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Key Lawmakers in Health-Care Debate Reveal Investments in Health Industry - Washingtonpost.Com


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: health care, healthcare, Health Care Reform, investments, congress, conflict of interest )

Claudia
- 1901 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Almost 30 key lawmakers helping draft landmark health-care legislation have financial holdings in the industry, totaling nearly $11 million worth of personal investments in a sector that could be dramatically reshaped by this summer's debate.



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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 9:03 am

Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue
First-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


It's on your kitchen table

In the past few days, our allies in Congress have made serious gains in health care reform. But one thing is still uncertain - whether we'll see a strong, immediate public health insurance option.

President Obama last week indicated that, in order to keep insurance companies "honest" and reduce costs, we must provide Americans with the option of a public health insurance plan.

Now it's time to convince Congress; and the strongest proof that our current health care system is broken is probably sitting on your kitchen table - your medical bills.

What are you spending on health care? Generate your own medical bill online, and send
it to Congress: http://medbill.seiu.org

Today, the Senate is working on a plan for health care reform. The public health insurance option needs to be a part of it because it does three things:

* Lowers costs for individuals and families by competing side-by-side with private insurance plans
* Sets high standards for quality and accessibility that other plans will strive to meet
* Gives Americans more choice in their coverage by offering an affordable alternative to over-priced plans

Congress needs to understand what we're paying for health care. Use our tool to generate a medical bill and send it to your Senators: http://medbill.seiu.org/

After 80 years, we finally have the solution to this health care crisis in our sights. Thanks for joining us in our summer-long sprint to the finish line.

Thanks,
Dr. L. Toni Lewis
SEIU Healthcare
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 9:56 am
A new study shows that SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE REFORM WOULD BE A MAJOR STIMULUS FOR THE US ECONOMY and would provide:

** 2.6 Million New Jobs,
** $317 Billion in Business Revenue,
** $100 Billion in Wages, and
** $44 Billion New Tax Revenues

The press release is here: http://www.calnurses.org/media-center/press-releases/2009/january/nurses-to-congress-expanding-medicare-could-reverse-job-losses-and-repair-our-broken-healthcare-system-and-safety-net.html

Here’s the study: http://www.calnurses.org/research/pdfs/ihsp_sp_economic_study_2009.pdf

It’s clear that single-payer is the solution, not only in terms of providing quality care for all, but also economically!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 10:44 am
Thanks Claudia for the post!

SENATOR GRASSLEY (R-IOWA) IS WORKING WITH BAUCUS TO BLOCK SINGLE PAYER AND EVEN A PUBLIC OPTION. Grassley is an important player in healthcare reform as he’s the senior Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee.

Senator Grassley has taken a lot of money the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry over the years. Yet he launches witch-hunts against others for doing the same. Pot calling the kettle black? Is this why he is blocking single-payer healthcare reform from even being on the table—because he’s in the pockets of the industry?

According to OpenSecrets.org from 2003 – 2008 alone, Senator Grassley has taken donations from:

The Insurance Industry: $643,643

Health Professionals $812,077

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products Industry $352,222

Hospitals/Nursing Homes $288,895

Health Services/HMOs $245,416

THAT’S A GRAND TOTAL OF: $2,342,253.

GRASSLEY’S 2ND HIGHEST CONTRIBUTOR IS BLUE CROSS / BLUE SHIELD.

Grassley refuses to put aside the profits of the industries that have kept him in the Senate. He, Baucus, and other legislators put the profits of their contributors ahead of Americans’ health and lives .

It is time to remove Grassley and other corrupt legislators from their “leadership” of health care reform, and to vote them OUT of office.

Only a single-payer approach to healthcare reform will end the inhumanity of our failed healthcare insurance system, where profits are more important than patients’ health, and where people die because of it.

IN VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER CIVILIZED NATION, NO ONE FEARS LOSING EVERYTHING DUE TO SOME MEDICAL CATASTROPHE.

Our fight for equal access to healthcare for all is about democracy, human rights, civil rights, and basic human decency. WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR OUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. Health care is a basic human right.

Join the human rights fight for single payer health care reform. Start here:

http://www.pnhp.org/

http://www.healthcare-now.org/

http://singlepayeraction.org/

http://www.1payer.net/

http://www.singlepayercentral.com/

http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single_payer_resources.php
 

Claudia S. (62)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 11:23 am

Single payer organizations are desperate for donations right now as well - even $5.00 can help.
 
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