During a press conference prior to the first of six public hearings held by the New York Assembly across the state, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee since 1987, was asked by a reporter whether his legislation for universal, public health coverage for all of New York would limit patients’ choice of…

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Chelsea McGuire, a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, couldn’t believe what she was asked to do for her psychiatry clerkship: track down whether desperate patients have a source of income, in order for the hospital to decide whether to treat them or not. Listen to her testimony, and her plea for a…

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Dr. Daniel Root testified before the New York Assembly Health Committee on December 4, 2014 about trying to care for the uninsured and underinsured in a rural county primary care practice. He describes a farmer, whom he has treated since childhood, losing his vision due to lack of access to basic preventive care; and another…

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Lieutenant Gary Pudup, a police officer for 30 years, testified to the New York Assembly Health Committee on December 8, 2014, about his haunting memories of investigating suicides – only to find out that the victims had ended their lives to protect their families from crushing medical expenses. In a just healthcare system, no officer…

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Some See Their Compensation Double Chief executive officers at Fortune 500 health insurance companies, who have opposed new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, emerged this month as one of the ACA’s greatest beneficiaries. Recently filed financial reports show that average compensation for these top nine health insurance CEOs rose by more than 19 percent…

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Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini received a 131% pay hike, bringing in $30.7 million: that’s 877 times the $35k that the average worker makes in a year. Tell him that’s not okay. Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Dear [[First_Name]]: Fortune 500 health insurers increased compensation for their CEOs 25% in 2013 over 2012!…

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On March 10, 2011, the Borough of Fort Lee, NJ endorsed a resolution supporting single-payer healthcare as proposed by HR 676, the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.” Fort Lee’s endorsement is one of over 70 state and local governments that have already passed similar resolutions supporting HR 676. If passed through Congress, HR…

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By Peter Hirschfeld for TimesArgus.com – MONTPELIER — Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras on Wednesday urged lawmakers to pursue with force the single-payer health-care proposal now under consideration in the Statehouse. At the risk of offending his former Republican colleagues and the Rutland business community at large, Louras said, he believes the state’s health-care system…

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Report Back from Healthcare NOW!’s Strategy Conference in Philadelphia on November 13 and 14, 2010 Healthcare-NOW! members renew support for national single-payer health care to make health care a right for all, start plans for divestiture campaign from private health insurance, and urge support for advanced state single-payer movements in Vermont and California. (Philadelphia, PA)…

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the conference call about our Win-Win Campaign for Healthy Cities on Saturday afternoon. We had over 40 people on the call from all over the country, and many of you had really great questions and feedback. If you missed the call, you can listen to it here: [audio:http://recordings.freeconferencecalling.com/mp3/0/441086/MN2124_01232010100439731_1050093.mp3] Or…

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