Tag Archives: healthcare for all

Bedlam at Orlando Town Hall as GOP Defends Tax Breaks for Rich, Ending Medicare

By ThinkProgress

During a town hall in Orlando yesterday, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) faced a barrage of questions from outraged constituents about the Republican budget. The Orlando Sentinel accurately described the scene as “bedlam.”

For nearly an hour, Webster was peppered with one question after another about his support for ending Medicare, his desire to see tax breaks for the wealthy extended, and his vote to repeal health care reform, including its protections for people with preexisting conditions. For his part, Webster didn’t just avoid the questions by resorting to talking points, as most politicians commonly do. On numerous occasions, Webster simply declined to give an answer to contentious questions altogether, moving on to take a new question instead.

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Vermont House passes Single Payer Healthcare bill

By ThinkProgress

Last night, the Vermont House of Representatives debated and approved by a 92-49 a bill that would create a single payer system in the state. Shumlin praised the move as making Vermont the first state where health care will be a right and not a privilege:

“After hours of debate, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill that would create a single-payer health care system in Vermont. It passed 92-49. In a meeting right after the vote, the house speaker, the governor and others who worked on the bill called it a historic moment for Vermont.

“Become the first state in the country to make the first substantive step to deliver a health care system where health care will be a right and not a privilege,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin.”

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Meet the Real Death Panels


By James Ridgeway
Mother Jones

THERE’S A CERTAIN AGE at which you cease to regard your own death as a distant hypothetical and start to view it as a coming event. For me, it was 67—the age at which my father died. For many Americans, I suspect it’s 70—the age that puts you within striking distance of our average national life expectancy of 78.1 years. Even if you still feel pretty spry, you suddenly find that your roster of doctor’s appointments has expanded, along with your collection of daily medications. You grow accustomed to hearing that yet another person you once knew has dropped off the twig. And you feel more and more like a walking ghost yourself, invisible to the younger people who push past you on the subway escalator. Like it or not, death becomes something you think about, often on a daily basis.

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What’s behind mandatory private health insurance

By BrassCheck TV

Did you think it was strange that the weasels in Washington came up with MANDATORY private insurance as a solution to the health crisis?

I did. So I did some digging. Here’s a guy who was talking about mandatory insurance years ago and what’s really behind it. (6-min video)

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Americans refuse to buy mandatory health insurance that supports corrupt conventional medicine

By Mike Adams

Even if Obama’s health care reform bill becomes law, mandating that all Americans buy health insurance policies for a failed system of “sick care”, I will refuse to comply. I’ve read the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and nowhere in that document do I find that the federal government has the power to force consumers to purchase for-profit insurance products from private companies.

The very basis of the health care reform bill is, at its core, unconstitutional.

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Failure by Design – the ‘Public’ Option

Triumph of the Money Party

Michael Collins

Do you know what the “public option” does or who it covers?  If you’ve had trouble finding out, it’s not your fault.  Reading corporate media coverage provides little or no clue.  It’s hardly ever defined.  There’s a very good reason for the lack of clarity and definition.  But first, a brief summary of the public debate that characterizes just about every public debate we have on critical issues.

If you think that the current version of the public option will provide a choice for a government administered health program, you’re right.  If you think that this option was designed for the general public, then you’re wrong.  It will apply to only some of the uninsured, possibly as few as six million citizens.  It’s a kind of public option. Continue reading

Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Health Care ‘Is this the best we can do?’

WASHINGTON – October 29 – Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the latest House health care plan (and see 4-min video below on Ed Schultz Show):

“Is this the best we can do? Forcing people to buy private health insurance, guaranteeing at least $50 billion in new business for the insurance companies?

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Kucinich Questions Health Insurance Execs. on Denied Claims

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Stop Corporate Welfare

medical insurance bailoutI thought this piece by Ron Paul exceedingly good. It makes one think twice about ‘mandates’ in the health insurance reform:

Healthcare Reform Is More Corporate Welfare
by Ron Paul – September 14, 2009

Last Wednesday (September 9, 2009) the nation was riveted to the President’s speech on healthcare reform before Congress. While the President’s concern for the uninsured is no doubt sincere, his plan amounts to a magnanimous gift to the health insurance industry, despite any implications to the contrary.

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UFCW squares off against Whole Foods

WholeFoods Mackeys Gotta Go

By Lindsay Beyerstein

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey reignited an old feud with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) with an Aug 11 op/ed denouncing Obama’s healthcare plan and denying every American’s right to healthcare. Mackey is a vehement opponent of unionization.

Last week, the UFCW and the Change to Win federation joined the widening boycott against Whole Foods to protest Mackey’s remarks. UFCW has launched a campaign called Mackey’s Gotta Go. Change to Win represents 6 million workers and its investment division controls a billion dollars in assets.

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