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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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Timeline of National Single Payer Healthcare Legislation

HISTORY OF SINGLE-PAYER LEGISLATION The long history of efforts to win national healthcare in the United States is, in the words of one scholar, “a drama in too many acts.” Below is a timeline of national health reform efforts in Congress, which links to hundreds of pages of legislation, Congressional analysis, and public hearings. This…

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American Health Security Act

American Health Security Act (H.R. 1200, S. 491, S. 915, S. 1782) Introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott as H.R. 1200 to the 103rd-114th Congresses (1993-2016). A companion bill was introduced by Sen. Paul Wellstone as S. 491 to the 103rd Congress (1993-1994), and by Sen. Bernie Sanders as S. 915 to the 112th Congress (2011-2012)…

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Laborers call for a fix to ACA’s “destructive” impact on unions

From Unions for Single Payer – The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) was one of a handful of unions that did not support the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). LIUNA was concerned that the law would have an adverse impact on the multiemployer plans on which…

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Lawmakers and Advocates Rally for Expansion of Program to Include Every American

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, Others Push for Single-Payer Health Care System From Public Citizen – WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark the 48th anniversary of Medicare, congressional lawmakers and consumer advocates today called for Medicare to be expanded to provide health insurance to all Americans and highlighted a…

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States Pushing Medicaid Ruling to Cut Rolls Immediately

By David Dayen for FireDogLake – It’s true that states could, after 2014, reduce their Medicaid rolls without the potential consequences of losing their entire federal share of funding. But some states aren’t waiting until 2014. The court, which upheld most of the law, struck down penalties for states choosing not to expand Medicaid. A…

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How Libby, Montana Got Medicare for All

By Kay Tillow – In 2009 when the Washington beltway was tied up with the health care reform tussle, Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the all powerful Senate Finance Committee, said everything was on the table–except for single payer. When doctors, nurses and others rose in his hearing to insist that single payer…

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The Obama Health Plan Has Serious Threats to Medicare

By Michael Lyon, SF Gray Panthers – Obama’s Health Plan is fatally flawed because it uses insurance companies to deliver healthcare, but the Health Plan also directly threatens Medicare. People talk about “the healthcare crisis,” but actually there are two healthcare crises. For us, the healthcare crisis is 51 million uninsured, stripping workers’ health plans,…

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