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How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick

How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick

On the Cleveland Clinic’s sprawling campus one day last year, the hospital’s brain trust sat in all-white rooms and under soaring ceilings, looking down on a park outside and planning the next expansion of the $8 billion health system. —Dan Diamond, Politico, 07/17/17 More »

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare

A decade after the nation’s top hospitals used all their advertising and lobbying clout to keep their tax-exempt status, pointing to their vast givebacks to their communities, they have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis. —Dan Diamond, Politico, 07/17/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 07/14/17 More »

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future

California Health Care Fight May Show Democratic Party Future

Democrats gear up for the 2018 election, they confront big challenges: Polls in the last election showed a general electorate that deeply distrusted the party’s leaders, while new surveys show the Democratic base has lost faith in government — and now many swing voters believe Democrats aim to help the wealthy. —Lydia O’Neal And David Sirota, International Business Times, 07/12/17 More »

Pollin: Why Single Payer, Now, Is For Real

Pollin: Why Single Payer, Now, Is For Real

IS A SINGLE-PAYER health care system workable in California? My short answer is “yes.” I reached that conclusion by writing a research study, along with co-authors James Heintz, Peter Arno, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim, of the Healthy California single payer bill. —Robert Pollin, Writing for The Intercept, 07/12/17 More »

The Union That Roars: Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push

The Union That Roars: Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push

To some, the California Nurses Association’s political tactics in pushing for a single-payer health system seemed a bit, well, extreme. Others are impressed with the union’s drive and creativity, recalling how in 2005 CNA members taunted California’s then-governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, trailing him wherever he went to protest his attempts to roll back hard-won nurse-to-patient requirements in hospitals. —By Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline, 07/12/17 More »

Judge strikes down St. Louis’ minimum wage increase hours before it takes effect

Judge strikes down St. Louis’ minimum wage increase hours before it takes effect

A circuit judge struck down the city’s minimum wage law on Wednesday just hours before it was set to go into force. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer issued a sobering blow to the city’s law just after 4:30 p.m., declaring it void and out of step with state law. The city quickly said it would appeal to a higher court. —Nicholas J.C. Pistor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 07/11/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/28/17 More »

You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers’ questions on CA’s proposed single-payer plan

You asked, we answered. Here are some of our readers’ questions on CA’s proposed single-payer plan

We had some questions about California’s high-profile bill to establish a single-payer system, in which the state would foot the bill for nearly all healthcare costs of its residents. So we looked into the proposal, asking who would be covered, how it would be paid for and other basic questions about how it would work. —By Melanie Mason, Contact Reporter, LA Times, 06/23/17 More »

All The Health Insurance Companies’ Men Attack

All The Health Insurance Companies’ Men Attack

Whenever health insurance companies face real political pressure they know it’s best to change the messenger. Their executives and spokespeople clam up and turn to paid surrogates who attack reformers in order to take the public’s eye off the ball: health industry price gouging. —Carmen Balber, Capitol Watchdog, 06/23/17 More »

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable

The California Senate recently voted to pass a bill that would establish a single-payer healthcare system for the entire state. The proposal, called the Healthy California Act, will now be taken up by the state Assembly. —By Robert Pollin, writing for LA Times, 06/21/17 More »

Opinion: California has a cure for bad health coverage

Opinion: California has a cure for bad health coverage

As the U.S. Senate rushes to enact secret legislation that could rip away health coverage for millions, with a bill whose only public version even President Donald Trump branded as “mean,” in California we have an antidote that would protect us all. —By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for East Bay Times, 06/20/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/19/17 More »

SB562 would bring health care, not just insurance, to all Californians

SB562 would bring health care, not just insurance, to all Californians

In contrast to the health care horror show unfolding in Washington, California can establish real health care security for our families, neighbors and communities with the Healthy California Act, SB562. —By RoseAnn DeMoro writing for San Francisco Chronicle, 06/19/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 06/07/17 More »

The big media lie about single-payer health care

The big media lie about single-payer health care

The headlines were so consistent, so predictably bad, that I almost couldn’t read them. “Single-payer will cost $400 billion.” “Single-payer costs dwarf entire state budget.” —By Tim Redmond, 48 Hills, 06/05/17 More »

Big winners in California’s new healthcare plan: Households and small businesses

Big winners in California’s new healthcare plan: Households and small businesses

A study by a distinguished group of university economists, released Wednesday at a Capitol news conference, contradicted recent claims by the California State Department of Finance that unfunded healthcare costs would be greater than the entire state budget, or at least overwhelm it. —By Michael Monasky, MultiBriefs, 06/02/17 More »

The California Senate Just Passed Single-Payer Health Care

The California Senate Just Passed Single-Payer Health Care

If health care is a right—and it is—the only honest response to the current crisis is the single-payer “Medicare For All” reform that would bring the United States in line with humane and responsible countries worldwide. —By John Nichols, The Nation, 06/02/17 More »

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases

With President Trump’s decision on U.S. participation in the Paris climate accords expected in the next few days, there has been widespread discussion of the many consequences that climate change will have for us and our children, including extreme weather events, displacement of people, submergence of lands and devastation to our oceans. —By Brian Deese and Ronald A. Klain, The Washington Post, 06/01/17 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 05/25/17 More »

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