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Summer Conference 2011 Wrap Up

August 11th, 2011

Andrew McGuire, COC Executive Director


Last month’s Summer Conference on universal health care was a huge success, with activists from a variety of backgrounds convening at the University of Southern California to hear about the state of the single payer movement and where we go from here. The second annual, all-day event was organized by Physicians for a National Health Program.

Event highlights included a moving presentation by artist Teresa Brown-Gold about her project, Art As Social Inquiry, featuring portraits of Americans affected by our broken healthcare system; a highly informative and astonishing presentation by Dr. Jeoffry Gordon of U.C. San Diego about the effect economic inequality has on societal health; and a closing address by the original sponsor of SB 810, former State Sen. Sheila Kuehl. These and the other conference presentations are available to view at

One of the conference’s breakout sessions featured members of our California OneCare team: Executive Director Andrew McGuire, board member and blogger Al Saavedra, and board member Walter Heath. They each spoke about how universal healthcare activists can effectively use social networking sites and blogging to educate more citizens about single payer and help advance the cause. At the end of the long day, I’m sure everyone who attended felt re-energized to continue to fight for national, public health insurance!

Al Saavedra, COC Board Member


Walter Heath, COC Board Member


Healthcare Reform Discussed at Netroots Nation 2011

August 3rd, 2011

California OneCare board member and DailyKos blogger Eve Gittelson (known by her DK handle, nyceve) moderated this year’s Netroots Nation panel on healthcare reform. Held in Minneapolis, Minn., in June, Netroots Nation attracted thousands of left-leaning bloggers, activists and politicos. The health reform panel also featured California OneCare Executive Director Andrew McGuire; Jay Angoff, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Indiana University professor Giuseppe Del Priore, MD MPH; and Wendell Potter, senior fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy. The following videos, taken by GeraldWeinand, are clips of the panel.

Intro by Eve Gittelson

Dr. Giuseppe Del Priore

Wendell Potter

Jay Angoff

Andrew McGuire

Jay Angoff takes a question about Vermont’s recent passage of single payer health care.

Jay Angoff talks about the six-month waiting period for bridge insurance for people with preexisting conditions.

Wendell Potter talks about regulation of health insurers.

Angoff takes a question about dialysis.

Question about the impact of the federal reform law on retail workers.

Battle for health care moves to Netroots Nation: the truth from Wendell Potter and nyceve

June 16th, 2011

by Shockwave

The Affordable Healthcare Act of 2009 was (at best IMHO) a step in the right direction.

The final destination?  Universal and affordable health care as a right and NOT a privilege (single payer is the ultimate logical consequence, also IMHO).

So what are the next steps, milestones, events, causes, laws to be passed?  What can we do as individuals to help us get there?  Who will lead us through the next phases?

Can we defeat the HMOs and Big Pharma? Should we go slow or should we step on the gas? Should we wait until after 2012?  Should we just fight to save Medicare?

Should we focus at the state level?

If you think healthcare reform is very unfinished business, there is only one place to be this Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 PM Central (11:30 AM Pacific): nyceve’s Netroots Nation panel Healthcare Reform 2.0: Americans Confront a Brave New World

If you think all this does not matter, you’re completely wrong.

According to the latest CNN poll, when asked about a variety of critical issues, 96% of respondents answered that healthcare was extremely important or very important as an issue for the 2012 Presidential Election.

Much more below and a chance to ask questions which Eve and I will present to the panelists.

You all know the irreplaceable and irrepressible nyceve, the most effective and dedicated healthcare blogger.  She got me going as a healthcare reform activist right here in these pages when she covered the Natalie Sarkissian tragedy.

Now meet the rest of the very distinguished panel:

Jay Angoff, senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. He reports directly to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Giuseppe Del Priore,M.D. of the Indiana University School of Medicine who may become the first surgeon to carry out a womb transplant. He knows what is going on in the front lines.

Andrew McGuire, Executive Director of California OneCare.  (I now disclose that I am on the California OneCare Board of Directors with nyceve, and single payer is my cause.) California OneCare is the pivotal non-profit organization supporting Single Payer legislation in California.

And last but certainly not least, Wendell Potter, the ultimate healthcare whistleblower.  Wendell Potter has seen the inner workings of our adversaries from the highest levels as a senior executive at CIGNA.

Nyceve will open the proceedings by covering the main points of the current situation. She has spent weeks preparing a comprehensive PowerPoint which she will cover quickly but deserves your attention.

As far as I am concerned it is THE tour de force of where we are regarding healthcare.  It is our entire tragic debacle as only nyceve could present it.  It will set the stage for the lively discussion to follow.

The following is part of Eve’s very dismal, but very true Netroots Nation slide show. It is a heartbreaking presentation about our collapsed health care system.

President Obama to the American Medical Association in 2009:
“Today, we are spending over $2 trillion a year on health care — almost 50 percent more per person than the next most costly nation. And yet, as I think many of you are aware, for all of this spending, more of our citizens are uninsured, the quality of our care is often lower, and we aren’t any healthier. In fact, citizens in some countries that spend substantially less than we do are actually living longer than we do.”




More than 44,000 Americans die every year – 122 every day – due to lack of health insurance.
This data is from Harvard-based research that found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.



The US spends more than any other industrialized nation on health care, yet over 50 million americans are without health insurance.
Over 60% of individual bankruptcies are filed by insured Americans and are due to medical bills.

A just released report from the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers entitled,The New Gold Rush predicts that healthcare is expected to reach nearly 20% of U.S. GDP by 2019.

Life expectancy in the U.S. is lower when compared with Japan, Switzerland, Canada and Australia.

Infant morality rates in the U.S. are higher than most OECD countries. In 2006, it was 6.7 per live births relative to OECD average of 4.7

Low health care utilization was a major reason behind health insurers posting record first-quarter 2010 profits, well above analyst forecasts.


Kossacks, do take advantage of this diary to bring up questions and themes for the panel.


Originally posted in the Daily Kos on June 12, 2011. Shockwave (aka, Alberto Saavedra) is a member of the California OneCare board.

Can’t make it to Netroots Nation? Live streaming and video archives of the healthcare and other panels are available by clicking here.

Andrew McGuire

December 22nd, 2010

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