Posts Tagged 'Medicare for All'

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Dr. Margaret Flowers of PNHP at Corrente Wire

PNHP’s Dr. Margaret Flowers: Thurs, Feb. 4, 1:00PM EST

LIVE BLOG at Corrente with Dr. Margaret Flowers. What’s the latest in single payer advocacy? What about civil disobedience? What about the efforts in the States? And much more! Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! Prepare your questions!

Be there or be square!

Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein on HCR

Going Down the Same Old Tunnel

Having surrendered in advance to the private insurers and drug companies who profit from our dysfunctional health financing system, President Obama and the Democrats who lead Congress couldn’t rally the American people to support their woeful plan against Republican attacks.

The Democratic plan could only offer unpalatable funding options — stick consumers with ever-higher health costs, raise taxes, or drain money from care.

In the end, the Democrats’ back room deals produced a scheme reminiscent of the ones crafted by Mitt Romney (in Massachusetts, 2006) and Richard Nixon (Washington, 1972) -– but even less effective than those.

A simple single payer program could save $400 billion annually on insurance-related bureaucracy and profits, and tens of billions more by driving down drug prices. That’s more than enough to cover the uninsured and to upgrade coverage for insured Americans, without increasing health spending.

No Booman, you are not a supporter of single payer

Booman, you are an Obama apologist. You have allowed your psychological investment in Obama to overwhelm everything else. So now your blogging consists of ever more contorted explanations of 17 dimensional chess.

Meanwhile support fo single payer continues to grow. All the while you are explaining that single payer is a lost cause, the Pennsylvania legislature is getting closer and closer to passing a single payer bill.

Single payer supporters continue to mobilize and a whole new group of blogs have sprung up to support single payer health care:

Hillbilly Report

Blue Lyon

The Pittsburg Women’s Blogging Society

Prosperity Agenda

Single Payer Health Care

Montana Maven

Guaranteed Healthcare Blog

Physicians for a National Health Program

ConnecticutMan1 ConneticutMan1 on Twitter Also posts on Booman and TPM Cafe, but I can’t find the links to his user page.


Ian Welsh

Health Justice

Single Payer Action (check out the resources page)

Single Payer Now

Suburban Guerrilla

Avedon Carol

Anglachel’s Journal

Progressive Democrats of America


Donna Darko

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

over the cliff, onto the rocks

Universal Healthcare Action Nework (not a blog, but a good resource)

Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy


Women’s stake

Alegre’s Corner

The Confluence (depends upon poster)


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How to control health care costs

Pass a Canadian style single payer plan, such as HR 676. But progressive bloggers won’t tell you that. They won’t even fight for single payer in their own state.

Medicare for All media campaign

Play you bet your health. Pass it on.

Medicare for All

How did James Clyburn lose it on health care?

Black Agenda Report

Clyburn is a longtime member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and back in April of last year signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 676, the Medicare-For-All single payer health care proposal advanced by Rep. John Conyers (D- MI) and endorsed by Physicians For A National Health Care Plan. Is Clyburn being forced to toe the White House line and violate Democratic campaign promises and his personal commitments? Or are he and the House leadership taking initiative on their own to violate those promises and commitments? Again, the silence from the White House makes the former the most likely. How many other co-sponsors of HR 676 just signed it because it made a good press release, but have no intention of seeing it ever brought to a vote? …

It is estimated that 18,000 premature deaths occur in the US each year because of lack of  medical coverage.  Fifty or sixty million Americans have no health coverage at all, and another hundred fifty million are grossly underinsured.  Democrats were able to pass SCHIP with a smaller majority under the Bush administration.  They did not run on promises of “incremental reform”.  They ran promising to deliver national, comprehensive, universal health care.  Clyburn himself is a co-sponsor of the single payer bill.  So why are the expectations of House Democrats and the White House, with a popular wind at their backs, so unconscionably low now?

Despite the Obama administration’s open phone lines and email boxes at, and its hypocritical encouragement of supporters to hold health care house meetings to voice their opinions, the Obama White House, and House Democrats – just like their Republican counterparts — are hip deep in campaign contributions private health insurance companies. These private insurers, according to Physicians For a National Health Care Plan, rake off thirty cents of every health care dollar under the present broken health care system, so they have an enormous financial stake in preventing universal health care, especially single payer health care. Their dollars apparently speak louder than our votes.

The deep and multilayered hypocrisy around the issue of whether Democrats, with huge majorities in the House and Senate, will even try to produce national health care legislation is only exceeded by that of the corporate news establishment, who won’t tell the story, and instead dangle the clownish Illinois governor before us. One supposes that in a week when Britney Spears has remained sober and Paris Hilton has avoided a public breakdown, this is the best and most important news they can find.

Bush is gone, but the Assault on Reason continues.

Bail outs are only for the big boys

Accountability is for Every Street but Wall Street

By Donna Smith
WASHINGTON, DC – Imagine my surprise when I turned on the television to see Elizabeth Warren of Harvard on Good Morning America making the pitch that we should have some Congressional accountability for the billions and billions we gave to the big boys to bail them out of their financial mess.

I was on a panel with attorney and Professor Warren that testified to Congress more than 16 months ago about the damage being done to middle class, insured Americans who go belly up due to medical debt.

I adore Warren. She is a straight shooter who is trying hard to make some of these bailed-out big shots tell the truth. She is on the mark about it being pretty unconscionable that they don’t have to tell us – the people who spent our tax dollars bailing them out. No one can force them to say how they spent the money we gave them. No one. They are above the law and will prosper mightily when this is all over.

The scenario for me and my husband has been quite different. We struggled – we begged, we borrowed in some pretty unwise ways and we finally went bankrupt – due to medical crisis. We had health insurance. We had disability insurance. We had a healthcare savings account. What we did not have was a bail out. We went broke. Lost it all. Home. Stuff. Relationships with people who cannot abide the bankrupt. And any future hopes of being homeowners too – or even doing significant credit buying of any kind. We’re labeled losers. We are those evil people, you know, those dirty ones who didn’t know better or plan better for the dark days.

You know what we’ll do with the Wall Street boys? We’ll give them more money when they need it. You know what we’ve done with Donna Smith and husband? We’ve made it impossible to apply for housing without reporting the bankruptcy – and nobody cares why we went broke. We’ve made it impossible for Donna to apply for many jobs without a dirty credit report showing the bankruptcy and marking her as irresponsible. We’ve certainly relegated her to a debit-card not credit-card world where she cannot rent a car or get other credit without the nasty bankruptcy rearing its head again.

This lack of Congressional oversight of the bailed-out boys is worse than unconscionable. It should be criminal to make my life hell and theirs heaven. It should be illegal for me to be labeled a failure — and for life — while they get more of my tax dollars without account. It should be so wrong.

Do you care? Should Congress hold them accountable at least as much as it does me for having gotten cancer? That was my crime. And now I beg for equality in housing and in financial services while the big boys flaunt their obscenity in my face on Good Morning America? Get real, America.

Let’s help Elizabeth Warren hold them at least a little responsible. Come on. First it’s me and then it could be you, I promise. Help us speak up. Tell Congress…

Sicko’s Donna Smith; Live! In concert!

Tomorrow at 4PM at Corrente Wire