping—and they’re plotting a state-by-state fight. As the rollout of Obamacare clunks forward, activists who opposed the law from the beginning say it is time to seize the moment, to…

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How to Revive the Fight for Single-Payer

Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington is optimistic that it will come—if we give states the tools to adopt it at their own pace. By William Greider for the Nation – When the media frenzy subsides and Republicans run out of scare stories, the country will be faced with the most important question about Obamacare: Can…

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An Outsider on the Inside

Though battling terminal illness, Tim Carpenter is still busy moving Congress left. By Cole Stangler for In These Times – Tim Carpenter is the national director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). Founded in 2004 in the aftermath of Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-Ohio) presidential run, the group works what it calls an “inside-outside” strategy—aimed at…

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Mercy Killers – Video Interview with Michael Milligan

Arts Happening Presents: Mercy Killers Arts Happening Presents: Mercy Killers from Northside Town Hall on Vimeo. Mercy Killers is a one-man play by Michael Milligan. Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is…

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Vote for the Worst Health Insurance Company of 2013

Now’s your chance to vote for the worst health insurance company of 2013! The nominees are… UnitedHealth for paying its CEO, Stephen Hemsley, $49 million last year. Moda Health for paying $40 million for naming rights to the Portland Trailblazers arena. Anthem Blue Cross for predatory premium increases even while announcing $2.7 billion in net…

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The Real Fix for Obamacare’s Flaws: Medicare for All

By RoseAnn DeMoro for the Guardian – Lost amidst the well-chronicled travails of the Affordable Care Act rollout are the long term effects of people struggling to get the health coverage they need without going bankrupt. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s been the main story line of the US healthcare system for several…

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