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Save the date: Healthcare-NOW!’s 10th Anniversary Strategy Conference

From Healthcare-NOW:

This year marks our 10th anniversary! Marilyn Clement founded Healthcare-NOW! in 2004 originally under the title “Campaign for a National Health Program NOW.”

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Single Payer HR 676 to be reintroduced

From HealthCare-NOW!:

Ask your Representative to become an original cosponsor of HR 676: "The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act." today!

Rep. John Conyers is going to reintroduce national, single-payer healthcare legislation very soon--sometime this week.

Before he introduces the bill, Mr. Conyers would like to have as many original cosponsors as possible. Please call your Representative today and ask them to cosponsor HR 676. Read below the fold...

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King of the Hill

A potentially useful antidote to O's crap tonight is Stephen Sonderberg's underrated portrait of a young man surviving the Great Depression (wittout knowing that was what it was)- too many wonderful performances by people who are now famous, even if they weren't at the time.

Available on Netfilx streaming for now, anyway. Read below the fold...

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Affection

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How not to move the Overton Window

Why it means so little to be a "progressive" now (and I am really sad):

This is Mark Thoma, who has been willing to give Krugman the benefit of many doubts over the past four years: Read below the fold...

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Happy birthday Medicare! post 2

Call the previous post "a dream" and this one "reality". I have one of those supposedly wonderful insurance plans provided by Unions, and I've encountered Mom's initial problem (to the point that I in fact have no health care paid for by the plan that is bankrupting my union.)

Here is my Mom's more, shall we say, anodyne experience. It's only gotten worse since then.

Mom's experience with Medicare part C

Just one anecdote, and a mild one at that. I know: the plural of "anecdote" is not "data". So take it as you will. Read below the fold...

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Happy birthday Medicare! post 1

For Medicare's birthday, I'm reposting two oldies but goodies

LBJ's Ruby Slippers Read below the fold...

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Health Insurance Parasite watch

It's been too long since I posted an update on my own personal health insurance parasite, Wellpoint. But they have been busy little bees! Presented for your consideration: how Wellpoint will make gobs of cash out of Medicaid thanks to the "ACA"! (Yes, I'm quoting the entire story here. Every line is a gem!)

WellPoint aims to profit from Medicaid with Amerigroup purchase
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One of the nation's biggest insurance companies is trying to cash in on healthcare to the poor.

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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist fire: plan now

from my own union-established bank:

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory killed 146 young, mostly women, garment workers. Many of the victims were immigrants who, like immigrants today, had come to America in search of a better life. Their deaths galvanized labor unions, progressive organizations and workers in New York and around the country to fight for better working conditions, fair pay for all workers, and for a say in how their workplace was managed. One of the unions that led these fights, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, founded Amalgamated Bank in 1923 so that workers, labor unions and progressive organizations would be able to bank with an institution that believed in their cause.

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Trumka lets us down (not unexpected)

After threatening to remove support from folks who don't support labor, Trumka craps out. FU, Trumka.

Who can we count on? I'd say only Vastleft. Read below the fold...

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Change of name (once more) but not change of aim

The coalition formerly known as "the May 12th Coalition" came to call itself the "Beyond May 12th Coalition" and then the [even better name IMO] "Strong Economy For All Coalition" - and now it's

99% NY - the coalition formerly known as Beyond May 12th Read below the fold...

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Get Wall Street out of Health Care!

March Against the Health Insurance Industry

Wednesday 26 October :: 3PM :: Zucotti Park :: Under the "Big Red Thing" :: Cedar Street & Broadway

Details:

3:00pm Assemble

4:00pm Open Speakout – share your personal struggles with our healthcare system

4:30pm March Against the Health Insurance Industry

March Details:

4:30pm – Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield / One Liberty Plaza: located across the street from Zuccotti park, Empire is a subsidiary of WellPoint, the largest publicly-traded health insurance company. CEO Angela Braley’s overall compensation is $13.1 million dollars, enough to cover 1455 New Yorkers. Read below the fold...

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