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Massachusetts healthcare reform is failing us

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Originally published in the Boston Globe. Massachusetts has been lauded for its healthcare reform, but the program is a failure. Created solely to achieve universal insurance coverage, the plan does not even begin to address the other essential components of a successful healthcare system. What would such a system provide? The prestigious Institute of Medicine, […]

(The following aired as a commentary on Northeast Public Radio and was also distributed via email by the Unions for Single Payer Healthcare.) COBRA is a law that allows you to keep your employer-sponsored health insurance for 18 months if you lose or change jobs. To do so, you have to pay 102% of the […]

Originally posted on WBUR Two recent news stories highlight how the hidden flow of government health dollars provides cover for public officials who slash funding for the poor while idly watching as wealthy private institutions drain the public treasury. Faced with a mounting budget crisis, our leaders have cut hundreds of millions from Medicaid, and […]

More than 4.1 million people lost their jobs in the last year. One year ago the unemployment rate was 4.8%. The other day we learned that job loss accelerated. As the unemployment rate hit 7.6%, no hope could be extended that the trend might reverse. The relationship between losing a job and, with it, our […]

Today, Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, called on President Barack Obama to nominate Dr. Marcia Angell or Dr. David Satcher to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Angell is a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. […]

Daschle withdraws his nomination

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This afternoon Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, made the following statement: It’s entirely heartening to fight for a just cause and, with remarkable speed, win. Yesterday, I and others called for Tom Daschle’s nomination to the position of Health and Human Services secretary to be withdrawn, given his […]

Today, Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, sent the following open letter to the president: Dear President Obama, The recent revelations of former Sen. Tom Daschle’s direct financial ties to the powerful insurance and pharmaceutical industries fighting health reform are alarming. His nomination to head the Health and Human […]

Are they listening?

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Originally published in the Berkshire Eagle As Tom Daschle, President-elect Obama’s choice for secretary of health and human services, flies across the country to attend community meetings on health care reform, and the Obama Web site solicits opinions and health care stories from citizens, those of us who support a single-payer national health insurance program […]

The Doctor’s Door

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“The Doctor’s Door” by Michael Merenda. Work in progress – unfinished and not released. Performed by Mike and Ruthy. The Doctor’s Door The Doctor’s Door by Michael Merenda In my youth I traveled Over land and sea I fell in love with a farmer’s daughter And she fell in love with me Before long we’d […]

Cui bono?

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The Los Angeles Times today quotes one of the founders of the Herndon Alliance: “There is a growing understanding that you have to give people choice and you can’t take away what they have,” said Ron Pollack, head of Families USA, an influential advocacy group for healthcare consumers that is working with a diverse collection […]

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