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8/27/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The media slam against Congress and President Obama has been that supporters of health reform don't make a clear, simple argument for what it is and why we need it. Opponents' smear-and-fear campaign grabs the headlines. I've had the same complaint about the mainstream media itself--too much dwelling on politics and little substance. A guy named...
Blog Post
8/26/2009
Posted by Carmen Balber
A quiet recess week in Washington turned somber this morning with the news that Senator Ted Kennedy passed away late last night after a year-long battle with brain cancer. I can’t claim to have known Senator Kennedy, but the one time I did meet him it was in the course of what he called the “cause of my life” -- his fight to make...
Blog Post
8/25/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The drug companies' argument against letting government bargain for bulk prices on prescription drugs is so familiar that even talk radio hosts know it by heart: If the U.S. cuts drug prices (like Europe has), the great American engine of pharmaceutical research will put on the brakes. That's why a new study by the Health Affairs journal (...
Blog Post
8/24/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
I shouldn't have read the Atlantic magazine cover story just before bedtime last night, just like I shouldn't watch "Saw" before hitting the pillow. It's a radical and repulsive health care proposal by media executive David Goldhill, who, after a year of pondering health care, is trumpeting his "Eureka!" idea: Make patients...
Blog Post
8/24/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
It turns out that all the health reform fear and fury about pulling the plug on Grandma and creeping socialism (or is it Nazism?) will benefit one very elite group: health insurance companies. If the so-called public option stays dead, and government requires Americans to buy insurance, 'reform' will be a huge profit machine. As a great LA Times...
Blog Post
8/19/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Here's a memorable statement against U.S. health care reform: "Behind it will come other Federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until one day... we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this and if I don't do it [to kill this idea], one of these days you and I are...
News Release
8/18/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Santa Monica, CA -- The health insurance purchasing co-ops proposed by Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and a number of Senate conservatives have been tested and largely failed throughout the United States.  History shows they would not have the market clout to leverage discounts and good policy choices with health insurers.  Such co-ops could...
Blog Post
8/5/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
When health insurance companies or their Congressional sock puppets tell you that competition in the private market will reform health care and cut costs, run for the hills. It's a flat-out lie, and their lobbyists' noses are getting longer every day. These companies use lack of competition to jack up your insurance rates beyond the rate of...
Blog Post
7/30/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The lobbying dollars being lathered around Congress are the best reason to click here and send a simple fax to your members of Congress, letting them know that votes as well as dollars are at stake in health reform. The whole health care industry is pouring in at least $1.4 million dollars a day to preserve its profits at your expense. But it's...
Blog Post
7/15/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
Massachusetts is dropping legal, green-carded immigrants from its subsidies for health insurance and will probably make it harder for poor citizens to get coverage. The state's small businesses are being slammed with double-digit insurance premium increases, some over 20%. Insurance companies have responded by offering to sell bare-bones small-...