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 Joe Manchin (D)  @Sen_JoeManchin
 Jay Rockefeller (D)  @SenRockefeller
 Shelley Capito (R-02)  @RepShelley
 David McKinley (R-01)  @RepMcKinley
 Nick Rahall (D-03)

Healthcare Human Rights Articles

  • Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Healthcare Law
    Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Healthcare Law

    A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states. The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month’s Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.

    Written on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:01 Read more...
  • Demand for Care Shows Access Problems that Single-Payer Could Solve
    Demand for Care Shows Access Problems that Single-Payer Could Solve

    At my local Kaiser facility today, the pharmacy was bursting at the seams with patients and others waiting for pharmacy services.  Children with runny noses clinging to their mothers' legs were fussing, and others were being checked in by a Kaiser employee trying to help manage traffic flow.

    Written on Monday, 12 May 2014 12:58 Read more...
  • As Medical Claim Denials Increase, Be Prepared to Be a Squeaky Wheel
    As Medical Claim Denials Increase, Be Prepared to Be a Squeaky Wheel

    The good news from last week was that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare-created exchanges. The not so good news is that because most of us have to buy coverage from a private insurer, we will always have to be vigilant to make sure our medical claims get paid and that an insurance bureaucrat miles from where we live doesn't succeed in denying coverage for medically necessary care.

    Written on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:36 Read more...
  • ACA Update: Are Insurance Companies Ill-Equipped for ‘Obamacare’ Roll-Out?
    ACA Update: Are Insurance Companies Ill-Equipped for ‘Obamacare’ Roll-Out?

    Since October 2013, Americans have been enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Healthcare.gov or through insurance agents and brokers. With only a few weeks to go before the March 31, 2014 ACA enrollment deadline, the US Department of Health and Human Services has reported that more than 5 million Americans have enrolled for health insurance through the state-based exchanges.

    Written on Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:41 Read more...
  • Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care
    Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care
    Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday.
    Written on Friday, 14 March 2014 15:38 Read more...
  • International Experts Tell Senators That Single-Payer Improves National Health at Less Cost
    International Experts Tell Senators That Single-Payer Improves National Health at Less Cost Here are two basic facts to remember about the health care system in the United States. First, there is the high cost, as noted in a 2012 report on PBS:
    Written on Thursday, 13 March 2014 19:54 Read more...
  • Healthcare: A right or a privilege?
    Healthcare: A right or a privilege?

    Dr. Conrad Flick, noted North Carolina family physician, recently appeared on a panel discussion on healthcare conducted by the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. During that forum Dr. Flick raised a nagging question.

    Written on Thursday, 30 January 2014 23:21 Read more...
  • Hundreds Turn Out for Georgia’s Moral Monday
    Hundreds Turn Out for Georgia’s Moral Monday

    Hundreds of Moral Monday demonstrators gathered on the steps of the Capitol this week to protest Governor Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 400,000 people in Georgia will be denied Medicaid coverage by state leaders.

    “Healthcare and access to healthcare—preventative services as well as treatment—is a civil right, a human right, and a moral right,” Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society and a physician at Grady Hospital, said to WABE 90.1 FM.

    Written on Friday, 17 January 2014 00:08 Read more...
  • Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs, according to NNU and IHSP
    Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs, according to NNU and IHSP

    With growing national attention to hospital pricing practices, new data released by the nation's largest nurses organization today showed that hospital charges continue to skyrocket with some U.S. hospitals charging more than ten times their cost – nearly $1,200 for every $100 of their total costs.

    Written on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 02:02 Read more...
  • The Obamacare We Deserve
    The Obamacare We Deserve

    TODAY marks the beginning of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s new insurance exchanges, for which two million Americans have signed up. Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.

    Written on Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:18 Read more...
  • Op-Ed: Our Profit-Centered Private Medical Industry Is Cutting Back on Hospital Care
    Op-Ed: Our Profit-Centered Private Medical Industry Is Cutting Back on Hospital Care

    With all the clamor over the website woes of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act finally ebbing, let's hope the media can begin to notice some changes in the delivery of health care that will have more far-reaching consequences for health care quality and access long after the sign-up problems are a distant memory.

    Written on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 17:59 Read more...
  • PDA and Labor Come Together in New York for HR 676
    PDA and Labor Come Together in New York for HR 676

    A truly historic meeting took place in New York City at a Labor Breakfast on December 6th, co-hosted by the Progressive Democrats of America and the New York City Central Labor Council in celebration of the endorsement of HR 676 - Expanded and Improved Medicare For All by the NYC CLC last May.

    Written on Sunday, 08 December 2013 20:39 Read more...
  • Progressives at Birmingham rally say Gov. Bentley's refusal to expand Medicaid in Alabama harms poor, uninsured
    Progressives at Birmingham rally say Gov. Bentley's refusal to expand Medicaid in Alabama harms poor, uninsured

    Alabama - About 70 people braved the frigid weather Saturday afternoon to rally in a Birmingham park against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's adamant refusal to expand Medicaid in the state. During the demonstration at Kelly Ingram Park, several speakers - progressive activists, aspiring politicians and concerned Alabamians - railed against the governor's decisions.

    Written on Sunday, 08 December 2013 16:34 Read more...
  • Health Economists Ignore Working Class Realities
    Health Economists Ignore Working Class Realities

    Ah, the Affordable Care Act. We’ve all been inundated with the stories about the rocky launch of Obamacare's Healthcare.gov website, the policy cancellations that drop people from coverage rather than meet minimum standards required by the ACA, and other issues like the one I have faced with a deeply flawed subsidy/tax credit application process that required a lengthy and intrusive Medicaid application.

    Some of these issues were predictable and preventable; others were not.

    Written on Saturday, 16 November 2013 02:57 Read more...
  • Flood of Support Will Close Flood Damage Period, On to Single-Payer
    Flood of Support Will Close Flood Damage Period, On to Single-Payer

    Colorado's Affordable Care Act/Obamacare exchange/marketplace website went on-line October 1, so I was anxious to find relief from the high premiums and also to find coverage that might actually fit my needs better as I enter a period for more diagnostics and potential treatments.  Well, that was not to be.

    Written on Saturday, 09 November 2013 01:12 Read more...
  • Health Care Hypocrisy
    Health Care Hypocrisy

    And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show.

    Written on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:41 Read more...
  • On the Eve of Obamacare: Too Smart to Really Fix Our Health Care System, So We Count the Dead
    On the Eve of Obamacare: Too Smart to Really Fix Our Health Care System, So We Count the Dead

    Way too many times I've landed myself in rooms with lots of intellectuals who know everything there is to know about single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life and who are determined to share every bit of that knowledge over and over again. The audiences are often pretty much the same single-payer activists and advocates sprinkled with a new person or two. Often these audiences are predominantly white, older, and not hurting for money. 

    Written on Monday, 30 September 2013 23:50 Read more...
  • Marching Toward a Fitting End Game: First Broke, Then Dead
    Marching Toward a Fitting End Game: First Broke, Then Dead

    We drove to Colorado Springs yesterday to start work on a new chapter of Health Care for All Colorado. HCAC is working to achieve health care reform under an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system. In order to achieve that goal, we must build grassroots support and capacity for political action. It is good to see the organization reaching out.

    Written on Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:00 Read more...
  • Weaponized Profits: The US Health Care System
    Weaponized Profits: The US Health Care System

    Many people who advocate for an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life health system in the US tend to vilify the for-profit, private insurance industry and big Pharma but ignore the atrocities committed by almost every other segment of the system. If we are to fix what ails the US health care system, we will have to get a whole lot more honest about all of the factions that lift profit-making above all else when engaging in the delivery of health care services.

    Written on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 02:49 Read more...
  • Medical Debt: A Curable Affliction Health Reform Won’t Fix
    Medical Debt: A Curable Affliction Health Reform Won’t Fix

    Millions of Americans are deep in medical debt. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will throw a lifeline to very few. According to the Congressional Budget Office, even after health reform is fully implemented in 2014, 30 million to 36 million people will remain uninsured.

    Written on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:41 Read more...

Healthcare for All Activity

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**CA most active state movement. Legislation pending strategic decision.
Red Refused Medicaid Expansion
Green Expanding Medicaid - opportunity for S-P movement growth

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