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Bluefin Tuna: From Cat Food to Delicacy

The endangered fish is now worth millions; Obamacare may very well pave the way to single payer; meanwhile, is Israel being “singled out”? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE


The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Kathleen Sebelius on Obamacare and Single-Payer

As the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius finds herself a mild-mannered Kansan in the center of one of the most vitriolic political battles in modern American history.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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GOP Intransigence Leaves Millions of Poor Uncovered by Obamacare

We know about the tea party Obamacare obstructionists in Congress. But even more damage is being done to the program’s implementation at the state level, where Republican refusal to expand Medicaid freezes out some 30 million people from coverage.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Hospitals Performed Unnecessary Heart Procedures

Internal inquiries have revealed that cardiologists at several hospitals operated by HCA, the United States’ largest for-profit hospital chain, performed unnecessary and potentially dangerous heart procedures, and made misleading statements in medical reports to make it appear the measures were needed.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Single-Payer Health Care: $570 Billion Cheaper

Economist Gerald Friedman has what looks to be the silver bullet against the claim that single-payer health care is infeasible on economic grounds, showing how “Medicare for all” could save billions of dollars while improving millions of lives.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Phil Sandlin

Paging Dr. Paul: The Sickness Is in the System

Taking personal responsibility for one’s own health is an artful dodge that suggests the government has no responsibility to provide health care to its population. It is an ideological mantra that health insurance company PR spinmeisters relentlessly front-load to the public via the stenographic mainstream media.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / NoHoDamon

Employer-Provided Health Insurance Taking a Bigger Bite

Newly published numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services show that American workers in 2010 paid average premiums of $4,940 for employer-provided health insurance to cover just themselves. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Sanders Lets Fly at GOP Senators

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate’s health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid “to bring the U.S. government to a halt.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
abcnews.go.com

Senate Republicans Trotting Out the Delay Tactics

President Barack Obama’s hope of getting new health care legislation passed by Christmas may not be realized, especially if Senate Republicans, who seem intent on using whatever strategies they can to delay the vote until next year, have anything to do with it. That’s not to say all Democrats are particularly thrilled with the way it’s shaping up either.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


health care news conference
AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

Time for Our Second Bill of Rights

In his powerful new book, “The Healing of America,” T.R. Reid asks, “Which inequalities will society tolerate? Is it acceptable that some people are left to die because they can’t see a doctor when they get sick? That question encompasses a more basic question: Is health care a human right?”

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


Single Payer
green-rainbow.org

In a Reasoned Debate, Single Payer Will Come Out on Top

Single-payer advocates have been excluded from debate not because our premises or facts are wrong but because special interests, including the private health insurance industry and the big drug companies, have been allowed to define the limits of “politically feasible.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at health care meeting
AP / Alex Brandon

Obama Jumps Into Health Care Fray

So far, we’ve had the angry protests, the scuffles at suddenly volatile town hall meetings, and no resolution of the health care reform argument from our elected leaders, but President Barack Obama is now embarking on a campaign to try to sway public opinion on the issue using ... a series of town hall meetings across the country. Updated

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Gets Critical

So we won’t have a solution to the health care conundrum before summer’s end—and maybe not before the end of 2009, either—but for millions of Americans, this issue is a top priority. Who’s going to pay? Bob Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley cast their votes on this week’s show.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama hugs
AP photo / Alex Brandon

Obama Gives Health Plan a Town-Hall Pitch

While Congress was away, President Obama made another play to boost public support of his health care reform plan. It came Wednesday in a town-hall-esque forum in Virginia. Those hoping for the federal government to back a viable single-payer system, however, will have to keep on hoping.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and doctors
AP photo / Charlie Neibergall

Prescription for a Democratic Win

As Barack Obama moves into the Democratic National Convention, he should speak out more clearly and forcefully on an issue that clearly distinguishes him from his do-nothing opponent—national health insurance.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE


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