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Archive for April, 2009

Scott Murphy Declares Victory in NY-20!

Posted on April 24th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Scott MurphyScott Murphy is going to Washington! Murphy, who will now fill Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat in Congress, signed on to the Health Care for America Now! pledge at an event in February. Citizen Action of New York, 1199 SEIU, and many other HCAN partners played a strong role in keeping New York’s 20th Congressional District in the hands of a health care champion. We’re all looking forward to working with Congressman Murphy and President Obama to make quality, affordable health care accessible to everyone in America.

Legislation is under way

Posted on April 23rd, 2009 by David Vigoda in Uncategorized

The Senate Finance committee is convening a series of public roundtables on health care reform. Following these public roundtables, the committee will hold a “walk thru” session to draft legislation. This is according to a recent report on the Health Care Reform Blog of the Cancer Action Network, a project of the American Cancer Society.

The committee’s goal is to have health care reform legislation ready for “mark-up” (the process by which a committee reviews and makes changes to a bill before it is sent to the full House or Senate for a vote) by mid-June.

This is why the campaign to make sure reform legislation provides quality affordable health care for all is in full swing. Spearheading the campaign is a national, regional, and local coalition of hundreds of health, advocacy, labor, and community groups called Health Care for America Now (HCAN). You’re on our web site now.

HCAN supports a set of principles to guide health care reform legislation that closely mirrors the President’s campaign proposal. At its core is the public’s ability to choose between a public health insurance plan and private insurance. To ensure quality affordable health care for all, the public and private options would offer comparable coverage. Further, private insurance would be reformed to eliminate current drawbacks, such as exclusions for pre-existing conditions and lack of portability from job to job.

So far 185 legislators in Congress have signed onto the HCAN principles. As Senators, Obama and Biden were also signatories.

Note that a public health insurance plan is a “single payer” plan. Many would prefer to see a single payer plan replace all private insurance. Many others oppose this. The campaign for reform that preserves the consumer’s ability to choose between public and private insurance is a compromise that has widespread support.

But not in the medical insurance industry. With its vast financial, public relations, and lobbying resources, it is also weighing in on health care reform. Its basic strategy is to pretend to favor real reform, while working to water down every proposal it cannot defeat outright.

If you want real reform, now is the time to speak up. There are many ways to get involved. Check out this site for more information and click on a link to join the campaign for quality affordable health care for all… this year.

Last Week’s Town Hall Events

Posted on April 20th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Coverage from Health Care Town Hall in Binghamton last Thursday:

Coverage from Health Care Town Hall in Poughkeepsie on Saturday:

Coverage from Yesterday’s Roundtable with Senator Gillibrand

Posted on April 14th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

  • WNYCSen. Gillibrand: Now Time for Health Care Reform

  • Alternet.org – Signs of Hope for Healthcare in the U.S. Senate

Today’s Press Conference with Senator Gillibrand

Posted on April 13th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Below is a slideshow of photos from today’s press conference with Senator Gillibrand in New York City.

A Real Public Health Insurance Choice

Posted on April 9th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

There’s a real opportunity to win quality, affordable health care for everyone in America this year.

But ensuring that everyone has access, quality and affordability will require a strong public health care option.

Senator Schumer has been named to oversee the Senate Finance Committee’s look at a public option. We need to let Senator Schumer know that we’re counting on him to make sure that everyone has the choice of a real public health insurance plan.

Click here to send Senator Schumer a message right now!

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer

Our efforts over the next few months will have a direct impact on the health care reforms that happen this year.

And, because we live in New York, we have an especially important role in this national battle as we work with our Health Care for America Now coalition partners across the country.

Let’s let Senator Schumer know that we strongly support access to a quality, affordable, public health insurance option for everyone in America.

Click here to send your message to Senator Schumer right now!

A Public Plan for Health Insurance?

Posted on April 9th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Editorial in The New York Times

April 6, 2009

Click here for the original article

President Obama has rightly called for sweeping health care reform and charged Congress with coming up with a program. Expect a tough political fight.

Already one of the most contentious issues is whether to include a new public plan option to compete with private insurance plans. Many Republicans deride it as “government-run health care” and a step toward “socialized medicine.” Democrats find the notion appealing — even of vital importance.

A new public plan — to offer consumers greater choice, keep the private plans honest and, one can hope, restrain the relentless growth in health care premiums and underlying medical costs — seems worth trying.