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Tag Archives: Insurance & Coverage

PPA repeal effort fails: Millions of Americans spared (for now) from losing their healthcare

Excerpt: “This is an epic fail. This is his­toric. This is sev­en years of argu­ing going down the drain.” — Repub­li­can pun­dit Charles Krauthammer Repub­li­can efforts to evis­cer­ate or sim­ply get rid of the Patient Pro­tec­tion and Afford­able Care Act have run into a series of fatal road­blocks in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate, which means mil­lions of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Maria Cantwell’s trio of Seattle town halls begins successfully at UW’s Kane Hall

Excerpt: Activists who have been longing for Washington State's U.S. Senators to start holding town hall meetings got their wish fulfilled last night when Senator Maria Cantwell hosted the first of three town halls planned for the Seattle area, focused on healthcare
Written by:Sanjay Satish
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Seattle Times article on state’s rising health insurance rates relies heavily on the perspective of a national right wing think tank

Excerpt: The Seattle Times' newsroom is capable of putting out higher quality reporting than this. Here's hoping their next article on this subject is more reasonable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SHAME! Republican-controlled U.S. House votes to take away healthcare from millions

Excerpt: In a brazen, whol­ly inde­fen­si­ble act of mal­ice and cru­el­ty, the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed today to take away the health­care of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans. By a vote of 217–213, with­out a sin­gle Demo­c­ra­t­ic vote, the House passed a mon­strous bill that, if approved by the Sen­ate and signed by Don­ald Trump, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trumpcuts implodes as feuding Republicans face the reality that they don’t have the votes

Excerpt: Conceding that they simply don't have the votes to pass the massive wealth transfer that they falsely call a replacement for the Patient Protection Act, Paul Ryan and top House Republicans today threw in the towel on H.R. 1628, canceling a planned vote that Donald Trump had insisted be held only hours earlier.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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NPI to NW Republicans: For the good of our region and country, vote NO on Trumpcuts

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing was trans­mit­ted by fac­sim­i­le this evening to the offices of Dave Reichert, Greg Walden, Dan New­house, and Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers. All of the afore­men­tioned indi­vid­u­als rep­re­sent por­tions of Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon in the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as Repub­li­cans. We are repub­lish­ing this com­mu­ni­ca­tion here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Group Health Cooperative is no more: State approves GHC’s sale to Kaiser Permanente

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton State Insur­ance Com­mis­sion­er Mike Krei­dler today signed off on Kaiser Per­ma­nen­te’s bid to acquire the state’s home­grown health provider Group Health Coop­er­a­tive, which means GHC will be no more as of Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2017. “After an exten­sive and thor­ough review by my office, it’s clear that Kaiser met all of the legal require­ments nec­es­sary for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dow Constantine: Join me in supporting Best Starts for Kids (King County Proposition 1)

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: It is our great plea­sure tonight to wel­come King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine to NPI’s Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. In this spe­cial guest post, Exec­u­tive Con­stan­tine explains why it is crit­i­cal that we pass King Coun­ty Propo­si­tion #1, the Best Starts for Kids levy, this Novem­ber. NPI has tak­en a posi­tion enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly sup­port­ing this mea­sure, […]
Written by:Dow Constantine
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare, Public Planning
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Deter­mined to make the ter­ri­ble impli­ca­tions of the Cor­po­ra­tions Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions look tame by com­par­i­son, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing that because it believes cor­po­ra­tions to be peo­ple, an arti­fi­cial for-prof­it enti­ty like Hob­by Lob­by is enti­tled to reli­gious lib­er­ty, and so it does not have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Litigation, World Commmunity
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Seasoned Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene tapped to manage Healthcare.gov

Excerpt: For­mer Microsoft exec­u­tive Kurt Del­Bene, who has capa­bly served as the pres­i­dent of the com­pa­ny’s Busi­ness divi­sion for many years, will take over man­age­ment of Healthcare.gov, the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion announced today at a meet­ing with top tech­nol­o­gy exec­u­tives, includ­ing Microsoft gen­er­al coun­sel Brad Smith. Del­Bene will suc­ceed Jef­frey D. Zients, who has been serv­ing as a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Service
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Patient Protection Act a start, but U.S. still needs true healthcare reform: Medicare for All

Excerpt: Along with eco­nom­ic secu­ri­ty, the future of Medicare has emerged as a sig­nif­i­cant issue in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. The Patient Pro­tec­tion Act, passed more than two years ago and recent­ly upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court,  pro­vides insur­ance reform, not health­care reform. But both are needed. The Patient Pro­tec­tion Act imposed new require­ments on health […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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Wanted: Women willing to run for office

Excerpt: At a time when women’s repro­duc­tive rights are under attack in state leg­is­la­tures across the coun­try, there might soon be no female Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nors to push back. The only two such gov­er­nors left in office — Washington’s Chris Gre­goire and North Carolina’s Bev Pur­due — are leav­ing office in 2013, and only one state, New […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare
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