By Reid Pillfant for Capital New York – Advocates for a single-payer health care plan see plenty of reasons to like Anthony Weiner’s proposed overhaul of the city’s health system. They just think it’s mislabeled. “Well as I understand his proposal, it’s not what I would call a single-payer proposal, but it has some useful…

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By Michael McAuliff for the NY Daily News – Reps. Anthony Weiner and Peter Welch are reprising a question that proved thorny for President Obama’s last health care summit: Where’s the single-payer advocate? Weiner and Welch — single-payer advocates who are not invited, yet — argue in a letter to the President today that someone…

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by Katie Robbins & Andy Coates – Two weekends ago, after the bait and switch of a vote on single-payer for a vote on an anti-abortion amendment, we felt wizened to the possibility of unknown threats in the legislative churn on health reform. As insurance and pharmaceutical companies, Catholic bishops, and the right wing throw…

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Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter: On the eve of what could have been the first vote on single-payer legislation in our nation’s history, we have just learned that because of last minute developments, the vote and debate on Congressman Weiner’s single-payer amendment will not happen. Speaker Pelosi received a statement from Rep. Kucinich and Rep. Conyers, the…

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By Kay Tillow for the Hill Blog – We are in danger of losing the opportunity to bring Improved Medicare for All, a single payer plan, before the Congress. Last July Congressman Anthony Weiner and six of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee attempted to substitute the real public option—HR 676, a single…

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By Rep. Anthony Weiner – As President Obama prepares to address the nation about his vision for health care reform, we should not overlook the last, best truly transformative change to our health care system: Medicare. We have been staring so intently at the lessons of 1993 that we may have forgotten the universal rule…

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By David Shalleck-Klein for the Hill – Some House members who have previously backed a single-payer healthcare reform bill say they will not vote for a similar measure when it hits the floor this fall. Of the 12 serving House members who co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers’s (D-Mich.) single-payer bill (H.R. 676) in the last Congress…

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From GRITtv – We’ve all heard the story about Medicare. That once upon a time, about 40 years ago, it was an idea that had very little support and that many said would never succeed. Well, it did and many are saying it should serve as a model for a single payer healthcare system. With…

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By John Nichols for the Nation – How should serious supporters of health-care reform spend the month of August? Not by getting trapped in the narrow “debate” between “party of no” Republicans who favor no reform at all, and Blue Dog Democrats, whose “reform” is to make a bad system worse. And not by campaigning…

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