Medicare for All
The leader of Oregon's AFL-CIO, Tom Chamberlain, told me during the congressional health insurance reform debates, "I take my marching orders from HCAN."
From a letter written by Richard Ellmyer, candidate for State Representative
District 44 - North Portland May 18, 2010 Democratic Primary Read more about Did Tom Chamberlain really say this?
Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:
Monday, April 12 at 8:30 PM Eastern, join in on the Backbone Campaign's conversation with two of the country's prominent single-payer leaders, Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Read more about Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese; live, in concert!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
10:00am - 4:00pm
ST. LUKES HOSPITAL AUDITORIUM. Amsterdam Ave.and 113th St., NYC. More here!
Maybe some Correntians can attend and report? Here's a link to the flyer! Read more about Medicare For All Activism Teach-In and Summit, Saturday, April 24, in NYC
Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:
Join Healthcare-NOW! for a conference call exposing the last minute negotiations of the health care bill and the ramifications of the mandate to purchase private insurance when public programs like Medicaid and Medicare suffer.
The conference call is tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd at 8 PM EST.
Guest speakers include:
- Michael Lighty, Policy Director for National Nurses United
- Ajamu Sankofa, Esq., founder of Private Health Insurance Must Go!
- And voices on the ground in Massachusetts, where the insurance mandate was first implemented
The discussion will be moderated by Katie Robbins.
Here is the dial-in information:
Conference Dial-In: 1-218-862-1300
Conference Code: 441086 Read more about Don't stop thinking about tomorrow
With all the differing ideas about what we should do about health care, and the vote on the Health Whatever Bill coming soon (or not), one idea has always caught my attention: Medicare for All. But what I'm not sure about is, how would we pay for it? Read more about How Should We Pay for the Expansion of Medicare?
I just came across this article in Pravda or Isvestia (can't remember which the New York Times is). Apologies if it has been posted already, but I have rarely seen the costs of "doing nothing" on health care elucidated so clearly in the corporate media.
“People think if we do nothing, we will have what we have now,” said Karen Davis, the president of the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health care research group in New York. “In fact, what we will have is a substantial deterioration in what we have.”
A probable opponent for Ryan in the fall elections, Paulette Garin of Kenosha, agreed her party’s bills is wrongheaded, but for much different reasons than Ryan.
Garin supports a “single-payer” system of health insurance, the single payer being the government. Garin said that’s the only humane, workable solution, but it’s an idea Congressional Democrats abandoned months ago.
Sidewalk Summit for Improved Medicare for All
Meet us at 9 AM at the White House. Specific meet up details here.
Sidewalk summits hare happening in a dozen other cities. Check here for updates on when and where. Read more about Action Alert: Sidewalk Summit Feb 25 in front on the White House
[UPDATE Since readers have started discussing Obama's bullet-pointy prolegomena -- the "initial offer"MR SUBLIMINAL Translation: Roll me, please. -- to an actual health care plan, I'll leave this post sticky so readers can continue that discussion. --lambert]
Dr. Margaret Flowers Confronts President Obama Fillmore Auditorium, Denver Colorado February 18, 2010 Read more about Flowers Confronts Obama in Denver
Connectivity issues are preventing me from posting my notes from the Healthcare-NOW! conference call. But one thing that sticks in my mind was the call to truly vilify the health insurace parasites.
In order to dump the private insurace model people are going to have to think of AHIP they way they think of Jim Crow. There has to be true moral disgust. Fortunately AHIP is willing to cooperate in this effort. Read more about Vilify the health insurance parasites
PA Dem State Committee Takes Single-Payer Healthcare Mainstream, Unanimously Endorses It
Please read the whole article, lots of encouraging news.
Letter to the Billings Gazette: Stalled reform bill reopens door to single-payer system
Why not take advantage of the opening Congress is creating by the lack of passage of health insurance reform? Urge Congress to start over and go for the simple and cost-effective solution.