By Anja Rudiger for Amnesty International – Amidst the celebrations of a ‘historical moment,’ a healthy dose of realism seems in order as we assess the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the related reconciliation measures. What is seen as a crucial victory for the Obama Administration has been won on the backs…

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DeParle made millions from companies under federal investigation By Fred Schulte for MSNBC – Nancy-Ann DeParle, President Barack Obama’s health policy czar, served as a director of corporations that faced scores of federal investigations, whistleblower lawsuits and other regulatory actions, according to government records reviewed by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. Several of…

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By Isabel Macdonald for FAIR – ABC’s Diane Sawyer claimed (CNN, 6/22/09) the network’s June 24 forum on President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan would feature “questions from every single vantage point.” Yet, ignoring calls from FAIR (Action Alert, 6/22/09) and advocacy groups such as Health Care Now!, the special did not include a single question…

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ABC News is presenting a full day of in-depth of coverage on President Barack Obama’s healthcare proposal today, Wednesday, June 24, 10pm EST. This includes an hour-long Primetime “town hall” discussion featuring Obama and questions from audience members. The ABC press release says that the town hall discussion will be moderated by Charles Gibson, Diane…

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Over 200 single payer advocates attended a rally initiated by Dr. Deb Richter, PNHP, outside of the White House regional forum, hosted by the Governors of Vermont and Massachusetts. These are some initial press reports: Hopes, Fears At Vermont Health Care Forum NPR Single-payer advocates plan to protest health care forum Rutland Herald Douglas, Patrick…

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By Anya Huneke for NECN.com— 48 million Americans. That’s the latest estimate of how many Americans are living without health insurance. President Obama has promised to reduce that number by expanding health care coverage in the U.S. Key players in the reform debate met to do some brainstorming in Burlington, Vermont, today. Two hours before…

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Yesterday’s Healthcare Forum, organized by the Obama Administration, in Dearborn, Michigan, drew many single-payer supporters. Enough so that quotes and stories from single-payer healthcare supporters made it into the mainstream press. Here are the articles and TV segments we’ve found so far: Cancer Story Stands Out at White House Forum Health Reform Forum in Dearborn…

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Participants at the first White House Regional Forum on Health Care Reform heard from many people who have horror stories about their health care. WATCH ACTION NEWS REPORTS IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ON THE RIGHT One participant was Adrian Campbell Montgomery. The young mother told the crowd about her battles with cancer. At 22 she…

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By Michael Strong for Reuters— Hard-hit industrial state hosts forum Delegates agree on need to control costs Many favor single-payer plan DEARBORN, Mich., March 12 (Reuters) – “Michigan is the poster child of why reform needs to happen,” Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm told President’s Barack Obama’s first regional healthcare forum on Thursday. Obama has said…

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