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DNC votes down single payer… again. But the genie can’t be put back in the bottle.

Despite the fact that 81% of all Democrats support single payer, this past Saturday the full DNC Platform committee voted 92 to 66 against an amendment that would have added Medicare for All to the Democratic Party platform. Michael Lighty from National Nurses United proposed the amendment. “If this is controversial in this room,” he […]

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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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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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At the AFL-CIO Convention: Finish the Job!

Calling on the labor movement to “Finish the job! Make healthcare a human right!,” activists from the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Labor United for Universal Healthcare and the Campaign for Healthy California were all over last week’s AFL-CIO Convention. They distributed copies of the Open Letter to the AFL-CIO, signed by over 600 union leaders and activists and attended workshops and spoke from the convention floor.

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