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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.

  • Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013
    By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    The Affordable Care Act will roll out next year, and Oregon has instituted its own pioneering health care delivery reforms through coordinated care organizations.

  • Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013
    By Casey Seiler | Albany Times-Union
    ALBANY — Enacting a massive state takeover of the cost of health care for every New Yorker might seem like a heavy lift even in a deep-blue state like New York.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    Northwest Labor Press (Portland, Ore.)
    SALEM, Ore. — Advocates for single-payer health care in Oregon made their voices heard in Salem Feb. 4 — the opening day of the 77th legislative session. Among the nearly 1,000 people gathered at the noontime rally on the front steps of the State Capitol was State Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland). A member of the American Federation of Teachers, Dembrow is co-chief sponsor of the Health Care for All Oregon Act, which would set up a comprehensive taxpayer-supported health care system. The draft legislation currently has 24 sponsors, including rookie state Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), who is co-chief sponsor.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    By Kathy Robertson | Sacramento Business Journal
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- “Everybody in, nobody out” was the chant by a couple hundred people gathered at the Capitol at noon on Monday to rally for a single-payer, universal health care system in California.

  • Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Single-payer supporters packed a hearing room at the State Capitol on Feb. 1 to give and listen to public testimony in support of the Washington Health Security Trust (H.R. 1085), a bill advocates say would provide affordable, high-quality health care for all of Washington state’s residents.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012
    By Single Payer New York | Healthcare-Now
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Doctors, nurses, patients, senior citizens, anti-poverty advocates, faith leaders and medical administrators joined Assemblymember Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Thomas Duane in unveiling an updated and revised single-payer legislative proposal for New York State on Tuesday. More than 70 state lawmakers are co-sponsors.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    By Lenny Potash | Labor Notes
    Though it’s passed the legislature twice before, a bill to establish a single-payer universal health insurance system in California failed in the state senate in January.

  • Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012
    Salem-News.com (Ore.)
    Delegates from 28 unions, nonprofits and grassroots organizations gathered in Portland on Friday, January 27, to form a new coalition that will advocate for universal health care in Oregon and the U.S. Seven labor unions joined with 21 community organizations to sign the membership agreement, approve bylaws, and elect an interim executive committee.

  • Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012
    By Wendell Potter | iWatch News
    MONTPELIER, Vt. — You can’t see them. They’re hidden from view and probably always will be. But the health insurance industry’s big guns are in place and pointed directly at the citizens of Vermont.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2012
    The Union (Grass Valley, Calif.)
    The Campaign for a Healthy California on Wednesday denounced the failure of the California Senate to pass SB 810, the California Universal Care Act. The bill died when it remained two votes short of passage.

  • Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012
    By David Gorn | California Healthline
    The idea of a single-payer health care system in California stalled on the Senate floor yesterday, falling two votes short of passage.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012
    From the office of California State Senator Mark Leno
    The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the California Universal Health Care Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Senate Bill 810 guarantees all Californians comprehensive, universal health care while reducing the state’s ballooning health care costs and improving the quality of care and delivery of health services statewide.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012
    By Amanda Waldroupe | The Lund Report
    Healthcare advocates, medical professionals, and legislators are developing a state-wide grassroots campaign to start educating the public about a single payer health system to provide universal coverage for everyone.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    The Hawaii Health Authority, which was established by the Hawaii Legislature as part of the state’s Department of Budget and Finance and tasked with being “responsible for overall health planning for the state,” issued a report to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Legislature on Dec. 23, 2011. It consists of a 1999 report by the Health Futures Task Force and a 2011 Update. A few of the members of the 1999 Health Futures Task Force are now members of the HHA.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    By Jessica Marcy | Kaiser Health News
    Starting now, Vermont begins building a single-payer health system that will move many state residents into a publicly financed insurance program and pay hospitals, doctors and other providers a set fee to care for patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011
    Associated Press | Billings Gazette
    HELENA, Mont. - Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he will ask the U.S. government to let Montana set up its own universal health care program, taking his rhetorical fight over health care to another level.

  • Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011
    By Trevor T. Alford | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    Looking to follow in the footsteps of Vermont, which passed legislation May 26 leading toward a single-payer health care system in that state, two lawmakers are pushing for the adoption of a public health option in New York.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011
    By YESENIA AMARO | The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald
    The national debate over health care can be summed up in a bill on the table in Sacramento.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011
    By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News | McClatchy Newspapers
    In a move that could absolve health insurers of paying more than $95 million in consumer rebates, nine states are pressing for relief from a federal rule limiting insurers' profits and administrative costs.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011
    Office of Sen. Mark Leno
    The Senate Health Committee today approved the California Universal Health Care Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Senate Bill 810 guarantees all Californians comprehensive, universal health care while containing ballooning health care costs and improving the quality of care and delivery of health services statewide. The legislation passed with a 5-3 vote.

  • Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011
    By Joe Kimball | MinnPost.com
    The St. Paul City Council passed a resolution Wednesday supporting the Minnesota Health Plan, a proposal that's floating around the Legislature (but not yet close to passing) for single-payer, universal health care in the state.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011
    William C. Hsiao, Ph.D. | NEJM
    The United States faces two major problems in the health care arena: the swelling ranks of the uninsured and soaring costs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes great strides in addressing the former problem but offers only modest pilot efforts to address the latter. Experience in countries such as Taiwan and Canada shows that single-payer health care systems can achieve universal coverage and control inflation of health care costs.

  • Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011
    By Bill Graves | The Oregonian
    A House hearing Friday on a bill to establish a single-payer universal health care plan in Oregon drew testimony from about two dozen people, most in favor of the proposal.

  • Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011
    By BENNETT HALL | Corvallis Gazette-Times
    Shortly after noon on Friday, state Rep. Michael Dembrow stepped to the microphone and addressed a crowd of about 150 people gathered on the steps of the Oregon Capitol in Salem. “You look so healthy,” he told his audience. “You must all have good health insurance.”

  • Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011
    By BENNETT HALL | Corvallis Gazette-Times
    It’s 8 o’clock in the morning, and Betty Johnson and Mike Huntington are huddled around a cordless phone set up on a folding table in Johnson’s Corvallis living room. The two veteran health care activists listen intently to the voices coming over the speaker.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011
    From the Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-I) Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – the “Waiver for State Innovation” – allows states to waiver out of some of the requirement of federal health reform if they meet certain standards. The provision in the new law was authored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and strongly supported by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  • Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Globe Editorial | The Boston Globe
    While Massachusetts grapples with its own health costs, the nation’s eyes will be on Vermont as it tries to do ObamaCare one better and switch to a single-payer health insurance system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    By Josh Goodman Stateline.org
    Congress never really considered a single-payer health plan run by the government. Vermont is planning for one. This isn’t some liberal fantasy. Vermont lawmakers are serious. To understand how serious, you only have to look at the resumes of William Hsiao and Jonathan Gruber.

  • Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010
    By Rep. Michael Dembrow | BlueOregon.com
    I believe that the best solution to the problems that I mentioned will be a “single payer” system. This would be a system like Medicare, but extended to all. Everyone would pay into the system in a progressive manner, and it would relieve the burden on Oregon’s small businesses. Initial projections show that we could create a system that in total would cost no more than we are currently paying as individuals, businesses, and the state—but everyone would be covered, would have access to quality care by the provider of their choice, and the rise in costs could be contained.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    by Margaret Brinich | The Lakewood (Ohio) Observer
    Premiums will continue to rise. More and more Ohioans will be priced out of the health care market. It’s not only a health care crisis, but a major contributor to the economic crisis. Lack of health insurance leads to lack of health care and a less-healthy working population. Ohio needs jobs. If Ohio had a comprehensive health care plan covering all citizens and the costs were known, prospective employers would be encouraged to start up new businesses or move businesses into Ohio. It’s in our economic self-interest.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
    By David Pepose | Berkshire Eagle
    Voters in the 2nd and 4th Districts will test the waters for single-payer health care in a ballot question in November’s elections.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
    By Kathy Mahan and Amy Lange RN, CNM
    A side-by-side comparison of the California, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin state single-payer bills.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010
    By now most of you have heard the disappointing news that our bill, SB 810, the California Universal Health Care Act, was held on the Assembly Floor on the last night of session, effectively killing the measure until next year. Over my strong objections, Assembly leadership decided to hold the bill. Although we are greatly disappointed, we are determined to come back even stronger next year.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010
    By David Rosenfeld | The Lund Report (Ore.)
    A loose coalition of single-payer advocates in Oregon has taken the first steps toward developing legislation for the 2011 session

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 3, 2010
    By Michael Corcoran | truthout | Op-Ed
    The grassroots single-payer movement in Vermont reflects the growing belief that the fight to make health care a human right must come from the states. But will the passage of federal reform get in the way?

  • Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010
    James G. Kahn, MD, MPH | Testimony before California Assembly Health Committee
    My particular expertise in health system research is in billing and insurance-related administrative costs. My colleagues and I have demonstrated that as much as 1 dollar in seven that goes into a medical office is used to collect payment – for contracting, billing, copayment collection, and repeated appeals of claim denials. Overall, for health care funded through the private insurance system, fully 38 cents of each dollar goes to administration and profits, leaving only 62 cents for clinical care. 20 cents is avoidable administration – which would mainly disappear with single payer. This translates to billions of dollars that become available to pay for health care – more than $200 billion per year in the United States, and $30 billion in California.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2010
    By David Himmelstein, Kip Sullivan & Steffie WoolhandlerPNHP 2010 Spring Newsletter
    The single-payer model precludes private insurance that duplicates the public coverage – a measure required both to control costs and to avoid the emergence of two-class care. The question of how to treat nonprofit, staff- and group-model HMOs is complex because they combine a nonprofit provider of care (clearly acceptable in a single-payer model) with a private insurance plan (which is not acceptable). After much debate, PNHP decided to include such organizations in its proposals, but with tight restrictions to minimize the problems inherent in the insurance component of HMOs.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    By DANIEL BARLOW | Times Argus
    The Vermont Senate easily passed a major health care reform bill Tuesday night, but first lawmakers jettisoned a provision that would have allowed the state to track free drug samples given to doctors.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    By John Curran | Boston Globe
    Hopeful that Montpelier can do what Washington didn't, hundreds of people who want single-payer health care gathered in Vermont's capital Saturday, staging a noisy, sign-waving march and rally.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    Health Care for All Pennsylvania | PRESS RELEASE
    Medical students from Penn State, Penn, and Temple will convene a press conference on the State Capitol steps, Monday, May 3, 2010 to rally their support behind the Family and Business Healthcare Security Act (SB 400/HB 1660), a cost-saving, job-generating, outcomes-based bill that would provide comprehensive health care for all Pennsylvanians through a single risk-pool mechanism - a publicly-funded, privately-delivered healthcare system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    By Igor Volsky | Wonk Room, Think Progress
    Last Friday, the Vermont House approved “its own version of legislation passed earlier by the Senate” that would allow the state to design “a single-payer system, in which a government agency would administer and make all payments for health care” or a public option. California passed similar legislation earlier this year, and theoretically, under a provision added to the new health care law by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), both states could opt-out of the requirements of federal health care reform and establish a single-payer structure.

  • Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010
    By DANIEL BARLOW | Times Argus (Vt.)
    Senators voted 28-2 Wednesday to hire consultants to design a new health care model for Vermont, one of which would include a single-payer system.

  • Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010
    By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
    Dr. Deb Richter is accustomed to the slow pace of progress toward the health reform she favors, but she comes back to the Statehouse again and again to push for change. She was on hand Wednesday when senators took another small step.

  • Posted on Friday, March 5, 2010
    From Sen. Bernie Sanders Office
    The health care reform bill passed by the Senate requires that all states set up Exchanges through which private insurance companies could sell their plans. Because federal laws preempt state laws, the federal health care reform bill would supplant any state attempt to set up a single payer system in lieu of an Exchange, which by its nature calls for multiple payers to compete. If the Senate bill is enacted, the only opportunity for states to move toward a single payer system is found in Section 1332. This section would allow a state with a plan that meets certain coverage and affordability requirements to waive out of the requirement to set up an Exchange for private insurance companies. Only with such a waiver could a state move in the direction of a single payer system.

  • Posted on Friday, March 5, 2010
    By David Swanson | OpEdNews.com
    California keeps passing bills for state single-payer healthcare, but Ahhhnold won't sign em, and Jerry Brown who wants to be governor doesn't seem to want it badly enough to make a commitment on healthcare. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is encouraged that their current governor has said he probably will sign a single-payer healthcare bill, and the legislature just might pass one. But Minnesota has an angle neither of these other states can claim: a serious candidate for governor who is the state's leading advocate for single-payer.

  • Posted on Friday, March 5, 2010
    By Amy Yannello | Sacramento News and Review
    For more than 7 million working Californians who currently don’t have health insurance, Congress and President Barack Obama’s attempt to reform health care has been an exercise in frustration. The public option was almost immediately taken off the table, despite the fact that most independent experts agree reform won’t work without it, and after a year of negotiations, no bill is in sight. If the politicians in Washington, D.C., don’t get their act together soon, California just might beat the feds to the punch with a single-payer system of its own.

  • Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009
    By Jeff Muskus | The Huffington Post
    While Democratic leaders abandoned the public option on Thursday, one senator reignited his push for an amendment that would allow states to test-pilot single-payer health insurance systems.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
  • Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009
    By FLOYD E. McDOWELL SR. | The News Journal (Delaware)
    Single-payer health care reform is a no-brainer for informed citizens and credible elected political decision-makers.