Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 22, 2018
March 25, 2018

Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks. I say ‘already’ because, as of yet, there is no major national campaign underway showing that an ‘everybody in, nobody out’ system of health insurance costs less, with better outcomes, is simpler, without maddeningly inscrutable or fraudulent bills, co-pays, deductibles and additional trap doors set by a bunch of greedy corporations. The campaigns that exist today are receiving too little on-the-ground assistance for such a widely-supported issue.

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End the Greedy Silence by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 30, 2017

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our healthcare system and tell its corporate captors and Congress – Enough Already!

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Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare for All by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

Single payer healthcare now!

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 29, 2017

You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all prominently front and center. Single Payer means everybody in, nobody out, with free choice of physician and hospital.

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Medicare Madness – How Americans Can Lose Benefits in a Hospital by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.foavc.org
March 13, 2014

Room 620

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Tuck away the many horror stories of the wrong limbs being amputated, things being left in surgery patients, terrible infections picked up in hospitals and totally wrong diagnoses. More relevant is a bureaucratic hospitalization horror that far too few Americans covered by Medicare are aware of.

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Why the Silence from the Sponsors of the Superior Full Medicare for All? by Ralph Nader

Medicare for All

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 1, 2013

With the Tea Partiers relentless attacks on each of the troubles besetting Obamacare since its complicated, computer glitch-ridden startup on October 1, 2013, the compelling question is: Why aren’t the Congressional sponsors of H.R. 676 – full Medicare for all with free choice of physician and hospital – speaking out as strongly on behalf of this far superior universal health care coverage?

There are fifty-one members of the House who openly favor the single-payer solution for many good reasons. Continue reading

Preserve Benefits: Cut Gouging and Inequities + Time to Counter the Corporate Domination by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Nov. 14, 2012

Love It! Improve It! Medicare For All! Poster - Washington DC

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Congress is still talking about a “Grand Bargain” that “balances” far more spending cuts than tax increases. That is another way of saying that you – the consumer of Medicare and Medicaid services, the recipient of Social Security, and the average taxpayer will take the brunt of the spending cuts, while the wealthy get their income taxes restored, not raised, to their pre-Bush modest levels. Don’t buy it!

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Ralph Nader: Paul Ryan’s Speech: Deceptive, Contradictory and Hypocritical

Lies

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with Ralph Nader

Aug 29, 2012 by

Former Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader criticizes Paul Ryan’s speech at the 2012 RNC Convention in Tampa, calling it deceptive, contradictory and hypocritical. Photo: Getty Images.

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The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthout
April 9, 2012

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The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation, was first put into practice in 2006 in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and was solidified into federal law after corporate lobbyists wrote legislation with more than 2,000 pages. It is a law that forces American citizens to buy a deeply defective product from private insurance companies. It is a law that is the equivalent of the bank bailout bill—some $447 billion in subsidies for insurance interests alone—for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It is a law that is unconstitutional. Continue reading

Free-Market Medicine – A Personal Account by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
January 27, 2012

CAPITALISM ISN'T WORKING

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When I recently went to Alta Bates hospital for surgery, I discovered that legal procedures take precedence over medical ones. I had to sign intimidating statements about financial counseling, indemnity, patient responsibilities, consent to treatment, use of electronic technologies, and the like.

One of these documents committed me to the following: “The hospital pathologist is hereby authorized to use his/her discretion in disposing of any member, organ, or other tissue removed from my person during the procedure.” Any member? Any organ?

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Super Congress = Fascism by The Other Katherine Harris + Kill the Budget Bill + Sanders: Immoral, Grotesque, Unfair

by The Other Katherine Harris
Featured writer
Dandelion Salad
Glitzqueen
August 1, 2011

TAX THE RICH

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No “Super Congress” should be acceptable to anyone who claims to be a Democrat.  This is fascism on a plate!  It’s bad enough we’ve got five kinglets running amok on the Supreme Court.

My son and I, life-long Democrats who always voted in the past, will never vote again for any politician who votes for a deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare and/or Medicaid, or sets up a band of tyrants to force the hand of our elected representatives.  Continue reading

Webster Tarpley: Austerity Psychosis Grips Washington, D. C.

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with Webster Tarpley
Bonnie Faulkner
Guns and Butter
April 20, 2011

Obama’s budget speech at George Washington University on April 13th, 2011; the Fiscal 2011 Budget Resolution causes a revolt in Washington, D.C.; the Independent Payment Advisory Board as a death panel; House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s genocidal Budget Resolution for the year 2012; Medicare and Medicaid under bipartisan attack; PIMCO sells the US short; and speculators drive up the price of oil.

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Bernie Sanders: An Extraordinarily Unfair Budget + Nadler: GOP Budget is Most Radical in Our Lifetime

TAX THE RICH

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on Apr 6, 2011

Sen. Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the outrageous budget proposals from House Republicans.

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The Obama Health Plan Has Serious Threats to Medicare by Michael Lyon

by Michael Lyon
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at SF Gray Panthers Blog
Sept. 29, 2010

Obama’s Health Plan is fatally flawed because it uses insurance companies to deliver healthcare, but the Health Plan also directly threatens Medicare.

People talk about “the healthcare crisis,” but actually there are two healthcare crises.

For us, the healthcare crisis is 51 million uninsured, stripping workers’ health plans, unaffordable health insurance that denies claims and charges high co-pays and deductibles, medical bankruptcies, a tattered safety net, dangerous mistakes in hospitals, and some of the worst health indicators in the industrialized word.

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Kucinich, Conyers, Sanders Renew Call for National Single Payer on Medicare’s Birthday

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jul 30, 2010

Medicare for All is the most Cost-Effective Health Care Option for America

Congressmen Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are today reaffirming their efforts to provide all Americans with health care that would allow access to the doctor of choice without premiums, co-pays or deductibles. Kucinich and Conyers, Jr., are the co-authors of H.R. 676, Medicare for All, which provides a blueprint for an effective, national single-payer system. Sanders is the author of S. 703, the American Health Security Act which also provides for a single-payer system.

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Dennis Kucinich is calling for “The Medicare Public Option” + Take Action

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Dennis Kucinich is demonstrating his leadership again by calling for “The Medicare Public Option”, the proposal to allow people under 65 to buy into Medicare, to be passed in reconciliation of the current health care bill.

Please step forward now yourself now to help Dennis get a new radio spot on the air IMMEDIATELY to advocate for this issue.

Though as originally introduced on the House floor, Representative Alan Grayson did not expressly ask that the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (HR4789) be passed immediately, in reconciliation of the current Senate health care bill, he has since suggested that he is interested in this, and there is already a movement growing to do exactly that.

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