From the Blog
Nursing Assistant Works to Improve Health Care in New Hampshire
For 32 years, nursing assistant Brenda Howard has never quit serving the patients of her community. And now she’ll serve her state on the new commission for health care workforce.
Nurses Help Us Every Day – Now it’s Our Turn to Help Them
This week – National Nurses Week – we honor these public service superheroes whose work is sometimes dangerous.
Budget Proposal Includes Help for Working Families
With his latest budget proposal, President Obama is sending a strong message to Congress: the economy may be improving, but without serious investments in healthcare, education and infrastructure, the middle class will be left behind.
Cab Drivers Host Health Care, Medicaid Fairs
Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 in Chicago hosted fairs to help drivers get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Why Hillary Clinton Matters to Iowans
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Pres. Danny Homan: “In 2016, our candidate for president is Hillary Clinton. Put simply, she gets it.”
Kentucky’s Tea Party Governor Set to Throw 400,000 Off Health Insurance Rolls
Kentucky’s governor-elect and tea party favorite Matt Bevin is expected to move ahead with his plan to dismantle the state’s Affordable Care Act program and throw more than 400,000 Kentuckians back into the ranks of the uninsured.
Union Coalition Defeats Dialysis Privatization Scheme
A coalition of New York City unions, including AFSCME’s DC 37, helped stop privatization of dialysis services at four public hospitals by a for-profit operator with a questionable quality-of-care record.
Thank – and Protect – a Nurse!
AFSCME nurses across the nation are celebrating National Nurses Week, a good time to remind the American people how important nurses are in delivering quality health care to people everywhere.
AFSCME Urges Renewal of Zadroga 9/11 Law
Supporters of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act are urging Congress to make the law permanent. Since 2011, it has helped thousands of individuals and their families cope with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
UC Doctors Strike Again Over Unfair Labor Practices
University of California doctors at the northern campus student health centers went on strike over Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) April 9, and doctors at the Southern California campuses were set to strike April 11.
Arbitrator Rules for Iowa State Employees on Health Care
An arbitrator empowered to determine a contract impasse between the State of Iowa and its 19,000 state and judicial branch employees ruled in favor of the workers when it accepted the union’s health insurance proposal.
Fifth Anniversary of ACA Is Cause for Celebration
Today, March 23, is the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a law that helped 16.4 million people obtain or keep health insurance. That’s cause for celebration.
Rally at Supreme Court Backs Affordable Care Act
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rallied Wednesday outside the U.S. Supreme Court to urge the justices to protect health care subsidies for 8 million people. AFSCME, an important player in promoting the ACA, was out in force to defend the subsidies.
Tentative EMS Deal in California Shows AMR the Way Forward
Jamie Field, a 23-year EMT, has a message for EMS professionals struggling to make ends meet: "If you're not in a union you should be. Union means better pay, better health care and more security for the future."
Walker Pound Foolish on Wisconsin Senior Drug Plan
Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut $15 million from a prescription drug program for seniors. This would also lead to a loss of $15 million in federal funding.
Thank you, Abbey
Watch as community members came together and gave Abbey Newberry a huge surprise to say thank you for her hard work as a caregiver for a non-family member named Kenneth.
District 1199C Gets $4 Million to Train Unemployed
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund a grant of nearly $4 million to train long-term unemployed residents for health care careers.
GOP Govs Cutting Off Noses To Spite… Obama
Millions of Americans are waiting for medical care because they live in states whose legislatures or governors are obstructing the Affordable Care Act out of pure political spite.
The wage war for public workers’ unions
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday, June 30th that home care and child care providers members were not required to pay fair share dues. Dorian Warren from the Roosevelt Institute discusses how this affects unions.
What Moms Really Want
We know that our issues are at the heart of how we support working families in America and how we must strengthen our nation's fragile economic health.
Life Through a Caregiver’s Eyes
Photo project captures the economic struggle and physical demands shared by home care providers.
Union Families, Not Just Members, Are Better Off
Workers with union contracts are far more likely to receive benefits their families can use.
AFSCME Iowa Corrections Officers Recognize Our Veterans
Local 2985 donated $775 to the Iowa Veterans Welcome Center in Coralville.
California Governor's Budget Is Bad Medicine for Home Care Recipients
Drastic cuts in hours for tens of thousands of caregivers would also limit their ability to earn a living.
Outsourcing Defeated: Costly Contract Ending in Illinois
Illinois will save $18 million annually by returning work to state employees
AFSCME Helps Save Chicago Breast Cancer Screenings
A plan to outsource the service would have eliminated a program that benefits thousands of women every year.
AFSCME Seeks Cure for Interpreter Deficiency in California
UDW Homecare Providers/AFSCME is working to pass legislation to create a workforce of medical interpreter.
Thanks to Affordable Care Act, California Home Care Providers Find Help When They Need It
Affordable health care is a good thing. Ask one of the thousands of homecare providers in California.
Senators: Strengthen Social Security, Expand Benefits
Senators Brown, Harkin co-sponsor the Strengthen Social Security Act of 2013
Providers Gather for First AFSCME National Home Care Conference
Event follows historic organizing win for 7,500 providers voting ‘AFSCME’
Why Is Affordable Health Care Such a Bitter Pill for Some to Swallow?
AFSCME will do everything in our power to make sure that the Affordable Care Act succeeds.
Downsizing at Ohio Developmental Center Goes Too Far
Layoffs could have harmful consequences for center residents.
Shutdown deal reached in Congress
Senate-crafted agreement ends Republican-led federal government shutdown.
California Domestic Workers win seven-year battle for workplace rights
New law is the first step to take care of California caretakers
Illinois AFSCME Members Signing Up the State’s 1.8 Million Uninsured
AFSCME members in Illinois sign up state’s uninsured as eligibility expands under the Affordable Care Act
University of Minnesota AFSCME Members Rally for Health Care with Help from Activist and Folk Singer Billy Bragg
University of Minnesota AFSCME members rally for health care with help from activist and singer Billy Bragg
Supporters Celebrate Kick-off of Affordable Care Act
Despite the government shutdown, families can begin shopping for health care plans starting today.
It’s Time for Extremists in Congress to Stop Holding our Country Hostage
800,000 federal government employees are out of work, including AFSCME members.
Language Barriers Continue to Affect Safety of California Patients
Advocates push for a bill allowing federal funding of a certified medical-interpreter program
President Saunders on MSNBC: We March to Change Our Country for the Better
On PoliticsNation, Pres. Lee Saunders discussed the fight for civil rights and opportunity in America.
AFSCME.TV: Nurses Are the Heart of Health Care
Hundreds of AFSCME nurses gathered to fight for improved conditions for nurses and patients.
Elected Officials Come Out In Support of UC Workers on Strike
AFSCME Local 3299 members are on their second day demanding improved patient care at UC hospitals.
California Interpreters Push State for More Trained Interpreters
Over the next five years, 3 million Californians will require language assistance in health care.
AFSCME Nurses Leave DC Ready to Organize
The 14th National Nurses Congress brought together nursing professionals from across the country.
UC Hospital Workers to Strike for Their Patients and Families
Misguided priorities are undermining patient care in California’s fourth largest healthcare delivery system.
Your Story Can Make a Difference
The work you do every day makes a difference. So do your stories. Share your story at www.afscme.org/story.
Shutdown of New Jersey Centers Likely to Upset Lives of Most Vulnerable
AFSCME is leading an active coalition to keep the Woodbridge and North Jersey developmental centers open.
Cuts in Mental-Health Funding Pose Risks for States
Spotlight on intersection between mental-health disease and gun violence highlights need for more support.
Governors Who Reject Medicaid Expansion Will Harm Workers, Families
Several governors say they will refuse to set up health care purchasing “exchanges.”
Register Now for Dynamic Legislative Conference
Want to raise your voice for workers? Come to Washington, DC, and do just that.
AFSCME Retiree, 92, Doesn’t Let Age Slow Activism
Rosyln Sims, a former school librarian in Youngstown City, Ohio, has activism in her blood.
Protect Medicare, Protect Nurses
Cuts to Medicare would mean job losses for nurses. AFSCME is working to stop them.
America’s Workers Fed Up With Romney’s Say Anything Strategy
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool AFSCME members any time.
Romney’s Policies Put American Women in a Bind
When it comes time to vote, women won’t forget Romney’s refusal to acknowledge our rights.
Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Fight for Fairness
On MSNBC, Pres. Lee Saunders says Joe Biden made the case for the middle class.
Meet the New Mitt. Same As the Old Mitt.
With his campaign on the skids, Romney tries on a number of personas – none of them authentic.
Romney Shakes the Etch-A-Sketch Again
The candidate who doesn’t care about the poor or the 47% also disregards the truth.
Meet Richard Hayes: He Collects Mitt Romney’s Trash
Videos spotlight public service workers, underscore Romney’s arrogant dismissal of nearly half of all Americans.
Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech Light on Reality
Wisconsin retirees: Paul Ryan would “tear seniors’ safety net to shreds.”
Warren to Christie: Not So Fast
Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren calls out Gov. Chris Christie on his RNC keynote speech.
Report Gives House’s Extreme Anti-Worker Agenda a Failing Grade
Right-wing Republicans get an “F” when it comes to creating jobs and protecting workers’ rights.
Romney Protest Shines Light on Why He’s No Good for America
Union members, allies, protest Romney’s policies at GOP Presidential candidate’s fundraiser in Toledo, Ohio.
AFSCME Member Discusses Retirement Security at White House
New York retiree Stuart Leibowitz spoke of the need to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Boehner Bunch Still Trying to Repeal Obamacare
Despite the Supreme Court ruling upholding health reform, Republican leaders refuse to let go.
Mitt Romney’s “Fake-Facts”
The Romney campaign is attempting to distort the real impact of the Affordable Care Act.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders on MSNBC
AFSCME President Lee Saunders appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation last night to discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, the 2012 elections and the ongoing attacks against working families across the country.
President Obama Reacts to High Court Health Care Affirmation
Remarks from the White House following the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Supreme Court: Obamacare is Constitutional
High court upholds President Obama’s health care reform law, which AFSCME helped champion.
Honor Nurses by Supporting Nurse-Patient Staffing Bill
National Nurses Week is a time to honor nurses by helping them.
Romney’s Clearer Path Thrusts Ryan Budget in the Spotlight
Republican budget plan attacks working families, slashes benefits, and ends Medicaid coverage for millions.
Five Myths about the Ryan Budget
The top myths about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan in 140 characters or less.
Supreme Court Justices Urged to ‘Protect the Law!’
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act speak out as three days of hearings begin.
Stand Up for the Affordable Care Act
Supporters are organizing picket lines on Monday in front of the Supreme Court.
Toomey Super Committee Plan Would Raise Taxes on Working Families to Protect Wall Street
Dangerous proposal would endanger health coverage for working Americans while reducing taxes on the wealthiest.
House GOP’s Cantor Says Medicare & Medicaid Promises May Not Be Kept
As programs turn 46, Rep. Cantor threatens to hang millions of Americans out to dry.
Shared Sacrifice? Not in the ‘Gang of Six’ Plan
Ad tells it straight about the shortcomings of the “Gang of Six” deficit plan.
Rep. Ryan Wants to Push Retirees Back into the “Donut Hole”
Budget proposal would repeal Affordable Care Act provisions providing relief from high prescription drug costs.
Women at Greater Risk if Health Care Reform Isn't Implemented
Changes required by the Affordable Care Act will ease health care cost burden on women.
AFSCME Nurses in DC this Week to Fight for Medicaid, Medicare
National Nurses Congress attendees will attend workshops, hear speakers and meet with members of Congress.
Florida Legislature Pulls Plug on Privatization of Northeast Florida State Hospital
One of the many dangerous proposals in Gov. Rick Scott's budget is now off the table.
A Big Hug for the Insurance Industry from House GOP
Republicans abandoned any pretense of caring about health care reform Wednesday. They gave the insurance industry one whopper of an embrace when they voted to throw out protections for America’s working families [...]
Stop the Health Care Repeal
In one of their very first official acts, the new Republican House leadership will hold a vote on Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health reform law enacted last year.
E-Mails Show Fox Driving Radical Right Agenda
Reports that a Fox News editor directed his staff to use a politically charged phrase recommended by a Republican pollster to misrepresent the Democrats' health care reform plan is proof that Fox is driving a radical right-wing political agenda [...]
New Report: Affordable Care Act Could Save Families Over $3,000 Per Year
A post on the White House blog highlights a new report from the Commonwealth Fund which demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act will help drive down premiums and save money for Americans across the country.
Drop It or Stop It
Republicans spent an astounding amount of time during the 2010 campaign rallying against the Affordable Care Act — a law that will end the worst insurance company abuses [...]
Stop the Lies
Health insurance industry front groups and their allies are flooding the airwaves with political ads that lie about health reform and its supporters, so Health Care for America Now is using laughter to fight back.
Americans Believe in Death Panels?
USA Today reported late last week that according to three recent polls, Americans continue to have dramatic misunderstandings about the health care reform law passed earlier this year.
Opposition to Health Care Reform Dwindles
A new poll out Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a consistent 50 percent of the public supports the health care reform law passed this year while opposition to the law is down to just 35 percent this month.
What Financial Reform Means
Big business, big banks, Wall Street, and the CEOs of America’s top companies said that passing health care reform would amount to a “government takeover” of our nation’s health care system.
Medicare and the New Health Law
Throughout this week, Medicare beneficiaries across the country should be receiving copies of a brochure “Medicare and the New Health Law – What it Means for You” in their mailboxes.
Support Our Nurses With Our Hearts and Deeds
We don’t often think about nurses until we need them. But we should, because by then we probably need the care they provide, and it’s too late to wonder if they’re getting all the help they need
Rumors That Won’t Die
Just because President Obama has signed health care reform into law doesn’t mean the falsehoods, distortions and misleading rumors about what’s contained in the legislation have stopped.
Big Winner in Health Care: You
U.S. News & World Report has assembled a list of groups who gained the most and had the biggest impact during the campaign for health insurance reform in a report titled “10 Winners in the Healthcare Debate.”
A Remarkable Achievement
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee’s statement on the final passage of the health care reconciliation bill.
Cows on the Track
Michael Steele, the hapless chairman of the Republican National Committee, was asked a while back by Fox News how he would stop health care reform. “I will be the cow on the track,” he answered.
A Monumentally Important Victory for Our Country
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee released the following statement regarding the historic vote for health care reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
AFSCME’s GOP First Aid Kit
AFSCME today began distributing hundreds of first aid kits for protection against the deadly virus of opposition to health care reform being spread by the GOP and their allies.
Out of Control
As Congress stands ready to cast a historic vote on health care reform, AFSCME and a coalition of pro-reform groups have launched a series of television ads as part of a final push for passage of the legislation.
This Is the Week
This is the week we’ve been waiting for. This is the week when Democrats in Congress can prove that it is still possible for our political institutions to stand with the American people in a time of crisis.
Video: Stop Big Insurance
On March 9th, hundreds of AFSCME members joined thousands of union members and health care advocates brought together by Health Care for America NOW! to perform a citizens' arrest of health insurance executives.
Greed Under Arrest
Thousands of demonstrators, including hundreds of AFSCME members, participated in a “mass citizens’ arrest” of health insurance executives as they met in our nation’s capital on Tuesday to plan their continued efforts to defeat health care reform.
It's Time: Confronting Health Insurance CEOs in DC
As the leaders of America’s health insurance industry meet today at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC, thousands of working men and women are urging Congress to take a stand against efforts to kill health care reform.
Best. Graph. Ever.
Consider three bills — two of them passed under budget reconciliation, the third heading for budget reconciliation. Each had an effect on the fiscal health of the nation, calculated by the Congressional Budget Office.
Principled Stand? Hardly.
This morning, in yet another slap to the face of struggling, out-of-work Americans, miserly GOP Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky again roadblocked measures in the Senate to extend unemployment benefits to 400,000 Americans.
Not satisfied with record-breaking profits of $12.5 billion last year – a whooping 56 percent spike from 2008 – the nation’s five largest insurance companies have the audacity to raise their premiums on thousands of families.
The State of Our Union
President Obama made it clear last night that he will fight for jobs. He knows that we cannot lose sight of the millions of working families who are still suffering from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.
Insurance Industry Lies v. the American People
With Congress on the verge of passing historic health care reform, opponents are apparently willing to do just about anything to stop our efforts to fix the health care crisis, drive costs down and cover all Americans.
Union Coalition Opposes Excise Tax
A group of 16 unions, including AFSCME, representing nearly nine million federal and postal employees and retirees sent a letter to key leaders in Congress this week calling for the removal of the proposed excise tax on high-cost insurance plans.
Finish Reform Right - Don't Tax Health Benefits
Working families are struggling with the high cost of health care, yet the health care bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve would tax their health care benefits. That’s a terrible mistake.
Finish Health Reform Right
The U.S. Senate passed its version of health care reform on Christmas Eve, and now Democratic leaders are merging the bill with the one passed by the House of Representatives in November.
Millionaire Limbaugh Says Health Care System ‘Just Dandy’
Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a hospital in Hawaii last week after he complained of chest pains and had reportedly been taken from his hotel “in serious condition.”
Politics Daily: Cadillac Tax Would Hit Hard
Politics Daily looks at the effects of the so-called “Cadillac tax” included in the Senate health care bill. Originally intended as a way to finance reform by taxing the type of expensive benefit plans enjoyed by Wall Street executives.
GOP's McConnell Called Out by Constituents
During recent debate on the Senate floor, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he had “not met one” person in his state who supports health care reform. He has now.
Nurses Keep Fighting for Reform
Wearing medical scrubs with the slogan, “House Calls for Health Care,” AFSCME nurses took the case for real health care reform directly to the people of Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, and North Dakota over the weekend.
AFL-CIO Ad: Don't Tax Health Benefits
The AFL-CIO has launched a new TV ad that sends a clear message: “Pass Health Care. Don’t Tax Health Benefits.” The ad emphasizes that taxing benefits will lead companies to cut benefits and will shift cost burdens to families that can’t afford it.
Cadillac Tax Would Lead to Cuts in Health Benefits
An independent study released this week finds that the excise tax on higher-cost health plans would adversely impact the middle class by shifting more costs to workers.
AFSCME Retirees Fighting for Health Reform
Now that health care reform has passed in the House, it faces a tough challenge in the Senate as opponents of reform try anything to stop it, including scaring seniors with myths and misinformation.
Thanking Congress for Making History
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee praised Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing the historic Affordable Health Care for America Act.
Daily Kos Turns AFSCME Green
If you’ve visited Daily Kos today, you probably noticed the familiar orange color has been updated with a healthy dose of AFSCME green.
Let's Make It Happen Now!
The House of Representatives finally will vote on health care reform legislation as soon as Saturday. This is a truly historic and defining moment for our nation. Will we meet one of the most important challenges of our generation?
“The Time Has Come”
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee issued the following statement regarding the introduction of the Affordable Health Care for America Act.
Health Reform's Chevy Tax
The Senate health care legislation announced by Sen. Harry Reid on Monday will include a public option, but would pay for reform by taxing more costly, so-called “Cadillac” plans.
Sen. Reid Announces Bill with Public Option
Earlier this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) held a press conference to announce that the merged Senate health reform bill will include a public option which would allow individual states to opt out.
AHIP MIA: Standing Up to the Health Insurance Lobby
Yesterday afternoon, AFSCME joined more than 500 union members and health care activists at a rally in Washington, DC, where lobby group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) was holding a conference just around the corner from our DC headquarters.
Health Insurance Industry’s ‘Duplicitous’ Campaign to Kill Reform
The veil has finally come off the insurance companies’ charade as one of the insurance industry’s top lobbyists, Steve Champlin told Republican Members of Congress not to vote for health reform under any circumstances.
Health Insurance Track Meet
A new ad from MoveOn.org shows actress Heather Graham as the public option, forcing “lazy, bloated” private insurance companies to get back in the race and compete.
Majority and Rising for Public Option
Public support for a public health insurance option is increasing, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. 57 percent of all Americans now favor a public option, up from 52 percent in mid-August.
It's Time to Deliver
Today I hope you’ll join me in a national call-in day for health insurance reform. Tell members of Congress that we need a public health insurance option, a requirement that employers provide coverage and no taxing our benefits.
House Calls for Health Care
Last Saturday, AFSCME nurses from around the country joined community leaders in scrubs to canvass neighborhoods as part of our “House Calls for Health Care” initiative. AFSCME nurses knocked on doors in ND, NE, AR, LA, IN, OH, DE and ME.
Real Health Care Reform. Nothing Less.
AFSCME and more than two dozen other unions have a full page ad in today’s Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call and The Hill newspapers in response to the Senate Finance health care bill that was voted out of committee yesterday.
Out of Touch
You know Congressional Republicans are out-of-touch with the American people on health insurance reform when even former Republican Senate Majority Leader and GOP nominee for President Bob Dole says so, notes a new web video released today.
Don’t Tax Health Care Benefits
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) announced Wednesday that 156 Democratic members of Congress oppose taxing health care benefit plans to pay for health care reform.
National Call-in Day for Health Care Reform
Soon you’ll know your senators’ true colors because the fight for real health insurance reform is coming to a head. There will be floor votes in Congress any day now. Ttens of thousands of working people are joining a national call-in day for reform.
Doctors Say Congress Must Include Public Option in Health Care Reform
On Friday in Oakland, California, the Union of American Physicians & Dentists (UAPD – an AFSCME affiliate) and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi announced the results of a survey that shows doctors overwhelmingly support offering a public option.
Burst Boehner's Bubble
Yesterday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he hasn’t met an American who supports the public option.
Stacie Ritter Lost Everything. CIGNA CEO Ed Hanway Bought Another House.
AFSCME-backed Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the nation’s largest health care campaign, launched the next phase in its ongoing “Sick of It” push for insurance accountability today.
One Battle in the War for Reform
Yesterday, we fought a battle for the public health insurance option. Though we didn’t win it, we came away with a strong showing that put us in a better position for the coming war.
Insurers Spend $585M to Scuttle Meaningful Health Care Reform
Health insurance companies and HMOs spent $585,725,712 over the past two and a half years to scuttle meaningful health care reform, according to the nonpartisan group Public Campaign Action Fund.
The Senate Finance Committee is currently considering a deeply flawed health care reform bill that, as former insurance company executive Wendell Potter said, is a “gift to the insurance industry.”
Doctors Support the Public Option
The New England Journal of Medicine just released a survey of more than 2,100 physicians that shows overwhelming support for including a public insurance option in health care reform. A public health insurance option would help lower costs and more.
We Have Death Panels...
"...They call them insurance companies."
— incoming AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, as quoted by the New York Times.
Standing for Meaningful Health Reform
The Senate Finance Committee is getting ready to debate a health care bill that does not come close to meeting the needs of America’s working families. Nor does it meet the standards President Obama laid out in his address last week to Congress.
How to Get Rich
Health Care for America Now launched a new ad campaign today with a clear message: if the insurance companies win their battle to kill health care reform, we all lose.
Obama and Labor: Fired Up!
President Obama just ended his speech to the delegates at the AFL-CIO 2009 Convention in Pittsburgh, where he pledged to grow the middle class and strengthen the labor movement.
Now Is the Season for Action
Addressing a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Obama made the case for meaningful health care reform. The speech “re-energized the forces for reform and has set a clear path for victory,” says AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee.
Who Needs Death Panels When There's Recission
The health insurance industry and its shills have stirred up a lot of panic about health insurance reform by conjuring up “death panels.” These claims are patently false and distract from the fact that private insurers are already doing [...]
With Congress in recess for August, the opponents of health care reform deployed operatives to congressional town hall meetings to use thuggish behavior to disrupt constructive conversations and silence Americans calling for reform.
The Death of a Friend
In nearly 47 years spent serving the American people, Ted Kennedy never stepped away from a fight, never stopped being a champion of the middle class, never ceased being a friend to labor and working families.
Many Generations, One Call for Change
The Highway to Health Care RV pulled into Wilmington’s Rodney Square earlier today and was greeted by over 200 Delawareans who want real health care reform, capping two busy days that saw reformers from three generations come together.
Real Death Panels
Death panels aren’t coming in health care legislation — they’re already here. As reported by Salon.com, Americans United for Change has launched a TV ad turning the tables on the debunked charge made up by opponents of health insurance reform.
A Contrast to Mob Mentality
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a report yesterday on our Highway to Health Care event in front of the state Capitol in Little Rock — and the importance of Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s support of a public option.
National Health Care Forum with President Obama
As we continue on the Highway to Health Care Tour, the messages left on our map have been a constant reminder of why we need reform that keeps the insurance industry honest and lowers our costs.
We’re Not Asking for the Moon
During Saturday’s Highway to Health Care event in downtown Lincoln, NE, the crowd got a health care reform history lesson from Vince Powers. It was 100 years ago that President Teddy Roosevelt — a Republican — said the country needed national health care.
GOP on Health Care: Profits Ahead of People
A new ad campaign from AFSCME and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) targets Republican leadership in the House and Senate and seven additional Republican members of Congress who are blocking comprehensive health insurance reform.
Senior Scare Tactics
Well, our Highway to Health Care Reform Tour has been on the road for a week, and judging from our Facebook page, it’s been a big success so far (don’t forget to suggest it to your friends).
On the Road to Reform
Well, it’s begun. On Wednesday, AFSCME’s Highway to Health Care Reform tour officially launched in Bismarck, ND after making a couple pit stops in Montana.
Countering the Lies about Health Care Reform
The opponents of health care reform are spreading lies and chaos to try to kill the health care reform that millions of Americans need. AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee rebutted those lies on the Huffington Post and Firedoglake.
AFSCME Hits the Road for Health Care Reform — Want to Come Along?
Congress is on recess this month – but AFSCME is not. Health care isn’t working for America’s middle class. It’s too expensive and too uncertain – and it’s crippling our nation’s economy.
Congratulations Justice Sotomayor!
Following the U.S. Senate’s 68 to 31 vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee released the following statement.
Right-Wing Harassment Memo
The progressive web site ThinkProgress.org has posted additional information about the DC-driven right wing campaign to disrupt Congressional town hall meetings and destroy any constructive dialog on health care reform.
Shouting Down Reform
Republicans have made it clear since the spring that they want to kill any chance at health care reform. Now, as Congress recesses for August, the opponents of health care reform are sending operatives to congressional town hall meetings.
McEntee on The Stephanie Miller Show
On Tuesday, AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee discussed the need for grassroots action in support of health care reform with Stephanie Miller, the host of radio’s The Stephanie Miller Show.
No Tax on Health Benefits
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee, in a story on National Public Radio this morning, spoke out against taxing workers on their employer-provided health insurance.
Health Care Reform: What’s In It for You?
Earlier today, President Obama presented a list of 8 consumer protections included in health care reform legislation that will affect Americans directly. What follows is the White House list of health insurance consumer protections.
McEntee Talks Health Care with Bill Press
AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee appeared on the Bill Press Radio Show on Monday to talk about AFSCME’s aggressive campaign for health care reform.
New TV Ad: 'Nurses'
Patients aren’t the only ones crying out for health care reform. That’s the message in this new television ad, “Nurses,” as seen on Politico and Huffington Post.
Breaking President Obama?
On Friday, GOP Senator Jim DeMint told a special interest group against health care reform that if they’re “able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”
Let's Do This: Call Congress for Health Care Reform
On Tuesday, the folks in Washington put forth their best effort on health care reform. America’s Affordable Health Choices Act is a plan we can, and must, support.
Hands Off Health Care Benefits for Working Families
A letter to the editor from AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee was published in the New York Times on July 12th.
New Home Care Services Insurance Gains White House Support
This week, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressed strong support for including the Community Living Assistance Services and Support: (CLASS) Act in health care reform legislation.
Public Health Plan Option Could Save State and Local Governments $921 Billion
If health care reform includes a public health insurance option that pays Medicare payment rates to providers, state and local governments are predicted to save an estimated $921 billion in lower health care costs over 11 years.
$1.4 Million Dollars Per Day
Think Progress points to this story from the Washington Post about the massive amount of money being spent to block health care reform.
Health Care ’09: We Can’t Wait!
2,000 AFSCME members and thousands of other union members and community activists gathered near the U.S. Capitol on June 25, 2009 for National Health Care Reform Rally and Lobby Day.
Join the National Day of Action for Health Care
Right now, tens of thousands of everyday Americans are in Washington fighting for real health care reform that works for working families. You can join them by sending a message to your representatives in Congress right now.
That’s Why They’re Called Health Care Benefits
Over the last decade, health care premiums have risen 10 times faster than income. Keeping up with those expenses is already costing Americans an arm and a leg. Why would you want to make them even less affordable?
Union Retirees: Big Role in Bringing Change
This is the year for passing real health care reform and to begin rebuilding the nation’s middle class by passing laws that give workers a free choice to join a union. And union retirees, will play a big role in bringing about change.
A Co-Op for the Public Option? Let's Talk Principles.
We’re going to see a lot of these kinds of “compromises” from now until we pass a health reform bill through Congress. First, we had the “trigger” proposal, designed to effectively kill a public health insurance option. Now, we have the “co-op” proposal.
Real Health Care Reform – The Time is Now
Last week, AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee and several other union presidents met with Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT).
Taxing Health Benefits Could Kill Health Care Reform
In recent days, two generally progressive commentators have written in favor of taxing all or part of the value of employer provided health benefits as a way of paying for some of the costs of health care reform.
Privatization is a Dirty Word
Privatization has become a dirty word. And for good reason. Imagine where we would be today if George W. Bush had gotten his way and gambled away our Social Security on the stock market.
Stop Sen. Wyden’s Health Tax
The last thing families struggling in this tough economy need is to pay more for their health benefits. But Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to tax the health care benefits many Americans get from their jobs – as if they were income.
Protecting Frontline Health Workers from Pandemic Flu
During a Congressional hearing held Thursday by the House Education and Labor Committee, AFSCME member and registered nurse Miguel García testified about the need to enforce federal guidelines designed to protect health care workers.
White House Hosts Health Care Forum
On March 5, AFSCME participated in President Obama's Forum on Health Care Reform. The summit was part of the new administration's effort to gain momentum for the President's health care reform initiatives.
Fiscal Responsibility and Health Care Go Hand in Hand
President Obama is Right: Health Care Reform Cannot Wait
On Tuesday night, President Obama spoke to the nation about how we will rebuild our economy. Like many Americans, I was heartened to hear him renew his commitment to pursue health care reform and to do it THIS YEAR
Public Health Insurance Option Wins Strong Support
A new poll released by the Health Care for America Now coalition shows broad public support for including a public health insurance plan as part of comprehensive health care reform.
The First Step in Remaking America
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Make America Happen. Again.
Health Care Reform Needs a Public Option
Our broken health care system hurts everyone. Health insurance premiums are going up three times faster than pay, with many working families shouldering a growing share of those costs. They are paying more and getting less.
Health Care Reform - Yes We Can - NOW!
The election of Barack Obama and a new Congress demonstrated that the American people are hungry for real change. The vast majority want policies that are neither left nor right. Instead they want change that moves the country forward.
Nonsense on Health Care from The Wall Street Journal
McCain’s Health Plan: Higher Costs, Fewer Benefits
Questioning Sarah Palin
Palin: “Good Union Jobs” Mean Better Health Care
Labor Day and the Election Season
Insurance Company Rules
An Enormous Victory
Health Care for America Now!
The Disadvantage of Privatizing Medicare
Big Difference on Health Care
Bush Cuts Will Cost Lives
Bush Supporters in Congress Kill SCHIP… Again
Workers Are Not a “Special Interest”
Bush Budget: A Lump of Coal
Who’s Footing the Bill for Medicare Advantage Plans?
Bush’s Veto Stands on Health Care for Kids
A Chance to Right a Wrong
Bush & Gutter Politics
Bush to Kids: “The Doctor Is Not In”
September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month
AFSCME Veterans Speak Out
The Numbers Don’t Lie
What’s Wrong with America?
CHAMP-ioning Our Children
The Bush Administration Doesn’t Work. A Well-Run Government Does.
Leave No Child Without Health Care
An Inconvenient Truth for a SICKO Administration
Affordable Health Care: Good for Workers, Good for Business
Nearly 44 Million Uninsured and Counting
Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Council 94 Takes the Fight to TV
McEntee Tells Congress: Health Reform Needed
To Keep America Strong in the Future, Fund Children’s Healthcare Today
Join Sen. Obama and AFSCME in Support of Resurrection Workers
An Rx for the Health Care Crisis?
Health Coverage Continuing to Erode
Health Care for Everyone
When Will They Realize Health Care Needs a Real Solution?
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