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Health & Wellness  (tags: healthcare, society, economy, HR 676, single payer )

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John Conyers' H.R. 676 has been reintroduced! It had 93 cosponsors in the last Congress. This week 33 cosponsors signed on. All the latest news, actions, and insider tips seem to be on this one blog. Please check it out!

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Margi` L (129)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:19 pm
This is such great news!!! Why oh why are they trying to re-invent the wheel. This bill provides universal health coverage for us all!!!!! Yeah!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:25 pm

Health Care Now
The whole world is in recession. But the United States is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care
catastrophe -- in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and .....

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:26 pm

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million NewFirst-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business
Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:33 pm
"An Economically Created Health Care Disaster"
- Everyone knows that getting the insurance industry out of healthcare
would give you better healthcare delivery and cost you less, but
conservatives oppose the plan will save you money.

Laura Hovland (129)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:41 pm
There is much we, the people, can do to try to get this right. I hope everyone is checking out the links in that blog. Many activist groups are organized to push 676, but some are already giving in to insurance companies, and thus encouraging a half-way, destined to fail, plan. PNHP, Physicians for a National Health Program is standing firm, a great group and site. California Nurses association is great too. 99oh9 is definitely worth a look, I signed up for there coordinated contact campaign, it's easy, could be effective, and is not time consuming. A friend posted a blog yesterday that you may find interesting. After reading it I wrote to both Obama and to his team that is compiling the results of the house parties held in December.

Laura Hovland (129)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 2:44 pm
Oops, here is the link to the blog I mentioned.

Laura Hovland (129)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 9:48 am
Quentin Young of PNHP, is suggesting Dr. Marcia Angell, for the HHS Secretary position. A former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, who wrote a book on the pharmaceutical industry and is pro-Single Payer, Marcia Angell, M.D. (born 1939) is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). She currently is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Let's bombard the White House with our unified suggestion for HHS Secretrary: Marcia Angell MD.

E-mail Contact page here
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Laura Hovland (129)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 9:34 am
Teacher unions in Vermont and Oregon have endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). This bring the total number of Union endorsements to 483, in 49 states including 118 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state AFL-CIO's.

HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident. It would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic and long term care. HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments and would save billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.

For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample endorsement resolution, Union members are encouraged to contact:
Kay Tillow
All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551
Email: nursenpo@aol. com

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday February 12, 2009, 2:15 pm
National Call-in Day for HR 676 - February 12, 2009

Don’t forget to call Congress and contact the white house, too!

February 12, 2009: Call Congress, and the President
Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121
(ask for your representative’s office)

If your member is a current co-sponsor, thank your rep. and ask him or her to stand firm for HR 676 and actively seek additional co-sponsors.

If your member is a current co-sponsor, thank your rep. and ask him or her to stand firm for HR 676 and actively seek additional co-sponsors.

If your member was a co-sponsor in the last Congress, ask him or her to sign on immediately as a co-sponsor in this Congress.

If your member has yet to co-sponsor HR 676, ask him or her to please become a co-sponsor, select one or two talking points here.

Urge your member to accept testimony from panelists to explore the serious flaws in the Massachusetts health plan and examine why it cannot serve as a national model for providing universal and comprehensive care, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 2226 Rayburn House Office Building.


Tim Carpenter,
National Director, PDA

P.S. Don't forget to call (202-456-1414) or fax (202-456-2461) the White House to make sure our current President recalls how very troubled another young lawyer from Illinois was as he viewed the future of the nation under the control of the monied and corporate interests just like those swirling in the for-profit health insurance industry.

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday February 21, 2009, 3:38 pm

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million NewFirst-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

The number of jobs created by a single-payer system, expanding and upgrading Medicare to cover everyone, parallels almost exactly the total job loss in 2008.


Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 5:53 pm
Obama Flips: Now Calls For Universal Healthcare Coverage Mandate

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 8:46 pm
The Health Care Fight Begins: Obama Budget Creates $634B Health Fund

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 3:50 pm
Tell Max Baucus he must put single-payer reform back on the table:


Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
The solution? The United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676. You can read about it here:

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday March 31, 2009, 10:22 am

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses—potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance—FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy, in Sick Around America, airing Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 12:13 pm
RepubliCON Eric Cantor Fails to Explain GOP Health Care Plan on Morning Joe

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:22 pm
Consumer Reports Debunks Right-Wing Health Care Myths

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday July 12, 2009, 9:23 pm
Here is a link to the transcript from the most recent episode of "Bill Moyer's Journal" where he interviews Wendell Potter, a former executive at CIGNA who tells all about how lobbyists are spending millions of dollars each day to convince Congress to water-down health care, and who talks about how the goal of insurance companies is to deny coverage as much as possible so that their Wall Street shareholders can see increased profits. Is it any wonder that Congress wants to stall?

You can watch the program if you go here and click on "Watch: Profits Over People"

President Obama and every member of Congress should be forced to watch this!

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 10:56 pm
AMA backs House heathcare bill.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 10:59 pm
What is so hard about using some logic here????

47 million un insured
20 million under insured
fast food companies and insurance companies making profits hand over fist. Bushes tax cuts for the rich still in effect

Subtract 10 million poor/indigent/mentally ill, etc, who are uninsured and will have to get free care = 37 mill un-insured who can pay.
18.5 million can pay $50/mo = 925,000,000
18.5 mill can pay $100 = $1,850,000,000
20 mill under insured will switch and can pay $100 = 2,000,000,000
That is a grand total of $47,750,000,000


That does'nt count the millions who'll switch from private companies if they can pay $100 or 200 per month and have their entire family covered even with pre-existing conditions.

I've also been advocating a 1penny tax on the fastfoods, foods/beverages w/ high fructose cs, and every bottle/glass of alchohol, but in thinking about it more, we should have a 1 penny federal sales tax on EVERY purchase. I can hear the opponents shouting about making the poor poorer, but my statement is 1 cent on each purchase NOT on every dollar or hundred dollars. From candy bars to fruit to big screen tv's to your house. 1 cent on everything. I'm willing to pay $50.01 for my full tank of gas if I can get affordable health care. How about y'all?

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 7, 2009, 3:45 am

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on How the GOP Is Screwing Its Healthcare Baby

The GOP is willing to disrupt the health care debate if they can't win it. Yesterday in Tampa, a mob of Glenn Beck supporters nearly caused a riot. The Republican is an uncaring idiot who cares for no one but itself? To hell with the guy in the street!

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:18 pm
Froomkin on the week's Cheney-related revelations: "Indeed, it's worth pointing out that pretty much anytime we find out something new about the Bush era, the result is profound, consistent vindication for all the central pillars of the Bush critique chronicled in my column and elsewhere over the years. But here's the thing. I'm getting oddly little satisfaction from this -- because I'm increasingly troubled about this presidency. At the heart of all the tragedies of the Bush years was the White House's fundamental untrustworthiness. They didn't tell us the truth. And sometimes -- more often than we still want to believe -- they flat-out lied to us. Lack of transparency was also a fatal flaw. When people can't see into the White House (and the people inside don't want to look out) bad things happen. As they surely did."
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