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Archive for December 2008

What is Single Payer – HR 676 ?

Please take 4 minutes of your time to learn about HR 676 Single Payer Health Plan!

Now that you know – Please help spread the word!  Please get involved!  The time is NOW!

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December 31, 2008 at 4:22 am

A PNHP request for your help!

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This post is a request from Dr. Quentin Young, M.D. the National Coordinator from the Physicians for a National Health Program.  In an effort to gain further support I am posting as it was sent to me. Please consider taking the time and get involved.  A single payer health plan (HR 676) is the only viable health plan on the table, and would ensure health-care for”everyone” at less cost with far greater coverage!

Dear PNHP Members and Friends,
Please use the Obama web site to vote your support for the single-payer position. The Obama transition team is soliciting questions from the public via their web site. Visitors may “vote” for the best questions, which will then be responded to by the Obama team.

http://change.gov/openforquestions

As of this writing, single-payer questions have been voted #2 and #3 under the “health care” section. Please help us vote them to the top and send a strong message to the Obama team and the new Congress that the American public favors single payer, not incremental band-aids.

In addition, we encourage you to submit your own questions which will highlight the inadequacies of the Obama proposal. Sample questions are reprinted below the instructions which follow:

Instructions for Voting / Submitting Questions
1. Visit http://change.gov/openforquestions

2. Click the small “Sign In” text on the right-hand side of the screen. Sign-in with your email and password on the right. (If you haven’t signed-in before, just fill out the short form on the left.)

3. Under “pick a topic” on the left-hand side of the screen, click “health care.”

4. Questions will appear in a box in the middle. Skip the large question in the blue box and scroll down. Immediate below the large blue question will be leading questions. Two excellent ones should be near the top:

“We all recognize the insurance industry is the problem, not lack of insurance–what are you going to do about getting single payer (government) health care, as other progressive countries throughout the industrialized world have done?”

“What are the obstacles to implementing the single-payer health care used in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia? With a growing number of unemployed or underemployed in 2009, will your administration work towards single-payer as a goal?”

(Note: More good questions may have appeared by the time you read this. You may want to examine others if you have time)

5. To vote for these questions, click the small “check” box beside it.

6. To Submit a question, click the “submit a question” box at the bottom of the screen and type it in. Here are some example questions:

Employer-based coverage continues to steadily deteriorate, leaving millions without access to care due to costs and hundreds of thousands facing medical bankruptcy even though they’re insured. Why should we use this defective system as the as the foundation of reform when research shows single-payer national health insurance could provide comprehensive, universal care for no more than we’re paying now?

Subsidy and individual mandate schemes have failed to achieve universal coverage anywhere they’ve been tried…including most recently in Massachusetts. Rather than reprising these mistakes, wouldn’t it be better to move to a proven system – single-payer national health insurance – which has already afforded other industrialized countries healthier populations at lower costs?

Sincerely,
Quentin Young, MD
National Coordinator
Physicians for a National Health Program / LINK

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December 30, 2008 at 4:21 am

Bush’s Final F.U.

george1The administration is rushing to enact a host of last-minute regulations that will screw America for years to come.

TIM DICKINSON  /  Rollingstone.com

With president-elect Barack Obama already taking command of the financial crisis, it’s tempting to think that regime change in America is a done deal. But if George Bush has his way, the country will be ruled by his slash-and-burn ideology for a long time to come.

In its final days, the administration is rushing to implement a sweeping array of “midnight regulations” — de facto laws issued by the executive branch — designed to lock in Bush’s legacy. Under the last- minute rules, which can be extremely difficult to overturn…  Read the entire article  (more)

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December 29, 2008 at 4:16 am

National Meeting of Labor Organizations Supporting HR 676 “Medicare for All”

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st_louisJoin the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Organizing Committee in St.Louis Missouri, January 10-11th 2009

Our healthcare system is in crisis and those of us in the Labor Movement who support HR 676, the Single-Payer “Medicare for All” legislation, have an important job to do.register-nowAll labor organizations who support the passage of HR676 are invited to attend and participate in making the decision to launch a dynamic campaign for the only workable solution to today’s healthcare crisis.

All labor organizations who support the passage of HR676 are invited to attend and participate in making the decision to launch a dynamic campaign for the only workable solution to today’s healthcare crisis.
The struggle to produce a just national healthcare system in America will require a unified, aggressive, grassroots campaign-oriented labor movement. The stakes are too high to have it any other way!

The nation’s healthcare crisis is ruining the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. The huge pool of uninsured and underinsured families is growing dramatically and, increasingly, members of our unions are joining their numbers.

This crisis fundamentally distorts the ability of all workers to survive in today’s predatory economic environment. Union contracts no longer adequately stand between union members and the crisis. Shifting the cost of healthcare to workers under the current profit-driven system is a painful feature of virtually every set of contract negotiations these days. For non-union workers, a voiceless majority of all workers, increasing the burden of costs is a slam-dunk for employers. A publicly supported national healthcare system like those in virtually all other industrialized countries is the only rational answer. On this issue labor needs to speak with one voice. (read more)

You don’t have to be in a Union to see the benefits of supporting HR 676, a Single Payer Health Plan.   Please join the effort!  To see what other individuals, groups, cities, organizations, and more  are doing and supporting HR 676 go to Healthcare-Now.org (LINK)

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December 28, 2008 at 4:56 am

Santa Baby artist Eartha Kitt died on Christmas

eartha-kittNEW YORK – Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.    Read More 

Did you know that Eartha Kitt was the original artist for the Christmas favorite song, Santa Baby! 

eartha-kitt-3Eartha Kitt also starred as the famous Witch in the movie classic the Wizard of OZ!

 

 

 

eartha-kitt-bEartha also played the Cat Women in the original Batman TV classic…

 

 

 

Eartha Kitt will indeed be remembered.  I will play & relish her Santa Baby classic every Christmas!

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December 27, 2008 at 3:30 am

Bad Healthcare Reform Must be Stopped!

Urgent Action is Needed!  – The Senate is proposing a health-care reform plan that will mandate health insurance coverage for every person in the United States. Individual mandates are bad policy because they subsidize the private health insurance industry, enriching CEOs and corporations. It does not insure more people, and it will likely worsen the more inhumane aspects of our current health-care system.

You need to tell your elected officials to support national, single-payer health-care instead. If you’re interested in helping please tell your congressperson you want single-payer health-care (HR 676).  If you don’t know enough about single-payer (HR 676) please go to any of these sites to learn more!  Physicians for a National Health Plan, Healthcare-Now, or the California Nurses Assoc.  If you would like to see which representative’s are currently co-sponsoring HR 676, CLICK HERE.   Want to see what labor unions are supporting HR 676, CLICK HERE.

In addition to contacting your representative’s, please also tell Ted Kennedy & Tom Daschle they need to also support HR 676!  Please don’t put this off!  It takes less than 15 minutes of your time and most of all, it won’t happen without your help!

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December 24, 2008 at 10:00 pm

The economy in the tank & Congress gives itself a raise!

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With the economy the tank, more than 2 million folks have lost jobs this year, and Congress demanding that the US auto company CEO’s work for free, and that the UAW workers take pay cuts, and what do they do…  They have the balls to give themselves a $4,700.00 raise!  It is my opinion that Congress performed at least as poorly over the last year as did GM, and that they too, should agree to work for free!  It’s reported that they don’t even go through the front door.  It is set up so that it happens automatically and the process would actually have to be undone to stop the increase, rather than putting it to a vote.   

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December 22, 2008 at 10:45 pm