Legislation Could Boost State Single-Payer Efforts

Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington, will soon introduce legislation that would allow states to use federal funds to create their own single payer plans. From The Los Angeles Times: If passed into law — admittedly a long shot with Republicans controlling...

Don McCanne, MD: Means testing Medicare

Ryan Says Rich Should Pay More as Sanders Defends Entitlements for Wealthy By Brian Faler Bloomberg, May 30, 2011 Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senate’s only avowed socialist, may be the chamber’s fiercest advocate of taxing the rich to cut the federal deficit. That...

VoucherCare for Seniors?

As if the American healthcare system isn’t bad enough as it is, Republicans in the House of Representatives recently passed a budget plan that would return us to the days when most seniors were mired in poverty. The plan would put an end to Medicare for future...

Brown’s Budget Ax Comes Down on Healthcare Needy

Gov. Jerry Brown’s first whack at California’s $26.6 billion budget deficit is going to hit low-income Californians hard, especially those who rely on the state to get health care. Last week, Brown signed a bill reducing the state’s deficit by $11.2...