Eve (nyceve) Gittelson


AHIP Stands Down

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 4:00 pm

For many long years, I’ve rummaged around the AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans) web site quite regularly. Do yourself and the American people a favor, and in the days and weeks ahead, check in from time-to-time with this despicable organization.

Kansas City Free Clinic: Haunting Video from the Heartland

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 8:58 am

Many of the people I met today are working full time and simply cannot afford the exorbitant monthly health insurance premium, so they go without. The choice is stark. Health insurance or rent, food and clothing for the kids.

[Ed. Note: Eve is in Kansas City today, helping out and talking to folks at the free health care clinic organized by the National Association of Free Clinics with funding raised in large part by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. MSNBC will be streaming their own video from KC starting at noon EST; Eve has more video of her own after the jump. If you need help finding affordable medical assistance in your area, NAFC has this directory of free clinics.]

The Best Place for U.S. Senators to Receive Healthcare? The Floor of a Convention Center or an Animal Stall?

By: Sunday November 29, 2009 7:00 pm

As I wandered around and observed all the work, more than anything, I reflected on what it means to live in a country which treats healthcare as a privilege not a right. Here I was standing in the middle of a MASH tent in a major American city–this would undoubtedly be the last hope for many of the people we’d meet the next day.

Little Rock Clinic Volunteers: If we fail to pass healthcare reform, “we’ll be damned for all mankind”

By: Sunday November 29, 2009 6:45 am

Always remember, the United States is the only industrialized nation where healthcare remains a privilege not a right.

Little Rock Free Clinic Medical Director: “This is the average American, the average Arkansan”

By: Saturday November 28, 2009 2:30 pm

“This is our middle class, our average Arkansan. Our neighbors, our friends, our families, our co-workers who we’re seeing here.”

The Plea of an Uninsured Amputee: “I Need Help to Get a Leg”

By: Saturday November 28, 2009 10:30 am

Keith Hitchcock is a resident of Little Rock and an amputee, he needs a prosthesis but can’t get it because he doesn’t have insurance.

Triage Doctor from Little Rock Free Clinic: Public Option Needed to “Alleviate the Suffering”

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 5:00 pm

Ralph Freidin MD, is an internist. Dr. Freidin traveled from Massachusetts to Little Rock, Arkansas last week to volunteer his professional services at the Little Rock Free Health Clinic, which I also attended. He was assigned to The Line.

Specter Urges Dem Unity on Cloture; Reid: Thanks for Doing My Job

By: Thursday October 15, 2009 4:48 pm

In a conference call with political bloggers, Senator Arlen Specter (Still-Fresh D-PA) reported that in a recent gathering of the Senate Democratic caucus, he suggested his colleagues pledge to stick with the party on a cloture vote when the merged health care reform bill came to the floor. Much to Specter’s surprise, according to him, his idea was not embraced by his fellow Dems. And, perhaps even more surprising, Majority Leader Harry Reid approached Specter after the meeting (again, according to Specter), and thanked him for stressing a point that Reid, himself, admitted he was “reluctant to make.”

Donna Edwards (and others) could learn a thing or two from Jerry Nadler

By: Sunday August 23, 2009 1:30 pm

Several months ago, I helped persuade encourage Jerry Nadler to take the whip count pledge.  So I’m particularly thrilled to see that’s he’s standing firm as iron these days. From the way he’s talking, he’s a changed man–delighted he took the pledge, and knowing full well the critical nature of the pledge project.

Profiles from the US Health Care System: Mr. Baucus, Mr. Conrad, Care to Respond to This Grief-Stricken Family?

By: Thursday August 20, 2009 8:15 am

This is the reason we fight. Don’t give up, don’t get sidetracked, don’t be swayed, never forget. This is about people’s lives.

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