What Haunts a Police Officer of 30 Years?

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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Interview: Living Hope Wheelchair Association

We spoke with leaders of the Living Hope Wheelchair Association, based in Harris County (which includes Houston), Texas, which is a member of our affiliate Health Care for All Texas. Raymundo Mendoza (board secretary and Living Hope member), Francisco Cedillo (board treasurer and Living Hope member), and Francisco Arguelles (Executive Director of Living Hope Wheelchair…

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Interview: Connecting the Dots Between Healthcare & Homelessness

John N. Lozier has been executive director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council since its founding in January 1990. The Council is a network of more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, social workers, patients and advocates who share the mission to eliminate homelessness. John lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Joceline, and…

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New York Assembly Sponsoring Historic Single-Payer Hearings

The Health Committee of the New York Assembly has announced that it will be hosting a historic series of six public hearings across New York state to receive testimony on the ā€œNew York Health,ā€ bill which would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the state. Below is the announcement from the NY Assembly Health Committee,…

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2014 Strategy Conference Wiki

For the first time this year Healthcare-NOW! has set up a wiki for our annual Strategy Conference, held from August 22-24, 2014 in Oakland, CA with the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care and One Payer States. Presenters, moderators, and attendees have uploaded their own notes, slideshows, photos, video, and sometimes even the full text…

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Steve Early Speaks With Us About Labor and Single Payer Healthcare

Steve Early worked for 27 years as an organizer and international representative for the Communication Workers of America. He is the author of a new book from Monthly Review Press titled Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. He is working on a book about political change and public policy innovation in Richmond,…

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10th Anniversary Strategy Conference, Aug. 22-24

You can register online now for the August 22-24 super-conference that will bring together Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care, and One Payer States in Oakland, CA! For the same $60 registration fee we normally charge for our 2-day conference, you can now attend the entire One Payer States conference, workshops being organized…

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July 30th: Medicare’s 49th Anniversary

July 30, 2014 will mark the 49th anniversary of Medicare, our only publicly financed, universal health plan, which lifted a generation of seniors out of poverty. Each year Healthcare-NOW! coordinates Medicare’s birthday as a national day of action for single payer healthcare. Please email Ben to let us know if you would like to plan…

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In Memory of Tim Carpenter

By Benjamin Day – This past Monday melanoma finally took Tim Carpenter, who is best known as the founder and long-time Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America. Tim was a fierce organizer for social justice. You will hear and read many amazing tributes to Tim, because he was one of those rare individuals who…

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Health Insurance CEO Pay Skyrockets in 2013

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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