Stephen Hawkings Speaks Out on How Privatization and Cuts Hurt the NHS

Stephen Hawkings Speaks Out on How Privatization and Cuts Hurt the NHS
By Denis Campbell for The Guardian. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS Physicist criticises ministers over funding cuts, privatisation and pay caps before address revealing his reliance on health service “The NHS saved me. As a scientist, I must help to save it.” Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, ...

Senator who Arrested Single Payer Supporters, Now Supports It

Senator who Arrested Single Payer Supporters, Now Supports It
By Daniel Marans for Huffington Post. Above photo: The Baucus 8 (minus Katie Robbins) with their lawyers after a court hearing for their arrests ordered by Senator Max Baucus. Key Obamacare Architect Who Shunned Single-Payer Now Backs It. Max Baucus’ comments show how far the debate has shifted. Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), a fiscal ...

Everybody Wins With Single Payer 1

Everybody Wins With Single Payer
By Berry Craig for the Kentucky AFL-CIO. EDITOR’S NOTE: More than 600 labor organizations, including the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, have endorsed HR 676.  AFT Local 1360 Kay Tillow answers naysayer to single-payer health care by pointing to polls and citing history. Several public opinion surveys show growing support for a single payer system, according to Tillow, who heads ...

Senate Debates Billions for Insurers while Public Demands Medicare for All 1

Senate Debates Billions for Insurers while Public Demands Medicare for All
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Health Over Profit for Everyone. Billions More for Crony Capitalist Insurance or Improved Medicare for All This week we attended a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee where there was broad bi-partisan support for giving billions more to the insurance industry to “stabilize ...

Centrist Democrat: Maybe we should look at single payer

Centrist Democrat: Maybe we should look at single payer
By Rachel Roubein for The Hill. Photo by Greg Nash. Sen Jon. Tester (D-Mont.) on Wednesday said Congress should perhaps take a “solid look” at a single-payer health care system. Tester’s comments during a bipartisan hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee come at a time when more Democrats are getting on ...

Physicians see positives in single-payer insurance plan

Physicians see positives in single-payer insurance plan
By Jeannie Naujeck for the Tennessee Ledger. Above photo from DoctorsCouncil.org. One big stakeholder in the debate over single-payer health coverage is physicians. Opponents of a single-payer system argue physicians would be paid less under a government-paid health plan and leave the profession. But a recent poll by physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins shows 56 ...

Medicare for all is the only health care proposal that meets Trump’s standards

Medicare for all is the only health care proposal that meets Trump's standards
By Dr. Carol Paris for USA Today. The Senate’s chaotic attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act prove that Republicans who campaigned for years against the ACA never had a plan to replace it. In the meantime, Americans’ support for a comprehensive national health plangrows even stronger. As a physician and longtime advocate for Medicare for all, I’m ...

Physicians to Sanders: We cannot support barriers to health care

Physicians to Sanders: We cannot support barriers to health care
August 23, 2017 Dear Senator Sanders: We are writing to express our concern about elements of your draft single payer legislation, especially the inclusion of copayments for medically-necessary care. While your staff has not shared with us the details of the current draft, we understand from colleagues in other single-payer advocacy groups that it mandates ...

To Sen. Sanders: We cannot begin from a position of compromise

To Sen. Sanders: We cannot begin from a position of compromise
By Margaret Flowers for Health Over Profit for Everyone.. At the start of the August congressional recess, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he will introduce a senate bill this September “to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.” Since the election, the movement for improved Medicare for all, has been urging Sanders to introduce a companion to John ...

Single-Payer Fight Fuels Primary Challengers Against Establishment Democrats

Single-Payer Fight Fuels Primary Challengers Against Establishment Democrats
By Michael Corcoran for TruthOut.  Image by Lauren Walker of TruthOut. It has been just over a year since the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee held a vote over whether the party should endorse a single-payer, Medicare for All health care system. The committee predictably declined to put it in the platform by a 7-6 vote. The seven no ...