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  • Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    By Matthew Dondiego | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    During a rally Wednesday on the Capitol's Million Dollar Staircase in support of single-payer health care reform, the state's Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus formally announced its support for the New York Health bill.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    By Kelly Fay | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    Lawmakers, patients and health providers are urging the Legislature to pass a bill they say would provide every New Yorker with the basic human right to health care. Advocates rallied outside the Capitol Tuesday demanding the state adopt a single-payer system of health insurance and put "patients before profits."

  • Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014
    By Ellen Oxfeld | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
    This week in a Vermont Public Radio interview, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell backed away from an unwavering commitment to the historic task set out in Act 48 — creating a publicly funded guaranteed health care system for all Vermonters.

  • Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014
    By Peter Hirschfeld | Vermont Public Radio
    The fight for single payer health care promises to be one of the heaviest political lifts in state history. And a new group is about to put some financial weight behind the lobbying push.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014
    By David Sims | The Chief-Leader (New York)
    The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the nation’s health-care business mean good and bad things for organized labor, but a Feb. 27 LaborPress event on its impact focused more on pushing for a single-payer system in the state to relieve the increased pressure on unions.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014
    By Hamilton E. Davis | VPR News
    From the opening days of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single payer health care initiative, House Speaker Shap Smith has been a rock-solid supporter of the campaign. In 2011, he delivered Act 48, arguably the most far-sighted health care reform blueprint in the country, by lining up his huge Democratic house majority behind it.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    By Tiffany Brooks | Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    The Working Families Party, Service Employees International Union 1199, and the Communication Workers of America District 1 last Tuesday joined Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, to support New York Health, a single payer health care program.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Kyle Hughes | The Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- A group of 70 medical school students held their first-ever Capitol lobbying day Tuesday, calling for universal health care, medical marijuana and reining in insurers that now account for a third of the cost of healthcare here.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    By Chris Fleisher | Valley News (White River Junction, Vt.)
    HANOVER, N.Y. — The biggest challenge in moving Vermont toward a single-payer health care system is time, while the political will to achieve it still exists at the state and federal levels, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Monday.

  • Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
    By Alanna Durkin | The Associated Press
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A government-run health care system in Maine would provide universal coverage to residents, cut down on administrative costs and free businesses from the complexities of providing insurance for their employees, supporters of a single-payer model said Thursday.

  • Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013
    By Dave Gram | Modern Healthcare
    As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they're a solution for healthcare, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.

  • Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013
    By Andrea K Walker | Baltimore Sun
    The group, Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland, led a rally Saturday in Baltimore to push for single-payer coverage similar to that in countries such as Canada and Sweden, where the government runs most of the health system and there are no insurance companies.

  • Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    On October 17, 2013, the Executive Council of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), reports Jon Hendry, president.

  • Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013
    By Peter Hirschfeld | Vermont Public Radio
    Gov. Peter Shumlin said increases in the payroll tax will “play a major role” in the public financing system he wants to use to fund single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013
    By Ethan Parke | Solutions
    In 1998, Dr. Deb Richter began, almost single handedly, to revive the dream of universal health care in the United States — open to all and paid for by the government. A primary care physician from Buffalo, New York, Richter had become outraged by the barriers to accessing quality health care in the city’s low-income communities.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    By Tanique Williams | Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    New Yorkers from across the state — including hundreds of doctors, nurses, patients, labor unions, community organizations, faith groups, and seniors — delivered 10,000 signatures supporting a single-payer health care bill sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, and Sen. Bill Perkins, D-Harlem.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report
    SALEM, Ore. -- Wes Brain was uninsured last winter when a tonsillectomy showed signs of throat cancer. He qualified for the high-risk Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, which the state has administered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013
    By Bill Whitaker | Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, Ore.)
    Many Wallowa County families and businesses are facing financial catastrophe because of the increasing cost of health insurance and medical care. They hope that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) will cure their problems. Unfortunately it will not.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    By Rachel Roubein | Carroll County Times
    What started as the formation of an about eight-person book club spiraled into the creation of a local grassroots effort to advocate for universal health care in Maryland.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
    By James Dawson | WDDE Public Radio (Dover, Del.)
    In a legislative season marked by hot-button issues, one Delaware lawmaker is adding another to that list. Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark South) introduced a bill this week that would transform the state’s health care system into a single-payer option.