Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare
Healthcare Is A Right — Not A Privilege
SENATE HEALTHCARE BILL: A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION
An analysis by the Labor Campaign for Single Payer
In a last minute flurry of pork barrel deals and capitulation to powerful corporate interests, the U. S. Senate finally passed its version of healthcare reform on December 24. The final bill was roundly condemned by nearly every labor organization in the country.
“The health care bill being considered by the U. S. Senate is inadequate and too tilted toward the insurance industry,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Karen Higgens, RN, Co-President of the 150,000 member National Nurses Union, concurred. “Sadly, we have ended up with legislation that fails to meet the test of true healthcare reform…further locking into place a system that entrenches the chokehold of the profit-making insurance giants on our health.”
Continue reading The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Calls for National Conference to Plan New Healthcare Campaign
Nation’s Largest RN Organization Blasts Bid to Tax Benefits,
Urges Other Reforms to Protect Patients, Families
In Final Talks on Healthcare Reform Legislation
“We ask and expect members of the House of Representatives to vote no on any bill providing for an excise tax on health care benefits.”
The nation’s largest union and professional organization of registered nurses today called on House members to hold the line in opposing a tax on workers’ healthcare benefits, and called for other changes in the final healthcare legislation to expand affordability and crack down on insurance industry abuses.
Continue reading National Nurses Union Calls for Defeat of Healthcare Bill if Workers Healthcare Benefits are Taxed
Health Care Bill Must Drop Abortion Language, Include Public Option
Please send a message to your senators and House member asking them to assure that restrictive abortion language in health care reform legislation be withdrawn, that a strong public plan is included, that age discrimination is removed, that better cost control measures are included and insurance is made truly more affordable for everyone.
Continue reading National Organization for Women Calls for Improvement to Final Healthcare Bill