August 27, 2009 | Health
Senator Edward Kennedy’s many inspiring messages include: “Let us at long last make the basic right to health care a reality for all.” And at the Democratic National Convention last summer: “This is the cause of my life — new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every... Keep reading »
August 25, 2009 | Health
As if to justify the recent vitriolic castigation of insurance companies, this L.A. Times article chronicles how the insurance companies stand to reap huge windfalls from “health reform.” These anticipated windfalls would be achieved at a direct cost to those that insurers are supposed to insure... Keep reading »
July 30, 2009 | Health
NESRI's Human Right to Health Program Director, Anja Rudiger, posted " Why 'Health Insurance Reform' Fails to Meet Human Rights Principles" on OpenForum , a blog supported by the community of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal . Read the full post. Keep reading »
July 24, 2009 | Health
How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some things we just didn't do for money. The United States always defined capitalism, but... Keep reading »
July 23, 2009 | Health
In yesterday’s press conference, President Obama was asked to what extent the Democrats’ health care reform proposal would expand coverage. In reply, the President admitted that the proposal would not cover everyone and that the only way to do so would be with a single payer system. Universal... Keep reading »
July 17, 2009 | Health
Today the House Committee on Education and Labor voted 25 to 19 to pass Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s amendment to the health care reform bill. This amendment, if it passes in the full House and Senate, will allow states to create single-payer health care systems if they choose to. Last month, on... Keep reading »
June 19, 2009 | Health
In an E-Alert released today, AI USA stated that the current draft of health care reform legislation falls far short of fulfilling a human rights vision. AI USA suggests that one reason for this is that single-payer advocates, a crucial human rights constituency, have been largely excluded from the... Keep reading »
June 4, 2009 | Health
At a critical moment for health care reform in the United States, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative ( NESRI ) has published an in-depth assessment of single payer proposals, finding that single payer plans go further towards meeting key human rights standards than market-based... Keep reading »
June 3, 2009 | Health
When Senator Max Baucus finally met with single-payer advocates today, he told them he would not include any single-payer supporters in future hearings. Although Baucus has reportedly acknowledged his mistake in not including single-payer health coverage advocates in previous hearings, he maintains... Keep reading »
May 1, 2009 | Health
The Vermont Workers' Center and an estimated thousand Vermonter rallied at the statehouse in Montpelier for a Health Care is a Human Right Rally. The rally aimed to shift the way people think about health care and build enough power to change what is “politically possible” in Vermont. The rally... Keep reading »