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Our citizens’ health is not a commodity

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Our citizens’ health is not a commodity

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WHY THE GROWING CALL FOR HEALTHCARE JUSTICE CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED IN SACRAMENTO OR WASHINGTON

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WHY THE GROWING CALL FOR HEALTHCARE JUSTICE CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED IN SACRAMENTO OR WASHINGTON
So what has moved so many in Washington to not only declare their support for Medicare-for-all, but to actually co-sponsor legislation that was once considered socialist and politically untouchable?

The answer is…….We the People.

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Medicare-for-all: the time is now

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Medicare-for-all: the time is now

from National Nurses United:Astronomical healthcare costs and lack of access continue to drive individuals, families and businesses past their breaking point while insurance companies continue to soak-up billions of healthcare dollars as millions of children's basic needs go unmet. NNU supports a Medicare for all healthcare system that requires each participating state to set up and administer comprehensive healthcare services as an entitlement for all, through a progressively financed, single-payer system, administered by the states.Medicare has provided guaranteed healthcare for millions of American seniors for more than 51 years. It’s time we have a Medicare for all, single-payer healthcare system...

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A HISTORY OF NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE UNITED STATES

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A HISTORY OF NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE UNITED STATES

Efforts to create a national health insurance have existed in the United States for the past 100 years. Health historian, David Barton Smith, writes (in a draft chapter) that the fundamental struggle in the US has been over the question of whether health care is a commodity that belongs in a market or whether it is a basic necessity that requires the protection of government so that it is universal. Smith breaks up the past one hundred years into five phases and argues that in each phase, compromises were made that failed because they did not meet the fundamental criteria...

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Five lessons from Canada on single-payer health care

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Five lessons from Canada on single-payer health care

By Colleen M. Flood and Allan RockChicago Tribune, September 24, 2017The United States is about to debate the merits of Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a single-payer health care system. While cost will be an issue, evidence shows that many countries provide access to quality care for all their citizens through a single-payer model while spending far less than the U.S. does now.How can this be?Single-payer systems are often promoted as a means to achieve social justice. But they are also more economically efficient than the private market alternative. Having one payer simplifies the administration of health care by avoiding multiple...

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