On the heels of a 39% rate hike on premiums, protesters took to the streets outside Anthem Blue Cross’ downtown Los Angeles office to voice their disapproval–as well as galvanize the Senate into finishing health care reform with a public option. For more information on this ongoing campaign, visit http://www.HealthCareforAmericaNow.org and http://www.BoldProgressives.org. This short documentary [...]
A bill to create single-payer healthcare in California has passed that state’s senate for the third time now. Californians just need to persuade a governor to sign it. Single-payer healthcare bills are advancing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and a growing list of states, including New Mexico, where State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, a long-time supporter of single-payer healthcare, is running for Lieutenant Governor.
Does the United States Constitution allow Congress to force people to purchase a product (health insurance) from a private corporation, and fine them or tax them if they refuse? The answer is a matter of debate, but there is little dispute that such an act of Congress would be unprecedented. Sheldon Laskin, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore Law School who has argued that the Constitution forbids such a move, describes the new and dangerous can of worms it would open up.
Twelve people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience in front of Blue Cross headquarters in downtown Los Angeles earlier this week. One of the organizers, Sam Pullen, 31, refused to give information to police, vowing to stay in jail until Blue Cross stops denying care to those who need it most. The demonstration [...]
The Democrats in Congress, and their main man Barack Obama in the White House, have taken tens of millions in legal bribes from the health insurance industry over the past year, and have obligingly been hammering out in Congress a health “reform” bill that, instead of helping people, has been designed to help the insurance industry.
Thirty U.S. Senators signed a letter today urging the inclusion of a public option in any health reform legislation that will be considered on the Senate floor. An additional 14 Senators at least have expressed support for the public option through a resolution, letter, or by voting for a strong public option during committee markups.
On Oct 1, House Minority Leader John Boehner told reporters, “I’m still trying to find the first American to talk to who’s in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration… I’ve not talked to one, and I get to a lot of places and I’ve not had anyone [...]
Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus’ statement in the markup meeting before he voted against the Rockefeller amendment to add public option to the healthcare bill. Tweet