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Single Payer in Seven Minutes!

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PNHP’s Dr. Robert Zarr has produced an engaging 7 minute film about the reasons for a single payer (EINO Everybody In Nobody Out) health plan for the US. The film called “CureALL” is directed by Kaylen Larson, an undergraduate student from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who interned with him in the fall.

For profit insurers don't do their job…yet again.

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So what was it that we are paying insurers for? Processing claims, the wrong way at least one out of five times..? (see article below in the San Francisco Chronicle). And what is it we’re paying our legislators for? Locking us in a system which mandates us to purchase for-profit insurers’ products? (this is exactly […]

Public insurance (and NOT public "option") the best model for India

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‘The US model of private health insurers is inefficient, expensive’ Nov 26, 2010, 12.00am IST Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize-winning economist has written several articles on the inequity in access to health and the flaws in the drug discovery process of pharmaceutical companies. On a recent visit to Delhi, Stiglitz spoke to Rema Nagarajan about […]

From "consumer-driven" health care to "consumer-driven" fire department.


While “consumer-driven fire department” sounds decidedly weird, for some reason some have been brainwashed to believe that “consumer-driven health care” makes sense. But it does not. It makes no more sense to let people’s house burn down because they cannot pay their fire-department fees — maybe they chose the wrong “plan”? or a plan with […]

If it smells a rat…or "why does the public distrust the new federal health insurance law"?

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This is in essence Trudy Liberman’s message: “If it looks like a rat, walks like a rat, and smells like a rat…it is likely a rat!” And this is the problem with those who puzzle about the response of ordinary Americans to the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA), recently signed into law. Those […]

The Problem with Band-Aid Approaches to Critical Social Needs: Health Care in California

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Even as several states are challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed federal health care legislation, PPACA, and odd situation is emerging in those states  where those challenges are less immediate or imminent. As reported by California Healthline, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed and vetoed several health care-related bills, not to challenge the federal health […]

Six-Month Anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Time to celebrate? Not Yet.


So today California Healthline reported the “good news” about health reform U.S. style, joining in the celebratory mood with the New York Times, which announced that “For Many, Health Care Relief Begins Today”, because, as California Healthline noted: Insurers are no longer permitted to rescind coverage for technical mistakes made on patient applications Lifetime monetary […]

Letters on health care reform that the New York Times won't publish (and maybe it should).

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Ok. Maybe not publish, but, can they at least not address the issues brought up by my letter in their numerous articles on health care? After all, they have many well-paid reporters (David Leonhardt comes to mind) reporting on this topic, analyzing the new federal health care law, and telling us what to expect from […]

Number of uninsured skyrockets 4.3 million to record 50.7 million in 2009 Big leap points to urgency of enacting single-payer Medicare for all: national doctors' group

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So the latest Census has “revelaled” what was really not hard to suspect: the number of Americans living in poverty, including children, has risen to unprecedented levels (even as the richest keep getting richer), and the rates of uninsured (not to mention the “elephant in the room”, the underinsured) have reached unprecedented levels as well. […]

Saving Medicare

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Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sunday August 8, 2010 As Medicare celebrated its 45th anniversary July 30, the White House sent its present: a Deficit Commission, composed by some of the very folks who were unable, or unwilling, to see the $8 trillion housing bubble that brought the financial system to a halt. Nope. […]