An August 9, 2009, NYT defends the Massachusetts health financing system as not a “fiscal disaster” (merely a human travesty).
Report from the July 30 day of lobbying and rallying in support of Medicare for All, on the occasion of Medicare’s 44th birthday.
Today’s hybrid Medicare system, in which a quarter of beneficiaries are enrolled in private Medicare Advantage programs, provides a laboratory for testing the core assumption of the “public option” concept: that competition from a public plan can keep profit-driven insurers “honest.”
Offered without comment, recommended HCAN talk points from last winter for thank-you letters to Max Baucus.
Statement released this morning from the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is offering a symbolic amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee health reform markup, swapping single-payer for the bill’s hybrid public/private system. At least 10 progressives on the committee should support the amendment in preparation for future struggles.
While most of our eyes were on the House, Monday night the Senate HELP Committee voted 16-7 to approve handing pharma companies 12 years of marketing exclusivity for branded biologic agents. That’s a massive windfall.
A quick renunciation and self-flagellation.
The Senate and House HELP committees are fielding amendments to health reform language to allow states to enact individual single payer systems if they so choose. Citizen pressure is required to carry that language forward into final legislation, regardless of what else is in the bill.
July 30 is Medicare’s 44th birthday. Single-payer supporters will celebrate in Washington with a rally, a shout-out to John Conyers and HR 676, and a fan-out to lobby legislators.