Health Care

Mar
13

I ain't gonna buy mandated health insurance

Tag: Health Care

To the tune of Maggie's Farm

I ain't gonna buy mandated health insurance No, I aint gonna buy mandated health insurance Well, I wake up and I'm coughing Feel my sides and moan in pain I got declined for operations And it's drivin' me insane It's a shame the way we treat the working poor I ain't gonna be insured no more.

I ain't gonna buy mandated health insurance No, I aint gonna buy mandated health insurance Well, it hands you a nickel That costs you a dime It'll charge you once And then two or three more times Then they fine you every time you slam the door I ain't gonna be insured no more.

I ain't gonna buy mandated health insurance No, I aint gonna buy mandated health insurance The premiums double While the co-payments rise Coverage narrows

Mar
09

Real News Video: Single-Payer Healthcare Moves to the States

Tag: Health Care

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Mar
08

Will Health Bill Allow States to Do Better?

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson http://afterdowningstreet.org/letstatesdoit

The health insurance bill currently under consideration in Congress would forbid states from providing their residents with healthcare. An amendment correcting that problem was passed in committee last July and then quietly removed. A new campaign is asking the Democrats who voted for that amendment to withhold their votes on the bill until it is reinstated.

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Mar
03

Overview of Single-Payer Healthcare in the States, Thanks to Kathlyn Stone

Tag: Health Care

Kathlyn Stone has done what I should have done and collected my recent postings on state level single-payer healthcare on her blog.

The question isn’t if a state will enact true health care reform before Congress, but which state and when.

Mar
03

Single-Payer Healthcare Coming to Minnesota and Maryland

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

California keeps passing bills for state single-payer healthcare, but Ahhhnold won't sign em, and Jerry Brown who wants to be governor doesn't seem to want it badly enough to make a commitment on healthcare. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is encouraged that their current governor has said he probably will sign a single-payer healthcare bill, and the legislature just might pass one. But Minnesota has an angle neither of these other states can claim: a serious candidate for governor who is the state's leading advocate for single-payer.

Mar
02

PA to Get Healthcare First?

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

I've been writing about various states just beginning campaigns for single-payer healthcare. Pennsylvania is on the cusp of completing one.

They claim to have the best legislation, which will provide everyone with healthcare, pay for it, and in fact save people and businesses money, as well as getting around the federal restrictions Congressman Dennis Kucinich has attempted unsuccessfully thus far to waive for states. In Pennsylvania they have Democratic and Republican cosponsors. Imagine that in Washington, D.C.! And they have a governor ready to sign the bill into law.

Mar
02

Colorado Could See Single-Payer Healthcare

Tag: Civil Rights, Health Care

By David Swanson

Maryland's state senate has scheduled a hearing on a single-payer healthcare bill for March 10th. California's legislature has passed a single-payer bill three times. Single-payer healthcare bills are advancing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. I recently wrote about two state legislator candidates, Marcus Brandon in North Carolina and Byron DeLear in Missouri, who plan to introduce state single-payer bills immediately upon being elected.

Now, let me tell you about Colorado. Mark Mehringer is a candidate for the Colorado State House from District 7 (Denver). His website at http://votemark2010.com has an issues page and a video on the home page that both put a Medicare-for-All healthcare solution at the top of his agenda.

Mar
01

Single-Payer Healthcare Coming to Missouri

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

Canada did not create a civilized healthcare system nationally until its provinces led the way. Clearly Congress is dragging behind the states in our country, and it is through state successes that we will eventually compel the U.S. government to provide our people with this basic human right.

Feb
19

Three-Percentism - or - What's the Matter With Palm Beach?

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

What the liberal activist world is doing for healthcare bears a striking similarity to what Christianists do for billionaires. Supporting tax breaks for the richest three-percent of Americans because you hate gay people or women or blacks or sex does not at first look much like supporting a "public option" for three percent of the poorest of Americans.

But both shape national policy around a supposedly national program that in reality will benefit only some small percentage of people. Feel free to quibble over the number, but Obama promised the insurance companies in a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, that it would be under 5 percent. Let's be generous and call it four, a "public option" for four percent of us.

Feb
17

Here Comes Single-Payer Healthcare in Another State

Tag: Health Care

By David Swanson

A bill to create single-payer healthcare in California has passed that state's senate for the third time now. Californians just need to persuade a governor to sign it. Single-payer healthcare bills are advancing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and a growing list of states, including New Mexico, where State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, a long-time supporter of single-payer healthcare, is running for Lieutenant Governor.

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