How One Woman’s Fight to Create “Everybody In” Health Care Nearly Killed Her

Donna Smith has been a leader in the fight for universal health care for many years and a relentless advocate for health care reform. Read how this HCACF Board member and former Executive Director of the Progressive Democrats of America's dedication has taken its toll on her personal health; yet she continues to pursue and support her dream of universal health care for all. 

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Expanding and Improving Medicare

Eldon Van Der Wege, MBA and
Thomas Billroth Gottlieb, MD

This paper describes the structure of Medicare funding as defined today. The future expansion and improvement of Medicare is further defined with a funding source already defined by existing federal law.

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Health Insurers Writing Big Checks to Democrats as Single Payer Support Grows

Political action committees of the 5 biggest for-profit health insurers - Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Cigna and United Health – are making large campaign donations to almost as many congressional Democrats as Republicans, in order to counter growing popular support for single payer insurance. As much as they oppose single payer, commercial insurers promote Medicare Advantage plans, which have become increasingly profitable to private insurers. The Coalition for Medicare Choices, created by AHIP, claims to be for the people, but is lobbying Congress to protect insurers’ Medicare Advantage profits.

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Insurers’ donations to House Democrats by company as % of total contributions to date
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Articles for the Cause Updates

Visit our "Articles for the Cause" page to see some new healthcare articles.  Then join the conversation and share your thoughts. Is the AMA joining the movement? Is single-payer the same as Medicare for All?  Is single-payer possible if the government is run by corporations  Update: This page is now called "Health Care Reform Articles".

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New Health Care Forum Page

Please visit our new page called "Health Care Forum" and join the conversation.  We welcome hearing your thoughts and ideas about healthcare and healthcare reform.   New items will be listed weekly.

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Candidate Health Care Reform Questionnaire

The Candidate Health Reform Questionnaire redefines health care reform dialogue in terms of financial sustainability and actuarially-sound insurance policy, based on that most basic insurance concept - a single large risk pool. Only diversification of risk through single large-risk pool insurance can lower costs and provide equitable benefits for all. 

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Medicaid: Work Requirements Don't Work

The Medicaid Program is designed to provide health and social services to the vulnerable. The intent of a “work program” is to punish, not provide help.   

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New Healthcare Articles

Please visit our "Health Care Reform Articles " page to find relevant articles on healthcare and and current statistics.  

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Caucus Resolution: Single Public Payer Health Insurance

Background facts regarding sustainability of Single Public Payer Health Insurance model vs. the unsustainable Multiple Payer Insurance model. Includes a draft Caucus Resolution to bring to Party Caucuses on March 6, 2018.

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Public Takings of Private Insurance

Eldon Van Der Wege, MBA and
Thomas Billroth Gottlieb, MD

The last clause of the fifth amendment of the US Constitution is known as the “Takings Clause”. Constitutional takings refer to the government depriving owners of their interest in private property. The takings require payment of compensation based on the value of the property.

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