06 Mar 2015

Health care law did not end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

In 2010 the giant health insurance company WellPoint created an algorithm that searched its database, located breast cancer patients, and targeted them for cancellation of their policies. A few years earlier Michael Moore’s stunning documentary, “Sicko,” showed an unending list of illnesses that had been used by insurers to refuse

16 Feb 2015

Jackson Tennessee Central Labor Council Supports HR 676

On January 5, 2015, the Jackson Central Labor Council meeting in regular session “voted unanimously to endorse and support HR 676, the National Single Payer Legislation,” reports Joe Coleman, President of the CLC.  Art Sutherland III, MD, of Physicians for a National Health Program and Terry Hash of PAX Christi

26 Dec 2014

Health Insurance workers. We’ve Got Your Back!

It’s just a matter of time until Humana, Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare—all the private health insurers—will no longer exist as health insurance companies. People will organize in vast numbers to demand universal care changing what is politically possible.  Our nation will move forward, like the rest of the industrialized world,

12 Dec 2014

Nashville Aero Lodge 735, IAMAW, Endorses HR 676, Single Payer Healthcare

Mike Worrell, Recording Secretary of Aero Lodge 735, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, in Nashville, Tennessee, reports that his union has endorsed HR 676, national single payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers.  HR 676, known as Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, has 63 co-sponsors

18 Aug 2014

Unions Can Lead the Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care

Despite passage of the 2010 health care reform bill, employers continue to push for cuts in benefits and to shift costs to workers in higher monthly payments, co-pays, and deductibles. Wage increases are always trumped by this costly health care monster. Some employers, in anticipation of the $2,000 annual fine

01 Aug 2014

Happy 49th Medicare, Improve It, Expand It to All, HR 676

Louisville Celebrated Medicare’s Birthday Lighting Up the Night from the Big Four Bridge Thousands attending a riverside concert on July 30, 2014, saw the message curving across the city skyline.  Louisville joined dozens of cities in celebration of our nation’s best health program. We must protect Medicare for it has

07 Feb 2014

Vicco, Ky, Stays in Spotlight, Endorses Single Payer, HR 676

After 22 years in the coal mines, Jimmy Slone is still working—now as a City Commissioner for Vicco, Kentucky. His black lung disease does not stop him from getting up in the middle of the night to assure that the city’s water system is safe. He and his fellow commissioners

22 Jan 2014

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 25, 1966   Yet 48 years after Dr. King spoke those words, our country still suffers over 83,000 excess deaths each year among African Americans–deaths that would not happen

06 Jan 2014

Discretionary Deeming: How One Town Got Improved Medicare

Buried deep in the health reform law is Section 10323. It amends the Social Security Act to extend Medicare coverage to individuals exposed to environmental health hazards in the region defined by the Emergency Declaration of June 17, 2009. That declaration limits this benefit to the area around Libby, Montana.

21 May 2013

Some unions protest Obamacare’s impact on Multiemployer Health Plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, also known as Obamacare, presents challenges to the multiemployer plans through which some unions bargain collectively to provide health care insurance for their members.  These plans, often called Taft Hartley Plans, currently cover about 26 million workers, families, and retirees.  Unless there is