Ralph Nader Radio: General Motors, Obamacare, Missile Defense and Lou Gehrig

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 20, 2014

In this inaugural episode of the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Ralph talks about his old nemesis, General Motors, once again getting called on the carpet. How conservatives and liberals should come together to raise the minimum wage. Whether young people should sign up for Obamacare. The situation in Ukraine. Missile defense. And whether the Yankees’ Derek Jeter is a worthy successor to his boyhood hero, Lou Gehrig.

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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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Ralph Nader: McCarthyism Made Us Veer Away From a Systemic Doctrine for Change

Dear Capitalism...

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 18, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says McCarthy’s reign of terror made people seek more empirical change, we went after auto companies – no “ism” there.  Continue reading

21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare by Ralph Nader

Medicare for All

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
November 21, 2013

Dear America:

Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into Medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards!

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Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers: The Path of Positive Resistance + Flash Mob: Ode To Joy

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Dr Margaret Flowers

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Between them, doctors Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers have been arrested nine times. In the face of injustice in America, rather than look the other way and stick to practicing medicine, they decided to do something about it.

Stein and Flowers serve as president and secretary of health, respectively, for the Green Shadow Cabinet, a new organization formed to speak out against dysfunctional government and offer alternative policies. Each fights against political corruption and a host of grievances that that have led many people to cynicism and despair. […]

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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?

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Yves Smith and Dean Baker: The Top Secret Trade Deal You Need to Know About (#TPP)

Stop the TPP

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Moyers & Company
Nov. 1, 2013
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Inequality and Poverty America Style–In Richness and in Health by Graham Peebles

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by Graham Peebles
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
London
December 7, 2012

Irrespective of ones circumstances or stage of life, illness is never welcome, in America if you’re poor it can prove to be a total catastrophe, ending often in personal bankruptcy. “According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60% of the personal bankruptcies in the United States“[i]. Health care insurance an unaffordable luxury, for the 15% or 50 million people now living in ‘official’ poverty in America, anxiously relying on good luck and a poor diet to keep sickness at a bay.

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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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When you f*ck around with God’s country, you pay a price! by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.killinghope.org
July 3, 2012

Free Julian Assange - Free Bradley Manning - Support Wikileaks

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The Anti-Empire Report

Julian Assange

I’m sure most Americans are mighty proud of the fact that Julian Assange is so frightened of falling into the custody of the United States that he had to seek sanctuary in the embassy of Ecuador, a tiny and poor Third World country, without any way of knowing how it would turn out. He might be forced to be there for years. Continue reading

The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges (repost)

Reposting in case you missed it.

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

The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges

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

Single-payer rally

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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 Health Care: True Stories by Michael Parenti

by Michael Parenti
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
2 March 2012

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I recently wrote an article about my personal experiences in dealing with the medical system while undergoing surgery (“Free Market Medicine: A Personal Account“). In response, a number of readers sent me accounts of their own experiences trying to get well in America.

Health care in this country is hailed by conservative boosters as “the best medical system in the world.” It certainly is the most expensive, most profitable, and most complicated system in the world, leaving millions of Americans in shock. Continue reading

Follow the Bills by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 1, 2012

Looking at millions of individual bills that makeup the 2.7 trillion dollars of annual health care costs opens a gigantic window on the massive waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and sometimes criminal over-billing.

Here is a partial example of what I mean, in the words of Philip M. Boffey, the estimable science writer for the New York Times:

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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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