Health Care

Give Everyone Healthcare By Shutting Insurance Companies

By David Swanson

Our nation has more money than any other, more weapons than all the others combined, and a majority of its citizens believing it is, in some undefined sense, superior. But the people who live in the United States trail many other nations in basic measures of health and well-being. Almost uniquely among wealthy nations, we leave tens of millions of our citizens without health coverage, and many times that number with insufficient — albeit expensive — health insurance. read more

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by David Swanson

Book Can Now Be Ordered, Book Tour Being Planned

You can now pre-order my book at at

It’s a thick book containing everything I know – and then some – for $10 (pre-order discount price).  And you can support a good cause by pre-ordering it now.

You can also call or visit your local bookstore right now and ask them to be sure to stock the book.

If you’re in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico,
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Liveblogging Politico Forum on Climate Change at Starbucks on Capitol Hill

7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday: Mindy Lubber from CERES is one of the speakers, formerly at EPA; also Brad Figel global director of govt. affairs for Nike formerly at Senate finance committee (holding up a “sustainable shoe” and supposedly wanting to push Congress to pass “meaningful” climate legislation this year); (Rep. John Dingell seems to be late).

7:15 Lubber wants to address global warming right away, says “financial leaders” want this, just like Greenpeace read more

It's a Shame We're All So Scared to Part With Our Beloved Health Insurance Companies

If we weren’t, there’d probably be a lot of us pushing for single-payer.

Oh, wait.

A strong majority of Americans keeps telling pollsters we want single-payer.

HR 676 has 72 cosponsors and is endorsed by:
U.S. Conference of Mayors and
City of Austin

Oh, and also …

1. Erie, PA (Word Document)
2. Baltimore, MD (Word Document)
3. Morehead, KY (Word Document)
4. Warren County, TN (Word Document)
5. Wilmington, DE
6. University City, MO
7. Lorain, OH (Word Document)
8. Oberlin, OH
9. Lorain County, OH (PDF Document)
10. Louisville, KY (PDF Document)
11. Santa Cruz, CA
12. Tuskeegee, AL (Word Document)
13. West Hollywood, CA
14. Ithaca, NY (Word Document)
15. Wilkinsburg, PA (Word Document)
16. Cortland County Legislature, NY
17. Bloomington, IN (Word Document)
18. Kentucky House of Representatives (Word Document)
19. City-County Council of the City of Indianapolis and of Marion County, IN (Word Document)
20. City Council of Camden, NJ
21. Alachua County Board of Commissioners, Gainesville, FL
22. Boyle County, Danville, KY (PDF Document)
23. New Hampshire House of Representatives (Word Document) Web page
24. Allegheny County Council, Pittsburgh, PA (PDF Document)
25. Rensselaer County Legislature, NY (PDF Document)
26. City Council, City of Chicago, IL
27. Board of Beaver County Commissioners, Western PA
28. Bergen County Bd. of Freeholders, NJ
29. Hudson County Bd. of Freeholders, NJ
30. New York State Assembly (Word Document)
31. Hamtramck City Council, MI (Word Document)
32. Flint City Council, MI
33. Detroit City Council, MI
34. San Francisco City Council, CA
35. Wayne County, Detroit, MI (PDF Document)
36. Albany County Legislature, NY
37. New Albany, IN News article
38. Philadelphia City Council, PA News article
39. Seattle City Council, WA Web page
40. Borough of Ambridge, PA (PDF Document)

Not to mention

505 union organizations in 49 states, including 121 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state AFL-CIO’s (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, read more

Demand Single-Payer on March 5, 10, 11th

If you want everyone in the United States to have health coverage simply paid for by the government for less money than we spend now, eliminating all health insurance companies, but allowing you to choose any private doctor or hospital of your choice, and boosting the economy with a net gain of 2.6 million jobs …

and if you can be near a telephone or be in Washington, D.C., on March 5th, 10th, or 11th, keep reading.

Here’s an announcement of the March 5th event from Physicians for a read more

A Healthcare Forum With Rep. Perriello

A forum on healthcare at the Senior Center in Charlottesville, Va., on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to engage the public in expressing its concerns and recommendations to the panel which will include Carolyn Engelhard, co-author of HEALTH CARE HALF TRUTHS, City Councilor Holly Edwards, Delegate Rob Bell, and Congressman Tom

The question of whether Rep. Perriello will cosponsor H. Res. 676 will have to be asked by members of the public. read more

Congressman Perriello and Healthcare

We were disappointed last night when Congressman Tom Perriello apparently did not send a staff person as promised to our public forum on healthcare, but today we learned that the congressman’s father was taken gravely ill and that his staff was tied up with that problem. In addition, his legislative aide who works on healthcare has expressed willingness to meet and discuss the issue. Our thoughts are with Congressman Perriello’s family.

Single Payer Moment

By David Swanson

While a Democratic polling firm has just found, as pollsters always do, dramatic public support for public health coverage, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill appear divided, as they have always been, over whether to take a comprehensive approach to health care.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on C-Span on Sunday that incrementalism would suit him better “than to go out and just bite something you can’t chew.” Clyburn said he opposes any comprehensive read more