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ACA Briefing Paper: Turning Chevys Into Cadillacs: The ACA Excise Tax and the Future of Healthcare Bargaining

Beginning in 2018, the so-called “Cadillac Tax”—a 40% excise tax on all health insurance plan costs in excess of certain limits–will take effect. This tax has the potential to turn every contract negotiation into a war zone. This briefing paper will help answer the following questions: What is the excise tax? Why do they call […]

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NY State Assembly Passes Single Payer Bill!

On May 27 the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly passed the “New York Health Act” (A. 5062). The bill would eliminate private health insurance and cover all New Yorkers in a publicly financed universal plan with no patient premiums, deductibles or co-payments. Implementation would require several waivers from the federal government. “New Yorkers deserve better,” […]

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Now is the Time for Green Mountain Care

An Open Letter to Governor Shumlin and the Vermont Legislature from National Advocates for Universal, Publicly Financed Healthcare In 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed and Governor Shumlin signed into law Act 48, which provided the roadmap for the creation and implementation of a universal, publicly financed healthcare system, Green Mountain Care. The national healthcare justice […]

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Back to the basics, folks — Single-payer reform means $$ for you and me

By Larry Smith, American SiCKO Single-payer health care reform (some call it improved and expanded Medicare for all for life) isn’t just good for those folks under 65 who aren’t yet on Medicare.  Single-payer financing for our health care system isn’t just good for public budgets and business bottom lines.  Single-payer health care reform would […]

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Tough News Out of Vermont

On December 17, Vermont Governor Shumlin announced that he was suspending his efforts to implement Green Mountain Care (Act 48), the 2011 law that makes healthcare a right for every Vermonter. He had been scheduled to submit a financing proposal and plan design to the state legislature when it convenes in January. The final plan […]

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2014 National Strategy Conference Outcomes

The Labor Campaign for Single Payer held its largest ever strategy conference August 22-24 in Oakland, CA. Over 300 attendees packed the joint session at the historic ILWU Local 6 Hall, which was co-sponsored by Healthcare-NOW! and One-Payer States. And California labor was in the house with 88 delegates and messages of support from the Bay Area Labor Councils and leaders of CNA, CSEA, CFT, CTA, ILWU and NUHW.

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ACA Briefing Paper: 10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare

10 Things Unions Need to Look Out for When Bargaining Under Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the law of the land since 2010. Although its key Medicaid provision has been significantly weakened by the 2013 Supreme Court decision and it remains a target for attract and disruption by the right wing, it is clearly here to stay. The ACA is a very complex piece of legislation with a number of moving parts. (download our briefing paper)

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Please Sign the Open Letter to the AFL-CIO

As the AFL-CIO prepares for its quadrennial convention September 8-11 in Los Angeles, a number of unions have gone public to expose the new stresses that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) places on their ability to negotiate decent healthcare for their members and retirees. This is particularly true for union-supported Taft Hartley Funds, long the healthcare gold standard for working Americans.

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