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V1 N7 Nye-Gateway to Nevada's Rurals Newsletter August 22, 2009

V1 N7 Nye-Gateway to Nevada's Rurals Newsletter August 22, 2009

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Vol 1 No 7

August 22, 2009

Nye-Gateway to Nevada’s Rurals
P o l i t i c a l N e w s a n d C o m m e n t a r y

Upgrading To National Health Insurance (Medicare 2.0)

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HR 676 Single Payer Healthcare Facts about Healthcare in America
Health Insurance Racket

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Stock Market up for Healthcare Insurance

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Cost of Credit Card Debt Soars Kent Conrad-Just who is he?

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Upcoming Events

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The Case For Eliminating Private Health Insur- with affordable healthcare. Like it or not that is a fact. ance People cannot afford the This past week has been premiums the companies difficult for healthcare re- must or are charging in form. order to provide the health care people need. Why don’t we all just admit that the politicians Erase political thought aren’t capable of providing from your mind and take a healthcare reform that will fresh look at the whole work. That includes Presi- problem. Forget capitaldent Obama, the Senate ism, socialism or any and the House of Repre- other kind of ism. sentatives. Now, let me introduce you They are politicians and to the Physicians for a can’t separate party poli- National Health Protics from the problem at gram. Who are they? hand. That is why they are going around in circles The Physicians for a National Health Program is now, getting nowhere. a non-profit research and The fact of the matter is education organization of private insurance compa- 17,000 physicians, medinies cannot provide us all

cal students and health professionals who support s ing le- p a yer n ati on al health insurance. It is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive singlepayer national health program. PNHP has more than 17,000 members and chapters across the United States. Read more.

P l e a s e P r e s i d e n t O b a m a — f o r g e t b i p a r t i s a n s h i p — Y o u a r e o u r P r e s i d e n t ! Robert Kuttner has a piece in Huffington Post with which I fully agree. Kuttner writes: “Will somebody please explain to me why Barack Obama is still on his bipartisan kick? “…the Republican opposition has made it clear that no goodwill gesture, no effort to meet them halfway signals anything other than weakness. They are out to destroy his presidency, pure and simple. Nothing makes this clearer than the battle over health insurance reform.” try and Republican leadership has deftly used the Congressional August recess to weaken health insurWeakness is perceived by ance reform. The pubprison inmates as inviting lic option is on its dominion and control. deathbed. Read more. The insurance indus-

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For the first time ever, single-payer legislation will be debated and voted on by the House of Representatives in September. Pay attention in the weeks ahead to Representative Anthony Weiner (NY-9) with HR 676 and Senator Bernie Sand-

ers with S. 703. Weiner introduced an amendment to President Obama’s healthcare reform bill (HR 3200) that would replace it with HR 676, the single-payer bill, and Speaker Pelosi pledged to bring it to a debate and vote on the full House floor in Sep-

tember. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expected to bring S. 703 to the floor for a vote in the Senate. The blog post explains how you, too, can press Congress to adopt single-payer. Read More

Anthony Weiner

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Ninety percent of Americans believe the American health care system needs fundamental changes There are four times as many health care lobbyists in Washington as there are members of Congress. the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older Ameri-

cans are significantly less healthy than their British counterparts – we have more diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and cancer. Even the poorest Brits can expect to live longer than the richest Americans.

Detroit is 15.5, compared to El Salvador’s rate of 9.7.

Half of all bankruptcies are caused by medical bills. Three -quarters of those filings are people with health insurance. he United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a universal health insurance system.

A baby born in El Salvador has a better chance of surviving than a baby in Detroit. The infant mortality rate in

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Getting Rich by Denying Americans Care UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley owns $744,232,068 in unexercised stock options. CIGNA’s Edward Hanway spends his holidays in a $13 million

beach house in New Jersey. Meanwhile, regular Americans are routinely denied coverage for the care they need when they need it most. Welcome to the American health insurance industry. Instead of

helping policy holdersbig insurance companies get rich by denying coverage to patients. Now they’re sending lobbyists to Washington, DC to twist the arms of lawmakers to oppose reform of the status quo. Why? Because the status quo

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S t o c k

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UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH.N) shares rose 3.6 percent at midafternoon, WellPoint Inc (WLP.N) climbed 3.3 percent, Aetna Inc (AET.N) increased 5.2 percent, and Coventry Health Care (CVH.N) jumped 5.2 percent. “Investors believe that risk of competition from a governmentrun plan has declined significantly, and that the co-op option

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being floated by Democrat legislators will be relatively benign to the HMO industry,” analysts at Jefferies & Co said in a research note. The S&P Managed Health Care index has risen 18 percent so far this year, with strong gains since July as analysts said investors came to think a public plan was unlikely. See post.

Things are looking up for healthcare insurance companies. The S&P Managed Health Care index .GSPHMO of large U.S. health insurers was up 3.8 percent, soundly outperforming a 2.5 percent decline for the broader S&P 500 index .SPX, following comments from the Obama administration that creating a public plan was not essential to a healthcare overhaul.

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issuers to give you 45 days’ notice when they plan to raise your rate, instead of the 15-day advance notice. You’ll be paying higher rates. More.

Credit card issuers have been rushing to raise rates in advance of this Thursday, when the first provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD) will go into effect, with other protec-

tions starting in February 2010. [Chicago Sun -Times] Starting this week, card issuers need to give you more time to pay your bills. Now, instead of mailing bills 14 days before the due date, issuers must send bills

21 days in advance of the payment date. That will mean fewer people will get hit with late fees because of postal delays. Another provision going into effect this week requires card

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Senator Kent Conrad (D -ND) is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Budget. The Ranking Minority Member is Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Why my interest in Kent Conrad? Because he is the guy that heads up

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the Senate Committee which is pushing a “community health insurance option” which the Physicians for a National Health Program find to be a big mistake. The Senate Budget Committee is about half and half between Republicans and Democ-

Strange as it may be a lot of the trouble with It will be worth your time, getting a decent health I think to read this blog reform bill is Democrats. post. You’ll find out about the Federal Employees This blog post lists Health Benefits Program every Senator on the which covers each of Committee and where these Senators. Why not they get their money. you and me too? Our Senator, John EnRead more.

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N y e - G a t e w a y t o N e v a d a ' s R u r a l s
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August 2009
Senator Reid Visits Pahrump Date: Monday, August 24, 2009 Time: 11:00 a.m. Where: Pahrump Town Office

and healthcare reform to counter the demonstrating Tea Baggers. Prepare your signs to carry in support of Senator Reid and healthcare reform. Contact Margery Behrens at (775) 9109159 or via e-mail

ture, intelligent adults capable of expressing your support in a peaceable manner. Don’t forget some bottled water and a hat to ward off the sun. Now is the time for all good Democrats to come to the aid of their party.

Senator Reid will meet with local officials and at margerykaybehrens@msn.com and Read more. with the Nye County Sheriff’s Department. let her know you intend to participate Reid will be available for questions by the in the counter-demonstration. You may Senator Reid: Tele-Town Hall Aug 28 media for a half hour Monday afternoon.

want to wear an Obama T-shirt or other Town Hall Discussion with Senator I’m informed Tea Baggers intend to dem- clothing showing your support for Harry Reid — Nevadans with 775 and onstrate at Pahrump’s Town Offices at President Obama, Senator Reid 702 area codes are invited to partici11:00 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2009. and healthcare reform at the demonpate in a Telephone Town Hall with stration. It is recommended you be on Senator Reid on Friday, August 28, 2009. To sign up, click here. Democrats are being asked to rally and your best behavior at the demonstrademonstrate in support of Senator Reid tion. Show the Tea Baggers you are ma-

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