The Punk Patriot: Insurance Companies Pass Landmark Bill!

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November 24, 2009

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Kucinich Raises Questions about Stand Alone Vote on National Single Payer + No Bill is Better Than a Bad Bill

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Nov 5, 2009

Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), co-author of HR 676 with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), today made the following statement about the House health care plan:

“The Book of Ecclesiastes says ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven… a time to plant, a time to reap.’

“Many years ago, people in states across America planted the seeds of single payer health care. Those seeds have sprouted and borne fruit where powerful state citizens’ movements exist to create not-for-profit health care. This led to passage of an amendment to the Health Care bill which protected the rights of states to pursue single payer. Unfortunately that amendment was taken out of the bill, and we must try to get it into the conference report.

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Action Alert: Weiner Amendment Back On + David Swanson: We are being played for suckers!

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From an email from HealthJustice
Nov. 4, 2009

Greetings!

Breaking news from PNHP.  The Weiner amendment ‘could’ come to a floor vote on Friday or Saturday with maybe a 20 minute debate allowed.  Your calls and faxes were instrumental in making this happen.

Now is the time to push hard on your congressperson to vote for the Weiner amendment.  Even if it fails, it is very important to show that it has support.  If the entire health reform bill fails, as it very well may, then Medicare For All has a real shot at enactment when Congress realizes it MUST address health care.

So send this fax right now to your Congressperson.

You can also send a fax with your own words by clicking here.

There are numerous other faxes that support the Medicare For All idea.  Take your pick.

Then call your Congressperson.  You can get the phone number here. And call the Congressional bigwigs also.  Here are the numbers:

Call Speaker Pelosi: (202) 225-4965
Call Bill Floor Manager Rep. George Miller: (202) 225-2095
Call Bill Floor Manager Rep. Henry Waxman: (202) 225-3976

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This Week’s Healthcare Votes Do Not Mean What We’re Told

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Kucinich: Protect Rights of Consumers Free From the Economic Death Grip of Insurance Companies!

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November 03, 2009

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Kucinich Continues Fight to Restore State Single Payer Amendment

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What Physicians Know by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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Nov. 1, 2009

I had a long conversation with my favorite physician, who has operated on me twice successfully.  He is an incredibly kind person without an ounce of greed or pretense.  Like other physicians I have spoken to, he spoke eloquently about the terrible times he consistently has with private health insurance companies.

While he praises Medicare for its simplicity and certainty, he has absolutely nothing positive to say about private insurers.  They take up huge amounts of time of him and his staff, trying in every possible way to deny services to their customers (his patients) and also to pay as little as possible to him.  His endless struggles with the insurance companies make his life miserable.  Meanwhile all he cares about is giving his patients the very best care and not making them suffer because of their insurance carriers.

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Dennis Kucinich: Restore State Single Payer

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electdennis
October 30, 2009

Congressman Kucinich stated that he is fighting to get single-payer back into the health care reform bill. Several members of Congress have signed a letter to House Speaker Pelosi requesting that the Kucinich Amendment be restored to the bill.

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Dennis Kucinich: Government of the people or a government of the corporations? + Action Alert

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Oct 29, 2009

Kucinich on New Health Care Bill: ‘Is This the Best We Can Do?’

Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the latest House health care plan:

“Is this the best we can do? Forcing people to buy private health insurance, guaranteeing at least $50 billion in new business for the insurance companies? Continue reading

Healthcare Roundtable: With Exclusion of Single Payer, What Opportunities Remain for Meaningful Reform?

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 29, 2009

Healthcare Roundtable: With Exclusion of Single Payer, What Opportunities Remain for Meaningful Reform?

While much of the healthcare debate in Washington and the media has focused on the proposal to create a government-run insurance program, the legislation being considered includes many other provisions that could change how healthcare is delivered in this country. We host a roundtable with three guests who have been closely following the debate: Lois Uttley, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need; Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at Community Service Society of New York; and Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. [includes rush transcript]

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C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: Dennis Kucinich answers questions on Afghanistan, Health Care, and the Economy

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kucinich.us
Oct. 25, 2009

Congressman Kucinich appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, addressing major issues facing our Nation. Dennis addresses the need to get out of the War, Health Care as a Civil Right, the necessity for national leadership to provide structured economic solutions regarding jobs, a national policy for the steel, automobile and aerospace industries, placing the Federal Reserve Board under the Treasury and Green Programs for environmental preservation, jobs and economic growth.

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Michael Moore’s Action Plan – 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

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by Michael Moore
ICH
MichaelMoore.com
Oct. 22, 2009

Build a Peace Economy!

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You’ve Seen the Movie — Now It’s Time to ACT!

Friends,

It’s the #1 question I’m constantly asked after people see my movie: “OK — so NOW what can I DO?!”

You want something to do? Well, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Cause I got 15 things you and I can do right now to fight back and try to fix this very broken system. Continue reading

Anthony Weiner Discusses Health Reform on CSPAN’s Washington Journal

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October 22, 2009

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Lizzie West & Baba Buffalo: Call Your Senators

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Lizzie West – Topic
October 22, 2009

Lizzie & Baba performing their song, “Call Your Senators” at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, NY and in the Colorado Rockies.

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Why We Desperately Need Health Care for All – Now by Dennis Kucinich

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by Dennis Kucinich
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

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Dear Friends,

More about why we desperately need health care for all:

This past weekend I visited a festival at a church in a working class area of my district. These events are opportunities for people from the community to gather, to eat ethnic foods, listen to music and enjoy each other’s company; before the brisk, brooding Cleveland winter begins to set in. When I walked through the doors, I felt as though I had stepped back in time, to when I was a child growing up in the inner city of Cleveland where I witnessed people struggling every day to make ends meet. From this early experience I have learned to recognize poverty, the clothes it wears and the physical appearance it presents.

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Raw Video: Arrests Made at NYC Insurance Protest

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AssociatedPress
October 15, 2009

New York police arrested several people during an insurance protest at the headquarters of UnitedHealth Group Thursday. Protestors carried signs and chanted ‘patients, not profits, medicare for all.’ (Oct. 15)

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Bill Moyers Journal: A New Direction for America with Mark Danner + Santa Ana Health Crusade

Snowe Job? Insider Says Senator Is “Disingenuous Or Naive” by Greg Palast

Health care Rx from my socialist fire department by Greg Palast

CBO Report On Medical Malpractice Flawed by Ralph Nader + Nader on the Federal Reserve

Pay the Mob or go to Jail By Nikki Alexander + Larry Kalb on Healthcare Reform

Health care Rx from my socialist fire department by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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crossposted on t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed
Thursday 15 October 2009

Tell me where it hurts, Mr. President.

What’s killing you, Barack, is what’s killing us all: an evil germ called “Medical Loss Ratio.”

“Medical Loss Ratio” [MLR] is the fancy term used by health insurance companies for their slice, their take-out, their pound of flesh, their gross – very gross – profit.

The “MLR” is the difference between what you pay an insurance company and what that insurer pays out to doctors, hospitals and pharmacists for your medical care. Continue reading