In 2017, States can Adopt Single-Payer Healthcare. Let’s Do It!

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I entered the health care debate in response to a statement in the United States press in summer 2009 which claimed the National Health Service in Great Britain would have killed me off, were I a British citizen. I felt compelled to make a statement to explain the error. I am British, I live in Cambridge, England, and the National Health Service has taken great care of me for over 40 years. I have received excellent medical attention in Britain, and I felt it was important to set the record straight. I believe in universal health care.

– Stephen Hawking ( NY Times, May 9, 2011)

 Single payer rally signs

Many people in the United States with chronic illnesses have rejoiced over the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  More of us can afford health insurance. We are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. There are no more annual or life-time caps on insurance payments. And there is now a limit on our out-of-pocket fees.

While the ACA has made important strides, serious healthcare problems remain (More…)

The U.S. Department of Education Provides Guidance on Including Students with Disabilities in Sports Programs

 Kids with disabilities—including chronic illnesses—have had the right to take part in extracurricular activities since at least the 1970’s when Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed. But a June 2010 study by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) showed that students with disabilities have not been given equal access to extracurricular sports programs.  (more…)