California State Senate Kills Universal Health Care Bill

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The Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC) today denounced the failure of the California Senate to pass SB 810, the California Universal Care Act. The bill died when it remained two votes short of passage.

Healthcare: What Democrats Should Have Learned By Now

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Robert Reich: Had the President and the Democrats stuck to their guns during the health-care debate and insisted on Medicare for all, or at least a public option, they wouldn’t now be facing the possible unraveling of the new health care law.

Summer Single Payer Conference

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This one-day educational and skills-building conference will teach you all about the US healthcare system, its problems, and how to fix them.

The Winter of Labor’s Discontent

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Berry Craig: But it’s getting harder for me to defend Obama when my union brothers and sisters — who also voted and worked for him — say he’s all but surrendered to the GOP. I’m disappointed in the president. They’re downright mad.

Hey, Prez, Got a Minute?

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Mike Price: Dear President Obama, I want justice. I want you to serve not our enemies, but those of us with tears of joy over your inauguration.

Mad As Hell Doctors Coming to Town

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The Mad As Hell Doctors (MAHD), a group of activist physicians, nurses and other health care providers who are fighting for a Single Payer National Health Insurance Program for all Americans, will tour California with 26 educational, entertaining events beginning September 23 in Arcata and ending in Sacramento on October 12.

Marcy’s Response to Jane Harman: You’re in the Bubble

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Marcy Winograd: my JOBS, NOT WARS campaign against Jane Harman in today’ Democratic Party primary centers around connecting the dots between the trillions we spend on war and the money denied for sustainable job creation, affordable housing, strong public education, and quality health care for all.

Winograd vs. Incumbent Harman: The Margin Narrows

With less than 3 weeks to go in the primary election, a new poll shows the Winograd/Harman race is competitive and may be reflecting an anti-incumbency wave. The IVR Poll of nearly 1,000 Likely Voters Indicates Winograd is within four points of the embattled incumbent. The poll of likely primary voters shows Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA-36) may well defeat opponent Jane Harman in the June 8th Democratic Party primary.

From “Fired Up and Ready to Go” to “Tired Out and Staying Home”

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Joseph Palermo: During the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush years the center of American politics was pushed about a hundred degrees to the Right. Obama gets elected and tries to move it about a half degree leftward and all we hear are screams of “socialism!”

There You Go Again, Assemblyman Niello

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Adam Eran: Niello apparently believes government’s taxes, spending and regulations never produce any real benefit; they only kill jobs. Never mind that better regulation would have prevented the sub-prime meltdown that has sent our economy into a tailspin, or that taxes have been cut for the last 30 years without any unusual upturn in the economy.

Medicare-for-All: The Answer to a President’s Call and a Nation’s Woes

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Dr. Margaret Flowers: I was overjoyed to hear you say in your State of the Union address on Wednesday night: “But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.” My colleagues, fellow health advocates and I have been trying to meet with you for over a year now because we have an approach which will meet all of your goals and more.

My Blue Shield Experience Embodies Our Stupid and Wasteful Health Insurance System

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With a single payer system, one entity would coordinate everything. Eliminating the majority of paper-pushing companies and employees with their cubicle-bred mindsets (forget expertise!) could lead the way for Janet and other competent people to run things.

Michael Moore’s New Film Galvanizes AFL-CIO

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I don’t need a phone survey or Internet poll to know that the audience was wild about Moore’s film: the audience was often so overcome with laughter, applause and sheer excitement that it often broke into massive applause, with nobody complaining about the drowning out of dialogue due to the clapping.

How Bad Is America’s Healthcare Crisis?

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Drawn from a presentation Dr. Matt Hendrickson gave at a Single-Payer Healthcare forum given in Santa Monica last month, our LA Progressive survey was designed to underscore just how dire America’s healthcare system has become—and to give you a chance to test your knowledge and intuitions.

Obama: Is Disappointment or Disillusionment Justified?

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If Obama and the Democrats are unable to usher in real, lasting change, the greatest tragedy will be the loss of faith amongst my generation and others in our ability to help shape the country.

Citizen Chuck in Health Care Land, and the End of Civilization as We Know It

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Today, as I left the market, a paid signature gatherer asked me to endorse cutting state spending. I asked her if she knew that, after adjusting for inflation and population, California’s state spending has grown insignificantly in the past two decades. The state’s deficits exist because we reduced taxes, starting with proposition 13.

Wanted: Persistent Progressive Propositions

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Right-wingers at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association understand that elections are transitory – and a long-term approach requires going back to the voters over and over again.

Long and Winding Road to Universal Healthcare

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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.

Single-Payers Crashing the Gates

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One of the many frustrations for advocates of single-payer health care is the relentless drive to marginalize us, not only by conservatives but also by members of our own party. Case in point: the accounting arm of Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, has yet to perform a financial analysis of the cost of implementing single [...]

LA Progressive: May 24 to May 30, 2009

Single-Payer Health Care versus Individual Mandates: A Dilemma for Democrats. –Gene Rothman What’s Not Being Said About the Obama-Netanyahu Talks. –Carl Bloice A White Gay’s Guide for Dealing with the Black Community. –Jasmyne Cannick Lieutenant Dan Choi Takes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Directly To Obama. –Linda Milazzo A Tip Without An Iceberg: Americans, Not Canucks, [...]

Single-Payer Health Care versus Individual Mandates: A Dilemma for Democrats

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A wide array of labor unions, health care providers, and consumers–including the California Nurses Association and the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) favors a single-payer (SP) “Medicare for All” system as the most cost-effective, comprehensive, and outcome-effective health care proposal. “Everybody in, nobody out” is the principle. By reducing or eliminating the role [...]

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 [...]

LA Progressive: May 10 to May 16, 2009

Now It’s Inglewood’s Turn to Have a Federal Police Department Watch Dog.—Anthony Asadullah Samad The Republican Contract on California.—Tom Hall Posters Show the Labor Movement At its Best.—Randy Shaw Nancy Pelosi, Torture, and Bush’s Warmongering .—Joseph Palermo Alabama Senator Linked to White Supremacists .—David A. Love AB 56 Would Require Health Insurance Cover Mammograms for [...]

Obama’s Good Luck: Sebelius Set to Replace Daschle

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It’s allegedly better to be lucky than good. Barack Obama has great political skills, but it took luck to give him the chance to replace a tarnished Tom Daschle with a far more credible Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services Secretary. The Kansas Governor is slated to be appointed to the job, and will [...]

The Push to Do Away With State Boards

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Literally from the first moment I walked into the California Legislature, and, probably, for years before that, my colleagues “across the aisle” (that is, Republican colleagues) have unceasingly advocated for the elimination of any and all state oversight boards. Pressed to articulate their reasons, they cite the usual mantra of “waste”, and insist that it [...]

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 [...]

Gubernatorial Candidates Come Calling

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Some wore Obama t-shirts, a few mourned Hillary’s exit, but the majority just talked about taking back our country from those who took us to war. Meeting near San Francisco last weekend, representatives to the California Democratic Party Executive Board, planned neighbor-to-neighbor voter outreach campaigns, passed resolutions calling for the elimination of water boarding and [...]

Putting Progressives on the Democratic National Committee

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When anti-war activists on the California Democratic Party Executive Board gather near San Francisco this weekend their swing block votes, representing roughly a third of the board, could elect strong progressives to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Up for grabs are 19 seats for the California Delegation in 2012, when the next Presidential nominee will [...]

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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