Listen: The Threats to Dismantle Medicare and Medicaid

Thanks to everyone who participated in the national discussion on the threats to privatize Medicare and Medicaid on Monday, April 11th.

If you missed the call, you can listen to it here.


Or download an MP3 file of the call here (right click and save as).

Featured speakers included:
DeAnn McEwen, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Council of Presidents, ICU nurse at Long Beach Medical Center
Olveen Carasquillo, National Board Member of Physicians for a National Health Program, Chief of Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine
Dr. Margaret Flowers, Congressional Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program

Thank you for fighting back against these efforts to destroy our social safety net, and standing strong for improved Medicare for All.


  1. garyro on April 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

    good conference call. However, I suggest a tactic in dealing with the mess; no compromise remotely like the healthcare act done by Obama. Folks played us off with the public option deal for many of us initially believe a public opition would be a good compromise between universal healthcare and a good national health plan.

    Alas, we got neither and instead a flawed improvement.

    I shutter to think what compromises for medicare and medicaid is being planned

  2. TerryFlowers on April 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Sorry I missed the call. To privatize Medicare and Medicaid would put more of our healthcare dollars in the hands of the private healthcare insurance industry. This would cause greater rises in the cost of healthcare as more of our healthcare dollars would be diverted from actually providing for the healthcare needs of families. Remember over 1/3 of our healthcare insurance premium dollars go to profit, shareholder returns, lobbyists, political contributions, CEO salaries/bonuses/perks, etc.

  3. Dusty Putorium on April 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Yes, we need to look into a better way to make Medicare and Medicaid more cost effective. Both have been abused for years many taking advantage of the whole system. No, not privatize just find ways to keep too many visits to doctors down, too many tests done over and over by doctors on same patient? So many drugs being prescribed that many do not always need? I am on medicare and also a retired RN? I saw greed in health care increase for years. Now I go to my doctor one visit maybe 15 min a little longer see PA not doctor she is good and they charge $120 and my PPO plan pays $80 why so high a charge? No, do not take away investigate and set up panels of health care experts in all fields to take a look and say what is a better plan. Maybe have clinics for many to see PA or Advanced Practice and not have to charge $120 but maybe $20-$30 for simple things like getting renewal on drugs? Labs right there to do work right away? Also Universal health care will also change some of these cost when and if finally we can get this in the future?

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