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Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:

Join Healthcare-NOW! for a conference call exposing the last minute negotiations of the health care bill and the ramifications of the mandate to purchase private insurance when public programs like Medicaid and Medicare suffer.

The conference call is tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd at 8 PM EST.

Guest speakers include:
- Michael Lighty, Policy Director for National Nurses United
- Ajamu Sankofa, Esq., founder of Private Health Insurance Must Go!
- And voices on the ground in Massachusetts, where the insurance mandate was first implemented

The discussion will be moderated by Katie Robbins.

Here is the dial-in information:
Conference Dial-In: 1-218-862-1300
Conference Code: 441086

Please send your questions for the panel to

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Thanks for posting.

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...Michael Lighty, Policy Director for National Nurses United made some quick points about some of the failings of the plan that stuck with me, including:

  • •The insurers will control the initial appeals board for claim denials and there will be no federal standard
  • •Insurers remain in full control of what they will offer and what specific treatments they will cover
  • •There are huge loop holes in premium pricing. For example, for those who fail the wellness tests(say because they have diabetes) they can have their premiums doubled
  • •Also, while they can not deny you for a pre-existing treatment, they can charge 4 times more for premiums for certain conditions
  • •They can continue to rescind insurance for fraud and misrepresentation with little oversight

Ajamu Sankofa, Esq., founder of Private Health Insurance Must Go! made perhaps the most striking point of the night when she argued Obama had "demonized" Medicare in the debate, that he always brought cost curve problems back to Medicare when we know it is private insurance and other health care costs, like the Federal government not using it’s market size to negotiate drug prices, are actually at the root of rising costs. Michael also chipped in saying in essence to expect more of this. That the next year will require an effort to protect Medicare. He brought up Obama’s pick to co-chair his National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, noted Medicare and Social Security hater, Alan Simpson. I think this last bit was the biggest eye opener to me, Obama may have more plans to chip away and Medicare and Social security, so be prepared.

Coming battles, as I see things: Medicare and SocSec, along with battles we may not even see about rulesmaking for the Obama BHIP-PPP.

Oh, and that little problem of global warming and climate will Obama fluff the corporations on that one?