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Fifty medical doctors who favor a single payer health insurance system (recently) urged the US Supreme Court to strike down the individual mandate.
In a brief filed with the Court, the fifty doctors and two non-profit groups – Single Payer Action and It’s Our Economy – said that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional.
The individual mandate is the provision of the ACA that requires Americans to purchase health insurance from private insurance companies if they do not otherwise have coverage.
The doctors are challenging the government’s claim that the individual mandate is necessary to reach Congress’ goal of universal coverage.
The death panels are already here, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
What happens when drug shortages spike? You hope to get lucky, like me
Social Crisis in America: Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care, Shamus Cooke, Global Research
If the labor and Occupy Movements unite to organize massive, ongoing demonstrations for these basic demands, the potential for a mass movement will have been realized. The majority of Americans would find common cause with such a movement, and after seeing masses of people in the streets, will believe that the fight can be won.
3 big health insurers stockpile $2.4 billion as rates keep rising, Carol M. Ostrom, Seattle (WA) Times
Noting that health-insurance companies are amassing growing surpluses while raising rates, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says lawmakers should allow him to consider an insurer's surplus before he agrees to any rate increase.