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FCAN advocates for public option health plan listen

06/24/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new ABC/Washington Post survey shows that a majority of Americans support health care reform, yet are suspicious of its impact.

The poll shows that 62 percent support a government funded entity to offer health insurance to those who don’t get it elsewhere- but if that were to cause private insurers to go out of business, as critics charge, support plummets to 37 percent.

Jessica Pemble is with FCAN, the Florida Consumer Action Network based in Tampa. She was headed to Washington th...

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Pinellas residents worry health care reform may not happen listen

06/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A leading Senate Democrat yesterday said President Barack Obama may not have enough support in the Senate for an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.

California’s Dianne Feinstein, told CNN’s State Of the Union that there may not be the votes to pass health care reform. Indiana Republican Richard Lugar said that overhaul should be done slowly, but definitely not this year.

This past Saturday, approximately three dozen people gathered for a forum on health care reform at the Sem...

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Health care experts call for 'play or pay' requirement listen

06/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As the health care debate heats up in Washington, two new reports arguing that an essential employer health mandate be part of any health care reform plan were released today.

Also a statement signed by more than 330 health care experts and economists was published today echoing President Barack Obama’s call for health care reform happening this year.

MIT Economics professor Jonathan Gruber was one of those signatories. He said that getting rid of the current employer based insurance sy...

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Study: Uninsured are costly for those with insurance listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The average U.S. family and their employers paid an extra $1,017 in health care premiums last year to compensate for the uninsured, according to a study released today by an advocacy group for health care consumers.

Families USA, which supports expanded health care coverage, found that about 37 percent of health care costs for people without insurance — or a total of $42.7 billion — went unpaid last year. That cost eventually was shifted to the insured through higher premiums, according to...

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Critics picket single payer health care rally in Tampa listen

05/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Rallies on behalf of having the government sponsor a single payer form of health care are being held throughout the week across the country.

In Tampa this afternoon, approximately two dozen supporters of such a health care system stood outside the federal building on Florida Avenue.

Chris Clement lives in Ozona. He said he wants a health care plan that shouldn’t be linked to an employer.

Although there is a bill in the House sponsored by Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich and Michigan’s John Co...

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Why is single payer being left out of health reform debate?

05/26/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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For the next two months politicians in Washington will be debating whether and how to reform the nation’s health care system. The United States is the only leading industrialized nation without a national health care system.

In this country, some 45 million Americans are without health insurance on any given day. And without health insurance, people are forced to get treatment in emergency rooms at a much higher cost to themselves and society. The U.S. has a lower life expectancy rate and...

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Columnist discusses how Obama might pay for health care reform listen

05/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While standing alongside President Obama yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representatives will have a health care reform bill to vote on by the end of July.

Details are few about what that bill will look like, and just as important, how it will be funded.

Yesterday WMNF spoke with New York Times Business Columnist David Leonhardt, who wrote about the issue on Wednesday. In addition to raising taxes, Leonhardt suggests cutting health care spending would also rais...

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Doctor calls for health care not warfare

05/09/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Margaret Flowers, co-chair of the Maryland Physicians for National Health Program, and Donna Smith, Community Organizer of California Nurses Association and National Co-chair of Progressive Democrats of America “Healthcare Not Warfare Campaign, were our guests.

Did you read about the Maryland Pediatrician who was cuffed like a criminal and pushed out the door at the Senate Finance Committee’s roundtable discussion of healthcare? Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Maryland Pediatrician was that ...

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Health care advocates push for reform listen

04/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As Congress prepares to begin work on one of President Barack Obama’s signatures core issues, health care reform, an advocacy group today said that more than four million people in Florida now spend more than 10 percent of their pre-tax income on insurance.

And according to that group, Families USA, more than three-quarters of those people actually have health insurance.

Tampa area Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor says the report highlights the exoribitant costs for families who ac...

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Health insurance is not synonymous with health care

04/25/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Dr. Rachel Nardin is president of the Massachusetts Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Care Program. Dr. Nardin is a neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and assistant professor of neurology at Harvard.

She talked about the Massachusetts health care reform and the importance of looking very critically at what has and has not worked. She will talk about the problems with the Massachusetts reform and the letter from nearly 500 Massachusetts physicians to...

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