The state Assembly approved on Wednesday evening a bill that would create a single-payer health system in New York.

The bill passed 89-47.

As my colleague Claire Hughes reported this morning, the vote is the first to occur on the proposal, which Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried has introduced annually for years, since 1992.

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Liz Nikazmerad is a rarity in American labor: a local union president under the age of 30, displaying both youth and militancy. For the last two year years, she has led the 180-member Local 203 of the United Electrical Workers (UE), while working in the produce department of City Market in Burlington, Vermont. Thanks to their contract bargaining, full-time and part-time employees of this bustling community-owned food cooperative currently enjoy good medical benefits.

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It's time for universal health care in the US.

More than 100 economic professors from across our country have signed on to a letter, calling for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and that state's legislature to enact universal health care in the Green Mountain State.

Vermont has had plans to implement a universal health care system in that state for some time now, but Gov. Shumlin put those plans on hold late last year, after concerns came up over how the system would be paid for.

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My daughter, Kate, was born at Johns Hopkins hospital in 1994.  I had a private room for three days.  Most mothers are sent home after a day, even if the baby is required to remain in the hospital.  Kate was low birth weight, and a bit jaundiced.  The doctors wanted to keep here there, so they found a way to keep me there.  It cost me something like $27.  For everything, all the pre-natal care, labor and delivery.  Everything.  My husband was in the army and his benefits covered all of it.  I don’t recall even filling out any forms.

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Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

America's New Single-Payer Majority

The Republican-led House of Representatives just unsuccessfully attempted to undo the Affordable Care Act for the 56th time. While it's been well established that repealing Obamacare without a plausible replacement would leave tens of millions of people uninsured and worsen our deficits by accelerating the growth in healthcare costs, it's also important to note that this continued GOP crusade to get government out of health care runs directly counter to the stated will of the majority of Americans.
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Joel Segal's Real World Comment On:  “The Long Term/Home Care Crisis In America: Why We Need Expanded And Improved Medicare For All, HR 676, And One Unified Populist Movement To Pass the Bill”

*(Authors Note: In my last article, I did not clarify that my Congressional Insurance Plan Co-Pays Are $800 Per Month For The Next 6 Months; not $800 per year. :)   

Today, my 84 year old wonderful mother was released from the Tamarac Rehabilitation Center in Sunrise, Florida after undergoing double bi-pass heart surgery. She is lucky to be alive: 99% of her arteries were blocked.

But, what is both shocking and immoral, is that her Medicare HMO will only cover two nursing visits per week, even though she needs emergency assistance every day, right now, with walking, cooking, bathing, eating and cleaning. I am very blessed and fortunate to be able to take of my mother for a few weeks, because I have a job that allows me to work at her home for a period of time via computer.

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Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

A View of Healthcare from Room K 631

Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore is one of the largest hospitals and medical teaching institutions in the country and closely associated with the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine - a city within a city with a staff of over 20,000 and a hospital bed capacity of nearly 2,000. "Monte" also has additional facilities in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon in Westchester County, while its main facility continues to expand, setting up medical offices and growing like topsy throughout the Bronx, all run by its staff. These ever-expanding medical complexes are a disturbing new trend throughout our country and are adversely affecting private practice doctors and the communities they serve.

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The Arizona Supreme Court reinstated a lawsuit on Wednesday that could strip health care away from 300,000 low-income Arizonians should it ultimately prevail. Though it should be noted that Wednesday’s decision dealt entirely with a procedural issue, that the court explicitly stated that its decision was not a “determination on the merits,” and that Arizona has a strong legal argument it can raise against this attempt to take health care away from many of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

How We “Blew It” On Obamacare

Democrats blew it on Obamacare. That’s according to retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who told The Hill today that he regrets that his party didn’t go far enough back in 2009 and 2010 when it was trying to push the Affordable Care Act through Congress

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