A Tip Without An Iceberg: Americans, Not Canucks, Are The Real Medical Refugees

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Once the Senate puts aside the irrational fracas over Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court – she eats spicy food, her name doesn’t sound American, she can be quoted out of context, she’s a secret socialist – and confirms her nomination, Congress can turn its attention to dealing with genuine problems such as providing [...]

Can Obama Build A Grassroots Health-Care Movement?

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As insurance companies and health-care conglomerates ramp up opposition to real reform, activists must build a real grassroots movement that forces Congress to do the right thing. On June 6, the Obama Administration is launching an effort to accomplish this. It is making its greatest push yet to use its “Organizing for America” operation to [...]

The Only Sure Way to Fund Universal Health Care

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During the presidential campaign, I thought Obama made only one big policy mistake. He criticized John McCain for proposing to tax all employer-provided health benefits. McCain’s overall health plan was regressive – he would have turned the savings into tax credits for purchasing health care – but he was right about where the revenues should [...]

Save $1 Billion in Five Years—End the Death Penalty in California

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In the market for a prime piece of real estate? Governor Schwarzenegger has the deal for you! Facing a $21.3 Billion budget deficit in California, Schwarzenegger has offered to sell state-owned property to make up the difference. The crown jewel of the proposed fire sale is San Quentin State Prison, home to California’s death row [...]

Can We Fight the Healthcare Industry

According to the experts in this video, you can’t have a healthcare system that works if it’s modeled after the one used by the medical insurance industry today in the United States. They contend that the current system in the U.S. is a system that is guaranteed to waste money and ensures that the sickest [...]

The Health Care Cave-In

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“Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the better” is a favorite slogan in Washington because compromise is necessary to get anything done. But the way things are going with health care, a better admonition would be: “Don’t give away the store.” Single-Payer Plan Is Ideal Many experts have long agreed that a so-called “single-payer” [...]

AB 56 Would Require Health Insurance Cover Mammograms for Screening or Diagnostic Purposes

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Existing California law mandates that health insurance companies that are regulated under the California Insurance Code (PPOs) must provide coverage for mammograms to screen for breast cancer according to a woman’s age as specified in statute. AB 56 will require these health insurance companies to cover mammograms for screening or diagnostic purposes for breast cancer [...]

Keep on Keeping on with Universal Healthcare

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Tempering the universal healthcare movement’s idealism with calls for pragmatic approaches, retired State Senator Sheila Kuehl preached persistence at last Saturday’s “Single Payer Solution” conference. “Our job is to convince California person by person, church by synagogue, worker by workplace by employer, that single payer is the right answer,” she told the packed sanctuary at [...]

Marcy Winograd Kicks Off Congressional Race

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Marcy Winograd is kicking off her congressional campaign on Monday, May 11th, at 4 PM, at the VENICE PIER (Washington Blvd. and Ocean Front Walk/Boardwalk). Park on Washington Blvd., a side-street, or in the pier parking lot ($5.00). For those who want to avoid parking fees, meet up at 3:30 pm sharp with members of [...]

AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing

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In September of 2008 it was disclosed that the City of Los Angeles had not opened or tested over 7,000 rape kits that were collected as evidence. Of these kits, 217 had been held beyond the 10-year statute of limitations that applies to the crime of rape. A report published by the independent group, Human [...]

Los Angeles Single-Payer Advocates Are Seen and Heard

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On Monday, April 6, the final regional White House meeting on healthcare reform took place in Los Angeles. Like the meetings held in Dearborn, Michigan; Burlington, Vermont; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Des Moines, Iowa, single-payer advocates were shut out of the discussion and gathered outside the event in order to make their voices heard. The [...]

Paths From the Swamp of Substandard Health Care Toward a Single-Payer System

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There is a consensus that, in terms of health care reform, we are at a watershed moment that comes around only ever decade or so. It is imperative that some form of inclusive, affordable, and quality health care be legislated now or we will all suffer the consequences of delay. This article is intended to [...]

Getting Ready for Our “Local Media for Social Change: A Southern California Regional Summit”

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About this time last year, Sharon and I were so taken with a media summit we attended at Caltech called “Local Media for Social Change” that we joined its organizing committee to help prepare for the next one, which is going to be held in two weeks, this time at Occidental College. We found that [...]

After Guantánamo: The Crisis of U.S. Prisons and Lessons from the Medieval Past

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The incoming Administration is to be lauded for its intention to dismantle the Guantánamo Bay prison, whose very existence, let alone the activities reportedly carried out within it, undermine the U.S.’s claim of promoting democracy and human rights. But if prisoners’ rights are evidently so important, and if we seem to agree that we are [...]

Single Payer Moment HR 676

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While a Democratic polling firm has just found, as pollsters always do, dramatic public support for public health coverage, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill appear divided, as they have always been, over whether to take a comprehensive approach to health care. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on C-Span on Sunday that incrementalism would [...]

A New Day In Health Access: Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health & Human Services

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Though he’s not yet confirmed, it looks like former Senator Tom Daschle will be joining President Obama (I so like saying that) in his Cabinet, heading up all the agencies that provide resources and oversight for America’s health and healthcare dollars. In addition, he will wear another, related, hat: heading up the new White House [...]

Countdown’s Favorite People of 2008

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Countdown, hosted by Keith Olbermann, prepared a video of it’s favorite people of 2008. Guess who made the list (hint: the photo accompanying this article won’t give you a clue)

Take the Lead: Help Stop HIV and AIDS

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For 20 years, people around the globe have observed December 1 as World AIDS Day. It’s a time to remember those we have lost, to thank the people who give of their time to care for those infected and affected by the disease, and to rededicate ourselves to finding a cure. AIDS has not gone [...]

Why I Support HR 7255, the “Immigration Fairness and Oversight Act”

Those acquainted with my political views know I am fundamentally opposed to illegal immigration and feel much needs to be done to overhaul our current immigration policies and create laws and procedures that are congruent with the state of California’s best interest. I oppose the presence of illegal aliens because of the stifling effect they [...]

Another McCain-Palin Lie: Their Health Coverage Plan Has Nothing To Do With Health Or Coverage.

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann is donating $100 to charity for every lie told by or on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin during the campaign. McCain invented the Blackberry? $100. Palin says she’ll help special needs kids, not mentioning that she vetoed $250,000 for the Special Olympics? Another $100 from Keith. Every day seems to [...]

LAO Confirms Single Payer Reduces Health Care Spending, Contains Annual Growth

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This is my fifth essay for 2008. I interrupt my presentations on the current budget crisis to report on a confidential analysis of SB 840, my legislation creating a single payer health insurance system, requested by anonymous members of the Assembly [the requesters' names are not revealed, as a matter of course, by the Legislative [...]

Major Surge in Support for National Health Insurance among U.S. Physicians

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According to the new statewide poll by the Field Institute, released yesterday, the number of Californians who would prefer to receive their health care coverage “through the government” has risen by 9 percentage points since the last poll in 2006, and now stands at 31%, while those who prefer that individuals take responsibility for their [...]

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