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Medicare Birthday Celebration Tomorrow at Sen. Casey’s Office

Medicare Birthday Celebration Tomorrow at Sen. Casey’s Office

Sen Jim Ferlo will be joining Ed Cloonan for his biweekly demonstration to protect Medicare at Sen Casey’s office tomorrow, July 26 at noon, on the 48th anniversary of the creation of Medicare.  The flyer for the event can be read here.  **Related Posts** Sandy Fox campaigning to make TIAA-CREF more Socially Resposible on Healthcare  […]

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Biweekly Vigil at Sen. Casey’s Office to Protect Social Secutiy and Medicare

Biweekly Vigil at Sen. Casey’s Office to Protect Social Secutiy and Medicare

The Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare will be holding a vigil this Friday, July 5 and every other Friday.  It will be led by Ed Cloonan and details are below. JOIN WITH US TO STOP THE ASSAULT ON             SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE!  FRIDAY PICKETLINE/VIGILS                Senator Bob Casey’s Office       Regional Enterprise Tower          425 […]

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Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

On One Hand . . . A Friday report from the Medicare Board of Trustees shows that there was a slowdown in the growth of Medicare costs in 2012. The Medicare trust fund is now projected to last until 2026, two years longer than previously estimated. Medicare spending is now growing at the historically low rate of […]

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Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor:  “Drop Dead!” Pt. 4

Tom Corbett to PA’s Working Poor: “Drop Dead!” Pt. 4

Part 4. What We Can Do On Tuesday, February 5, PA Governor Tom Corbett stated that at this time he cannot recommend accepting $38 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid, thereby denying medical assistance to more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians. So far, I’ve discussed empirical studies demonstrating that Medicaid improves health and saves lives, the costs and benefits of Medicaid, how […]

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Legalized Bribery

Legalized Bribery

Ever wonder why health care costs so much in this country, and why we get such poor outcomes in return? Here’s a small piece of the puzzle. The New York Times reports that an obscure paragraph in the recent “fiscal cliff” bill extends a delay in implementation of Medicare price controls on Sensipar, a drug used by kidney […]

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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

My wife penned the following letter to the editor and submitted it to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past Saturday.  I believe that you will find her presentation compelling. Karen Wolk Feinstein, President and CEO of the Jewish Health Care Foundation, noted to a group of experts attending a day-long meeting at the foundation’s training center on […]

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New Graphic Explaining Medicare and Medicaid

New Graphic Explaining Medicare and Medicaid

Here is a detailed graphic on the history of Medicare and Medicaid that I found on Reddit. 

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Medicare and Medicaid Are superior to private insurance in certain ways

Medicare and Medicaid Are superior to private insurance in certain ways

We hear so often that medicare and medicaid are unable to provide care to patients in the way that privately funded care does, as an argument for privatizing both of them.  The logic goes that if they are not as good, then let’s just do away with them.  However, this is simply not true.  The […]

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Why Don’t  Republicans support Single Payer???

Why Don’t Republicans support Single Payer???

It is very hard to understand whey everyone doesn’t support a single payer system in health care. If someone wants to save money, wants to lower  society’s overall cost, improve access, then there is no other system.  The only group in our society which does not fear bankruptcy, does not  worry about lifetime cost, does […]

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