Single Payer Fight to Intensify in States if Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 10:54 am

One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as [...]

$80.35 Million in Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Funds Now Getting Redirected to State Budgets

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 8:55 am

I’m trying to keep a running tally of the direct funds to states from the foreclosure fraud settlement that will get diverted to General Funds to fill budget holes. When we last left this story, Maine had decided to send $5.7 million to the general fund, joining Missouri’s $40 million and Wisconsin’s $26 million. So [...]

Vermont Passes Final Version of Single Payer Bill

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 2:14 pm

The Vermont State House wrapped up work on a bill that would bring universal health care to the state, approving the final version and sending it to Governor Peter Shumlin for his signature. Shumlin plans to sign the bill within the next two weeks. The vote today was 94-49. The legislation works within existing structures [...]

Vermont Senate Passes Single Payer Bill

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 8:38 am

Yesterday, the Vermont State Senate passed a bill by a count of 21-9 that would establish a single payer system in the state. The bill has already passed the state House by a count of 92-49, so after a reconciliation process (the bills were slightly different), they can move them on to the Governor for [...]

Obama Backs Wyden/Brown Legislation to Accelerate State Opt-Out of Health Care

By: Monday February 28, 2011 8:35 am

President Obama will announce to the National Governor’s Association today that he supports a measure to allow for a faster state opt-out of the health care law, provided that the states meet certain basic minimum coverage requirements. The announcement is the first time Mr. Obama has called for changing a central component of his signature [...]

Connecticut, Vermont Move Forward on Their Own Health Care Options

By: Friday January 7, 2011 1:30 pm

With talk of repealing health care in the air, I thought it would be a good time to look at a couple New England states going in the opposite direction: Vermont and Connecticut. Both of them are in the midst of designing or recommending alternatives to the private health care market, which could go all [...]

Could The Nelson Medicaid Deal Spark Federalization Of The Program?

By: Monday December 28, 2009 9:31 am

You could see this complaint coming. States which have expanded their own Medicaid programs are upset about being “penalized” by the health care bill. They are not actually being penalized, they are simply missing out on federal aid for expansion that other, stingier states are getting: The bill passed by the Senate on Thursday would [...]

Conservatives Highlighting Sweetheart Deals In Health Care Bill

By: Monday December 21, 2009 12:13 pm

The latest (and perhaps most effective) tactic from the right in trying to derail the Senate health care bill has been to discuss all of the deals made to individual Senators in exchange for their vote. They did this with the “Louisiana Purchase,” a change to Medicaid relief for Lousiana, presumably to get Mary Landrieu [...]

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