From National Nurses United – On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., EDT, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), will hold a joint news conference at the Senate Swamp to announce the introduction of the American Health Security Act of 2011 (the Act). The Act establishes a national healthcare program that…

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By Sahil Kapur for the Raw Story – A trio of progressives in Congress invoked the 45th birthday of Medicare Friday to call for a national single payer health insurance system, predicting it’s “inevitable” if Americans want lower costs. “It has never been more important to have a strong movement behind Medicare for All,” wrote…

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By Associated Press – MONTPELIER, VT — Hopeful that Montpelier can do what Washington didn’t, hundreds of people who want single-payer health care gathered in Vermont’s capital Saturday, staging a noisy, sign-waving march and rally. The medium was the message — busing or driving in from Bennington, Rutland, Brattleboro, Burlington and elsewhere, they sang songs…

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Wednesday, for the first time in American history, the US Senate was to debate and vote on single-payer healthcare. Sen. Bernie Sanders submitted an amendment to the Senate health bill that would have expanded Medicare to everyone. But after a stall-tactic by Senate Republicans, requiring that the full 700-page amendment to be read, and, presumably,…

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By Donna Smith – Sickening. Saddening. Maddening. And the stuff of future determination in the political struggle for healthcare for all in the United States. On the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont rose to offer his single-payer, Medicare for All amendment No. 2837 and to begin debate. Then, one…

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Just a few days after 20 demonstrations at Senators’ offices across the country in support of Medicare for All, we learned that Senator Sanders’ Single-Payer Amendment No. 2837 will be debated and voted as soon as today! Amendment No. 2837 would extend healthcare as a basic human right to all. Sens. Brown, Burris, and Sanders,…

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The idea of a Medicare for All type, single-payer healthcare system will be heard on the Senate floor. This week, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed Senate Amendment No. 2837, and there are two additional original co-sponsors of this amendment, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Call your Senators. Tell…

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Would save $400 billion on bureaucracy, enough to cover all 46 million uninsured Americans Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer health reform bill, the American Health Security Act of 2009, in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The bill is the first to directly take on the…

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