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RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs Applaud San Francisco Supervisors’ decision to take closer look at Sutter/CPMC Proposal

RNs with California Nurses Association/National Nurses United who attended the San Francisco Supervisors meeting Tuesday night are glad city officials are taking a closer look at the Sutter/California Pacific Medical Center’s controversial building project in the city. More »

The Patient as Profit Center

The Patient as Profit Center

Why would a company pay an estimated $10 million for access to a patient population? Not the brick and mortar of facility building, nor its machines, computers or other hardware? The answer: the billing opportunity. This is the business model of DaVita, Inc., a Colorado-based for-profit healthcare company that owns and operates more than 1,800 clinics across the U.S.—and some in foreign countries, too. More »

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Today in West Covina, the California Nurses Association summer 2012 Medicare for all bus tour will come to a close. After visiting 18 other California cities since June 19, the nurses will wrap up this run with a bang and with clarity. Three of the subjects of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film SiCKO will be on hand to help lead others in sharing their stories of struggle and frustration with the broken healthcare system. More »

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

Why Not Healthcare for the World?  Get On the Bus

After spending the past month on the California Nurses Association Medicare for all bus tour in California, I am more confident than ever about the prospects of winning guaranteed healthcare for all under an improved Medicare model. Cradle to grave. For life. In California. Everywhere. By Donna Smith More »

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

With the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s a good time to look at what the law does (and doesn’t do): More »

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Take a look at the key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, and where the law falls short. More »

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

Patients find it very difficult to tell in our dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S. whether we are being cared for as people or being worked over for profit potential. It’s frustrating and painful to hear ourselves referred to as consumers or customers rather than patients. Rest assured that when someone labels us as things rather than human beings, it’s more than a difference in terminology; it’s a big, bold statement on exactly where and how we fit. More »

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California: I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion. So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on. It’s a condition that goes along with being on an advocacy tour, without the restorative comforts of home. Today we head for Santa Cruz. Join us! More »

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

Please take a moment to watch this video, see the devastation MNA RNs are suffering in the Northland after the June 20 floods and make an online contribution through MNA to help them! More »

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day. And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity. The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out private health insurance market. Ouch. More »

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts. The stories hurt. The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts. This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California. More »

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare. Cancer doesn’t care. Obamacare. Romneycare. No matter. Cancer doesn’t care. But the nurses do. More »

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Now is not the time for more bailouts to the insurance industry, lowering patient care standards, or abandoning those patients and families who continue to face un-payable medical bills, insurance denials, or who remain uninsured or under insured. Let’s win the reform that can guarantee a single standard of quality care for all: Improved and expanded Medicare. Get Involved! More »

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America. After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare For All to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. More »

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

A modest tax on speculative financial transactions would be some restitution for the human costs of this bank-made crisis. More »

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

The day kicked off with some mischievous merry folk creeping around New York long before the sun was up to mask some of the cities best known statues. By the time sun was up everyone from Ghandi to Andy Warhol was wearing the icon green mask and hat. More »

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

The proposed budget language to suspend the nurse-to-patient ratios for every patient on every unit in the acute care hospitals for the entire period that nurses are away from their patient assignment for meal and rest breaks undermines patient safety in every hospital setting. More »

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. More »

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

With great fanfare this week, the Washington Post reports that United Healthcare plans to keep key consumer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no matter what the Supreme Court rules about the individual insurance purchase mandate. It sounds so, well, friendly and reasonable, doesn’t it? But read it again and then I want to tell you what that really says to America’s patients and to United Healthcare’s policyholders. More »

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

If President Obama is now confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to "revisit" health care in a second term if the Supreme Court throws out his first attempt, as Bloomberg News reported June 1, maybe this time we can get it right. More »

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