Vicco, Ky, Stays in Spotlight, Endorses Single Payer, HR 676

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 11:40 am

After 22 years in the coal mines, Jimmy Slone is still working—now as a City Commissioner for Vicco, Kentucky. His black lung disease does not stop him from getting up in the middle of the night to assure that the city’s water system is safe. He and his fellow commissioners volunteer their time to better their town. They show the courage of their convictions in other ways. They voted to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and have called on the nation to pass Single Payer Health Care, HR 676, Congressman John Conyers’ Improved Medicare for All bill.


NY Times Editorial Board Offers Their Very Serious People Bona Fides

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 4:00 pm

Whoever authored this editorial thinks military members are not “sacrificing” enough so pay and benefits need to be “on the table.” As I looked through the short bios of the various members of the Editorial Board, it is fairly obvious that few if any of them have actually had much experience of military life beyond the obligatory “I support the Troops” or “Thank you for your service” they may have uttered in an airport somewhere.

Reasons to Lose Sleep over the Shutdown and Obamacare

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 6:40 pm

If we lose sleep during the government shutdown, I hope it’s because we’re pondering ways to surpass the Tea Party in asserting our own political power.

The Rest of the World Still Has Plenty of People Who Want to Be Doctors

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 2:08 pm

For the most part I found this very long Time article by Steven Brill about the problems with American health care cost to be interesting. It did correctly highlight that the biggest problem is that Americans are overcharged for almost everything related to medicine, but I was thrown off by his bizarre insistence this doesn’t include doctors. After making a pretty strong case for Medicare-for-all Brill argues that it won’t work because that would somehow turn all doctors into paupers.

Neoliberalism Kills

By: Friday October 19, 2012 8:15 am

During the run-up to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I wrote a number of posts (here, here, and here) assessing the ACA very negatively, and pointing out the shortcomings of the various versions of this bill, preceding its final passage. My focus was on contrasting varying versions with HR 676, the Conyers-Kucinich Medicare for All bill, in relation to its likely impact on fatalities, bankruptcies and divorces attributed to lack of health insurance coverage in the US.

The Affordable Care Act: The Death Argument

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 10:00 am

On the Ed Schultz show on August 9th, Jonathan Alter and Michael Kinsley joined Ed to give their views on the Joe Soptic Ad from Priorities USA Action and the Republican reaction to it. Kinsley thinks the Ad is not dishonest, because to paraphrase him closely, when you lay off hundreds of people and take away their health insurance, it’s a matter of statistics, that a certain number of people will die as a result.

Alter says that Romney will repeal the ACA if the Rs pass the legislation, the first week of his Presidency, and that as Michael indicated “repeal equals death. It’s a simple fact.”

Supreme Court Would Not Find a Reason to Strike Down Single Payer

By: Monday April 2, 2012 10:00 am

There’s an argument that if the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA, it signals the court is so radical it would also find a reason to strike down Medicare for all. I find it nearly impossible to ever think this Court would ever be that activist. Not only do I think a majority of the justices have enough personal integrity to reject such a naked power grab, but more importantly I think the Justices are smart enough to properly fear the ramifications for the Court from such move.

Reminder: No One Disputes the Legality of Single Payer

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:00 am

With the Supreme Court arguing the legality of the Affordable Care Act, it is a good time to remember that almost nobody disputes that single payer, such as Medicare for All, would be undoubtedly constitutional. Even one of the lead lawyers arguing (for the opposing states and other opponents) that the individual mandate is unconstitutional admitted today that single payer would be clearly legal.

Sen. Johnson’s Weird Petty Lies about Liberals on Health Care

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 8:15 am

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson writes in the WSJ that liberals can’t wait to impose Medicaid on everyone. Apparently he missed the part where many liberals supported “Medicare for all,” but hey, it’s the Wall Street Journal and they’ll print anything from a GOPer.

Americans Want Bigger Role for Government in Health Care

By: Monday November 7, 2011 7:15 pm

While Americans claim they prefer smaller government, they prefer a bigger government that provides more health care services according to a new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Only 37 percent of Americans would prefer a smaller government that provided fewer health services, while a majority, 52 percent, said they would prefer a larger government that provided more health services.

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