AFGE National Convention Endorses HR 676 – Medicare for All

Reno, Nevada.   The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the twenty-second international union to endorse HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

On August 27th the 38th AFGE National Convention passed Resolution #4003, “Endorsing Universal Health Care H.R. 676.”  The resolution was submitted by Local 2157 which represents workers at the Portland, Oregon, Veterans Administration Medical Center.  AFGE represents 600,000 federal and District of Columbia workers in a wide variety of agencies, including Social Security, the Veterans Administration, and the Bureau of Prisons.

Betsy Zucker, RN, FNP, and a convention delegate from Local 2157, said after the vote: “AFGE members from around the country overwhelmingly endorsed H.R. 676, Single Payer Health Care, on August 27.  Federal workers understand that Medicare-for-All will save money, provide health care to all, and start addressing health care as a human right, not a commodity to be bought and sold to the highest bidder.  AFGE supports health care for people, not for profits!”

Wendell Potter Warns: Co-op Kool-Aid Is Bad for Your Health

MrYuckThis article submitted by Bob Schmetzer, IBEW

by Wendell Potter

I’m beginning to think that the Kool-Aid being served at meetings of the Senate Finance Committee’s soon-to-be infamous Gang of Six is coming from either fantasy land or the health insurance industry.

For those of you who might not be following the sorry machinations of health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee, the Gang of Six is a group of three Democrats and three Republicans hand-picked by Committee Chair Max Baucus, who is one of the three Democrats. The gang meets often, supposedly drafting a bipartisan bill. In reality, if such a bill emerges, it will be a gift to the insurance industry because the gang includes some of the industry’s best friends on Capitol Hill.

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County workers, others protest state budget impasse

PA Budget Protest in Beaver Falls
PA Budget Protest in Beaver Falls

By: J.D. Prose –

Beaver County Times
BEAVER FALLS — Tina Shannon’s small, home-based day-care business has only six children, but five of them are no longer being subsidized because the state has yet to pass a budget.

“The parents are real concerned,” said Shannon, owner of Shannon’s Brown Bear Daycare in New Brighton.

On Tuesday, she joined about 60 Beaver County human services employees and service providers from noon to 1 p.m. as they protested the lack of a state budget and the growing impact on county residents who receive assistance.

“The issue is not just pass a budget,” Shannon said. “It’s pass a budget that we can live with.”

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