November 10, 2007

I'm Covered, Fuck You

From Corporate Crime Reporter:
AFL-CIO Leaders Work To Derail Rank And File Drive For Single Payer
ON, D.C., NOVEMBER 9, 2007
Does the leadership of the AFL-CIO favor a single payer, Canadian-style, Medicare-for-all, health insurance system?
They do not.
…AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and his fellow labor union bosses are actively working to derail the rank and file movement for single payer.
Sweeney and leaders of the SEIU, UFCW, Bricklayers, Laborers, and Teamsters – along with DLA Piper partner and former Congressman Dick Gephardt – yesterday put their stamp of approval on a employer-based state health insurance reform plan by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D).
The Illinois plan is similar to one introduced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for California and Governor Ed Rendell (D) for Pennsylvania.
These employer based “reforms” have been roundly criticized by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and the California Nurses Association (CNA) as undermining the nationwide drive for single payer.

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