February 25, 2010
A reaction from a nurse and a doctor to a “Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform”
Donna Smith is a community-based journalist, organizer and legislative advocate for National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association and for the single-payer, Medicare for all reform.
Dr Mandy Cohen Executive Director of Doctors for America and a primary care physician. Prior to joining Doctors for America, Dr. Cohen was the Deputy Director of Comprehensive Women’s Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC. Dr. Cohen received her medical degree from Yale University.
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February 24, 2010
A very moving Special Comment of Keith’s addressing “death panel” claims from the far right including the personal story of his extremely ill father.
By Jordan Rau
Kaiser Health News
Dec. 24, 2009
WASHINGTON — Now that the Senate has passed a hotly debated health care bill, Congress is headed to the next step: House of Representatives-Senate negotiations in January to hammer out a final version. Given the Senate’s difficulty in passing a bill, the final legislation is likely to tilt strongly toward that chamber’s version. Here’s where things stand and how you might be affected.
Q: What are the biggest disputes?
A: There are scores of disagreements, but the biggest battles will come over how the legislation would be paid for, whether to include a government-run insurance plan and how much to spend on subsidies to help lower- and middle-income Americans afford insurance.
via What Congress’ health care overhaul is likely to mean for you | McClatchy
Senator Sherrod Brown Explains Who Will Benefit From The Health Care Bill
by David Lightman
WASHINGTON — The Senate early Monday voted 60 to 40 to cut off extended debate on the Democratic-authored health care overhaul bill, the first major step toward passing the measure later this week.
The vote, which saw all 58 Democrats and two independents vote to end the latest debate while all 40 Republicans opposed the maneuver, ended at 1:19 a.m. and capped a day of debate that turned partisan and often angry.
The vote, the first of three planned this week aimed at cutting off different debates, found Democrats marching united and determined toward anticipated passage of historic health care legislation late Wednesday or Thursday. If that happens, the Senate bill will have to be reconciled with the version the House of Representatives passed last month.
via 1:19 a.m.: Senate Dems win key 60-40 vote on health care | McClatchy
thinkingliberal’s channel on Nov 28, 2011
Keith Olbermann stresses that he does not support the current “perversion of health care reform,” urging Senate Democrats to drop the bill. December 16, 2009
Nov. 19, 2009
I’m deeply saddened to bring this news to you.
Gary Sudborough, one of my favorite writers for Dandelion Salad has died suddenly from a heart attack on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. His sister, Marcy contacted me today by email, and wrote this comment on his latest post:
November 18, 2009
Update, 10pm ET: As we type, the OC team is working on putting together a webpage of the brand-new Senate health care reform bill: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (link opens in browser as a 2,074-page .pdf), released as an amendment to H.R. 3590. Our uniquely searchable + open-source HTML page will be up and linked from our homepage as soon as we can tonight.
via Senate Health Care Bill Released! – Blog – OpenCongress
by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Nov. 11, 2009
The House of Representatives debate on the health insurance “reform” is over with the Democrats failing the people and the Republicans disgracing themselves as having left their minds back in the third grade with apologies to third graders.
House Democrats were determined to pass any bill with a nice sounding name, such as “The Affordable Health Care for America Act”. Single payer, full Medicare for all was never on the table even though a majority of citizens, physicians and nurses support that far more efficient, free choice of health care professionals, system.
November 09, 2009
Congressman Dennis Kucinich on MSNBC, The Ed Show Monday, November 9th, 2009
Nov. 9, 2009
House Passes Landmark Healthcare Bill with Amendment Backed by Anti-Abortion Lawmakers
The bill has been described as the biggest overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965. Among those who voted no was Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, a leading proponent of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare system. Reproductive rights took a hit Saturday night when the House also passed an amendment to establish limits on the funding of abortions within the new framework that would be established by the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [includes rush transcript]
By David Lightman
Nov. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives Saturday passed, by a vote of 220 to 215, historic health care legislation that would require virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance and create a government-run health insurance plan to help them do so.
If passed by the Senate, the bill would bring about the most sweeping change in the American health care system since Medicare was created 44 years ago.
In addition to creating the so-called public option government run insurance program, the House-passed bill would bar insurers from denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions and set up health care “exchanges,” or marketplaces, where consumers could easily shop for coverage.
via House OKs historic health care overhaul, with one GOP vote | McClatchy
Battle Of the Sexes: GOP Males vs Dem Females on HCR + Conyers Singles Out Kucinich & Weiner for Their Work
Kucinich: Why is it we have Finite Resources for Health Care but Unlimited Money for War?
Kucinich Raises Questions about Stand Alone Vote on National Single Payer + No Bill is Better Than a Bad Bill
Kucinich: The Insurance Companies are the Problem not the Solution
single payer healthcare HR 676 S 703
November 07, 2009
November 7, 2009 – Healthcare Bill Debate in Congress
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