Submitted by arlenegloria on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 12:35
June 24 Testimony of Quentin Young, M.D., to the House Ways and Means Committee
Mr. Chairman, members of the Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment on the proposal that has emerged from the three key House committees and to articulate the single-payer alternative. I am national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 16,000 American physicians who support single-payer national health insurance. Our organization represents the views of the majority of U.S. physicians, 59 percent of whom support national health insurance. Read more »
Uniquely American: PDA and HCAN, Single Payer and the Public Option
There’s at least one thing PDA and HCAN (Health Care for America Now) agree on: for-profit private insurers are at the root of our health care crisis.
Twenty thousand Americans lose their lives each year due to lack of access to care and an estimated $400 billion of our money is squandered on private insurance administrative costs annually. Our “uniquely American” tribute to big insurance brings with it lethal collateral damage.
This is, unfortunately, where the agreement ends.Read more »
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 11:21
April PDA-Chicago Meeting NOTES -- 4/13/09
¨ Motion passed to support call for hearings on the Illinois Reform Commission
recommendation. Bill Bianchi will write a letter to the Commission ¨ Number of PDA-Chicago voting members, 25 (?). ¨ Point Person recruitment. Four people signed up for point person
responsibilities in CD 2, 5, 4, and 7
Presentation on EFCA Larry Spivak, ASFCME
¨ Following Larry Spivak’s presentation on EFCA and Q and A,. approximately 15 letters were sent to Senators Durbin and BurrisRead more »
Submitted by arlenegloria on Mon, 10/05/2009 - 01:26
Tim Carpenter's statement below is: "One of the most serious calls to action I've ever heard from national PDA," says Bill Bianchi, PDA-Chicago chair, and state co-chair. PDA is a little over four years old, and PDA-Chicago approaches its third birthday this month.
From Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director
We all know our country’s healthcare system is broken and that Americans deserve much better. PDA was founded on the principle that healthcare is a right, and single-payer healthcare is one facet in the glittering jewel of justice, peace, and equality that our country could and should be.
Insurance companies are spending millions of dollars so they can maintain their profitable control over healthcare. Our elected officials from both parties put insurance industry profits ahead of the true will of the majority of Americans, buoyed by corporate media and engineered right-wing protests. We must turn this tide. Watch Donna Smith from the California Nurses Association on CBS, and listen to Peter B. Collins’ interviews with congressional candidate Marcy Winograd and CalNurses’ Michael Lighty on healthcare. Read more »
Submitted by arlenegloria on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 19:04
Dr. David Scheiner was President Obama's personal physician from 1987 until Obama went to the White House. Recently Dr. Scheiner was invited to an Obama press conference on health care, to appear as a surprise guest to ask the President about Single Payer Health Care (HR676).
CHICAGO - October 8 - Seven citizens and health care providers, fed up with the state of our health care and the health care debate, were arrested today at the downtown offices of Cigna Insurance. The sit-in is part of a national mobilization to end insurance abuse and build support for real reform - Medicare for All, a single-payer plan. The mobilization involves civil disobedience at insurance company offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and other cities. Almost 700 people have already signed up to risk arrest at a health insurance company office, joining one of the largest campaigns of nonviolent civil disobedience since the civil rights movement. Many of these events will occur Thursday, October 15 in a dozen cities across the country. Read more »