A “Critical” Look At Tom Daschle’s Appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Tom Daschle

In his book Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis, former Senator Tom Daschle argues the federal government should shrink away or rather, shirk the power vested in it and delegate the administration of the nation’s healthcare insurance to private interests. He would, if he gets his way, place in charge the very [...]

Single Payer Moment HR 676

Photo courtesy California Nurses Assn

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 [...]

Denver: Your Protestors Should Be Greeted with Flowers!!

At the very core of patriotism is the desire to preserve and enhance democracy. For true patriots – those who take their love of nation beyond the confines of their cushy sofas and wide screen TVs – there are no limits to their efforts to hold leaders accountable to uphold the Constitution and safeguard its [...]

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

Health Care Reform Cartoon traffic jam

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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