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Dr. Jewel Crawford confronts Secrety Kathleen Sebelius

Crawford to Sebelius – Why is Single Payer Off the Table?

Dr. Jewel Crawford believes passionately in single payer health insurance.So much so that, Dr. Crawford traveled to the Fox News studios in Washington, D.C. to confront Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Dr. Crawford teaches at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Crawford was accompanied at the Fox News studio by journalist Sam Husseini of Washington Stakeout.

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Keep the Preasure On  – ASAP – Call, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they must support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Now Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, remind him that he is representing the country, NOT  the health insurance & pharma industry in Healthcare Reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making, arresting Doctors and Nurses, etc …  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now ,  the Physicians for a National Health Program  and Health-Justice web sites to learn more!

~ If you know anyone who needs help with MRSA – real help is available! ~

Former Health Insurance Industry insider now speaking out…

potter picThe Health Care Industry vs. Health Reform

June 25, 2009 by Healthcare-NOW! 
By: Wendell Potter for prwatch.org//Wendell Potter is the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin.

I’m the former insurance industry insider now speaking out about how big for-profit insurers have hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street investors, and how the industry is using its massive wealth and influence to determine what is (and is not) included in the health care reform legislation members of Congress are now writing.

Although by most measures I had a great career in the insurance industry (four years at Humana and nearly 15 at CIGNA), in recent years I had grown increasingly uncomfortable serving as one of the industry’s top PR executives. In addition to my responsibilities at CIGNA, which included serving as the company’s chief spokesman to the media on all corporate and financial matters, I also served on a lot of trade association committees and industry-financed coalitions, many of which were essentially front groups for insurers. So I was in a unique position to see not only how Wall Street analysts and investors influence decisions insurance company executives make but also how the industry has carried out behind-the-scenes PR and lobbying campaigns to kill or weaken any health care reform efforts that threatened insurers’ profitability.

I also have seen how the industry’s practices — especially those of the for-profit insurers that are under constant pressure from Wall Street to meet their profit expectations — have contributed to the tragedy of nearly 50 million people being uninsured as well as to the growing number of Americans who, because insurers now require them to pay thousands of dollars out of their own pockets before their coverage kicks in — are underinsured. An estimated 25 million of us now fall into that category.

What I saw happening over the past few years was a steady movement away from the concept of insurance and toward “individual responsibility,” a term used a lot by insurers and their ideological allies. This is playing out as a continuous shifting of the financial burden of health care costs away from insurers and employers and onto the backs of individuals. As a result, more and more sick people are not going to the doctor or picking up their prescriptions because of costs. If they are unfortunate enough to become seriously ill or injured, many people enrolled in these plans find themselves on the hook for such high medical bills that they are losing their homes to foreclosure or being forced into bankruptcy.

As an industry spokesman, I was expected to put a positive spin on this trend that the industry created and euphemistically refers to as “consumerism” and to promote so-called “consumer-driven” health plans. I ultimately reached the point of feeling like a huckster.

I thought I could live with being a well-paid huckster and hang in there a few more years until I could retire. I probably would have if I hadn’t made a completely spur-of-the-moment decision a couple of years ago that changed the direction of my life.   (Read the rest of the story…)

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Read more on Wendell Potter – (Link)

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Keep the Preasure On  – ASAP – Call, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they must support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Now Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, remind him that he is representing the country, NOT  the health insurance & pharma industry in Healthcare Reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making, arresting Doctors and Nurses, etc …  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now ,  the Physicians for a National Health Program  and Health-Justice web sites to learn more!

~ If you know anyone who needs help with MRSA – real help is available! ~

Pharma Watch: Health Insurance CEO’s refuse…

HI jokeAre you FURIOUS yet?

An article and NPR report describing the hearings where insurance CEO’s absolutely refused to give up their companies’ “right” to retroactively terminate a health insurance policy when someone gets a serious illness.  (LINK)  

An LA Times story on the same hearings is here.  (LINK)

Not FURIOUS yet?

A study from the government showing this startling new news:  We are paying lots more for health insurance than we should be!!!!  And the price is going up really, really fast!!!! Wow!!   (LINK)

The recent rapid rise in health care stock prices have investors celebrating the presumptive failure of any meaningful health care reform.  Are you going to let that happen??? 

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Keep the Preasure On  – ASAP – Call, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they must support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Now Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, remind him that he is representing the country, NOT  the health insurance & pharma industry in Healthcare Reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making, arresting Doctors and Nurses, etc …  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now ,  the Physicians for a National Health Program  and Health-Justice web sites to learn more!

~ If you know anyone who needs help with MRSA – real help is available! ~

Health-care Reform News – Be an informed voter!

A single payer rep finally testifies to Congress; insurance industry steps up attack on any public plan

June 21 – “Our decades’ reliance on the market and efforts to patch together a system to use a public and private mix has failed to carry a quality health care to all Americans. The market is the wrong model. Health care is not a commodity, it’s a human right,” Dr. Margaret Flowers spoke at Senator Kennedy’s health committee hearing.

 

Flowers was one of the thirteen single-payer advocates arrested at the Baucus Finance Hearing in May.She is a pediatrician in the Baltimore area and a co-chair of the Maryland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).

She told TRNN that President Barack Obama’s public insurance plan would still not solve the problem of inaccessible health care in the United States. “It doesn’t solve the fundamental problem that we have in this country, dealing with so many different insurers. It just adds one more insurance to the mix. It’s going to be expensive. The connector, the exchange that they want to create will add costs, their efforts to regulate private insurers is going to add costs, health care providers are still going to have to deal with a whole maze of plans, and patients are still going to have to deal with that.”

“I think that whole idea of being bipartisan from the beginning was a mistake. I mean, we have the opportunity right now, we have a Democratic president, we have a Democratic Congress. We should be able to craft legislation that serves our people,” Flower said.

Starting on May 30th and rallies have broken out across the United States in favor of a single payer healthcare system. HealthCare Now has worked with The Real News by providing citizen clips of events that took place across the United States.

One of the citizen clips was submitted from Austin Texas where Fernando Losada of the CNA/NNOC informs us of the new civil healthcare movement. “We are on the verge of something historical in our country, we are uniting all of the nurses unions; within months we will be 150,000 people strong. ”

Dr. Flowers ends the interview by encouraging people to “treat it like a civil rights movement; we need more people out rallying for single payer Healthcare.”

By Healthcare-Now & The Real News

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Keep the Preasure On  – ASAP – Call, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they must support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Now Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, remind him that he is representing the country, NOT  the health insurance & pharma industry in Healthcare Reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making, arresting Doctors and Nurses, etc …  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now ,  the Physicians for a National Health Program  and Health-Justice web sites to learn more!

~ If you know anyone who needs help with MRSA – real help is available! ~

THE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE HORROR SHOW

Do you really need to ask why any longer?  If you want to know why – click  on the below!bribes

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Keep the Preasure On  – ASAP – Call, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they must support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Now Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, remind him that he is representing the country, NOT  the health insurance & pharma industry in Healthcare Reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making, arresting Doctors and Nurses, etc …  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now ,  the Physicians for a National Health Program  and Health-Justice web sites to learn more!

~ If you know anyone who needs help with MRSA – real help is available! ~

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s – Take a break from your norm and allow yourself to Enjoy the Day

Something out the norm – Enjoy & share if you like…

 

More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. with just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt!  Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of march 2009, 08:00 AM.  It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.

Written by jointefforthost

June 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

National Rally – Healthcare for All Now! – June 25th

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If you can not attend, please take a minute and visit the Health-Justice website and see what else they are actively doing.   They have many ways available for  you to  help.   They have established quite an impressive array of e-mail and fax tools…   They also are sponsoring many new TV ads.   So check the site out and please HELP!        LINK

 

~ Real and affordable help is available for MRSA ~