Healthcare Myths and Reality

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Reform will benefit small business – not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.

On Health Care, It’s “E Pluribus” Without the “Unum”

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The fact that nearly 50 million American citizens have no access to health care and when they get sick or injured they are either driven into bankruptcy or suffer from being denied care does not seem to register with these people.

Sarah Palin’s Death Panels

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The “town meetings” that are now spewing such anger reflect deepseated fears that are welling up across America during this economic crisis. Healthcare reform may ease some of these fears. But the demagogues that are manipulating those fears for political gain don’t give a hoot.

Adam Schiff’s Town Hall Fracas

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Last night tempers flared during a boisterous town hall meeting on health-care reform attended by 3,000 people. The event was organized by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D- Burbank). The townhall meeting was originally to be held in a inside the Alhambra Civic Library. But, due to the huge turnout, the meeting was instead held outdoors [...]

How To Fight Heathcare Fearmongers and Demagogues

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The President needs to be very specific about two things in particular: (1) Who will pay? and (2) Why the public option is so important — and why it’s not a Trojan Horse to a government takeover.

Health-Care Reform Key Issue in 2008 Campaign: What Happened?

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The current state of the health care “debate” illustrates, even with the election of Barack Obama and large Democratic majorities in Congress, we might have already lost the vocabulary for collective moral discourse.

Progressives Shouldn’t Mimic Teabaggers In Promoting Health Reform

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Activists often make the mistake of fighting battles on their opponent’s turf. Small town hall meetings are so easy to disrupt that they offer a perfect forum for the passionate Rush Limbaugh crowd that lacks a broad base

How the White House’s Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

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The White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That’s basically the same deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit.

Democrats Try to Regain Ground in the Language Battle

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The latest failure to communicate on the part of Democrats is in using the term “health care reform.” What does that term mean to the public? Why it means that the government will diddle with our great medical care!

Healthcare in America

This video was provided by Bill Moyer’s PBS Television show.  It is available on YouTube.  Here, Bill Moyer’s interviews Wendell Potter a former healthcare insurance executive.  The interview is approximately 37 mins long. The following message was sent to the LA Progressive by a reader who calls himself jacksmith: We have the 37th worst quality [...]

Astroturf Along American Highways, and the Republican Plan

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This Republican disruption strategy will fail. 2010 will not be 1994. There’s too much momentum behind universal health care right now to stop it.

The Incredible Shrinking Healthcare Reform

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Under pressure from industry and their lobbyists, the public plan has been watered down to a small and ineffectual option at best, if it ever survives to being enacted

No, Mr. President, I Will Not “Back Off”

Sen. Ben Nelson (Dem., Nebrasksa) and President Barack Obama

One of the reasons so many of us worked so tirelessly for nearly two exhausting years was because of your long-standing commitment to genuine change in the way health care is delivered and paid for in the United States.

More Orly Taitz!

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No wonder even Ann Coulter — Ann Coulter! — has distanced herself from Taitz saying, in effect: “I don’t want to encourage that woman, she’s a nutjob!”

Confronted With Truth, Blue Dog Ben Nelson Throws Hissy Fit

Since the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seem unwilling to take on Blue Dogs blocking desperately needed public option from health care and insurance reform, the job of calling them out is falling to advocates and Keith Olbermann.

Obama: It’s Up to Activists to Enact Real Health Care Reform

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Barack Obama has created the best opportunity to enact universal health care with a public option since Truman’s presidency. He has made a strong case for the public option, and used his personal popularity to drive the issue. But it is now up to constituency pressure to get the job done.

Single Payer Summer: We Demand National Single-Payer Or At Least the Right for States to Do It

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If the goal is providing more people with better healthcare, if the goal is not to avoid making the federal government look second best, if the goal is not to achieve a perverse hyper-simplicity of “messaging,” then including the state single-payer language in August demands is the way to go.

The Health Care Ten-Ton Gorilla Is…

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It is time to kill the ten-ton gorilla, create real jobs for the paper pushing, coverage-denying employees of this unhealthy insurance industry, and work to clean up the health of our own lives as well as that of our nations with single-payer health insurance.

“Freedom Isn’t Free” — Neither Is Health Care

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President Obama must find a way to re-frame the debate in moral terms. Hopefully, he’ll make a series of public appearances this fall culminating in a stadium-size rally where thousands of people can tell their personal health care atrocity stories

Long and Winding Road to Universal Healthcare

State Senator (Ret.) Sheila Kuehl

Even as Obama takes his case for comprehensive health care reform to the country, only a cockeyed optimist could believe Congress will soon produce anything remotely resembling the universal healthcare.

Healthcare and Free Press: Two Human Rights We Lack

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There you have it. For-profit companies best serve the public interest precisely because they are not subject to public control. Why? Because the public wants what is worst for the public. And how does the Washington Post know this? It has dinner with all the right people, and charges them for the privilege.

Abortion: The 600 Pound Gorilla of Health Care Reform?

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It should be noted that anti-choice activists not only want to prevent a public insurance plan from covering abortion, they want to prevent private plans from doing so as well.

The Future of Universal Health Care, as of Now

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If you’re able and willing I’d urge you to descend on Washington the moment Congress returns from recess. There is nothing quite as persuasive to a member of Congress as real live constituent demanding real reform.

Spinning Health Care: A Bad Case of Vertigo

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Today, the kind of arguments heard during the early ’60s against guaranteed health care for the elderly can now be heard against establishing a comprehensive single-payer system

Obama Needs a Shot of LBJ

It is way past time for The White House to start playing hardball politics with Congress, and I don’t mean the annoying Chris Mathews version.

Los Angeles Council Creates More Hardships with Denials

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Widespread inaction, bad press, and hasty moves surrounding the Golden State’s number one cash crop have council members flustered and community members, on both sides of the issue, outraged.

Single-Payer Healthcare HR 676 Gets a Vote

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A single-payer system would cover everyone at all times with no exceptions and create a net gain of 2.6 million jobs, $317 billion in business revenue, and $100 billion in wages.

After Nurses Investigation, Scrutiny Turns to Other California Health Boards

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Schwarzenegger shares a measure of blame too: his imposed work furloughs will slow investigations, and his administration should have been on the problem earlier.

Obamacare Warring with Itself Over Future Costs

Douglas Elmendorf, head of the Congressional Budget Office

Now is the time for the President to begin twisting arms and knocking heads. To control long-term costs, he’ll also have to take away some of the goodies that have been promised to the health-industrial complex, and maybe even cross Big Labor.

Will Congress Ban States from Providing Healthcare?

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio)

If Kucinich’s amendment fails, the fault will not be the media’s or political calculations or party discipline. The fault will be the extreme degree to which the health insurance companies own our federal government.

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