Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan is a group
of Indiana citizens who support a publicly
financed, privately delivered (single payer)
universal health plan at the state and national
level. HCHP is working to educate the public and
the legislature about the benefits of a single
payer plan. We are seeking individuals and groups
who have an interest in helping achieve this goal.
The U.S. spends twice as much as other
industrialized nations on health care, yet it ranks
only 39 among nations in terms of health outcomes
and we have 46 million without health coverage and
millions more with inadequate coverage.
Private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume
31 percent of every health care dollar.
Streamlining payment though a single nonprofit
payer would save more than $350 billion per year
nationally, enough to provide comprehensive,
high-quality coverage for all Americans.
HCHP is a state affiliate of Physicians for a
National Health Program and supports its goal of
national single-payer health insurance. PNHP Mission
Medicaid Expansion - Generosity Instead of Controversy
This is Karen Green Stone.
It has become increasingly clear that opposition to Medicaid Expansion for up to 400,000 low income workers in Indiana, is political, not financial.
Indiana has over $320 million in the Healthy Indiana Trust Fund from cigarette taxes, more than enough money to invest in Medicaid Expansion. Indiana's return on this investment would be over $1.7 billion in healthcare funding in 2014.
Since Indiana has, so far, rejected Medicaid Expansion, low wage workers who do not make enough money to qualify for the federal exchanges have very few options. Our Governor repeatedly says that they can go to Emergency Departments for treatment. I'd like to know what Emergency Departments and hospitals think of that idea.
Opponents of expanding coverage have unlimited resources. Coordinated attacks on healthcare reform come from influential think tanks, corporations and foundations. They have been brilliant in undermining healthcare progress by convincing people that they are better off with next to nothing, that regulation of insurance and drug companies is against free market principles, and that the concept of a strong economy can only flow from Wall Street. They are very skillful in using language that blames us, not greed, for our broken healthcare system.
We Hoosiers don't seem to be able to grasp what is even self evidently in our best interest. Illness and medical bills cause extreme heartbreak and family distress -today. Loss of homes and businesses due to medical bills happen - today. Untreated and undiagnosed illnesses and premature death haunt the uninsured - today. It's not about some hypothetical future tanking of the economy on the backs of our children and grandchildren. It's about the present crisis Hoosiers face because the United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world.
Sadly, healthcare has become so controversial within our families and our state that any discussion is sabotaged by political ideology and lack of courage and compassion.
Rebuilding the practice of generosity would go a long way in healing our communities and stabilizing our society.
Address why, not how, of health costs by
Jonathan D. Walker
Politicians and special interest groups are
always trying to control the debate over
health care. But there is one undeniable
fact: we are paying more for health care than
we ever have before.
People offer lots of explanations for this:
malpractice, fraud, private insurance,
obesity. All these problems contribute to the
rising cost of health care. However, the
primary reason is that there has been so much
money sloshing around our health care system,
and so many fragmented, for-profit entities
getting that money, that prices keep climbing
at a higher rate than almost anything else in
the economy. Read the full
editorial . . . .
Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne
Affordable health care is necessity and
public good for all Americans
By Edith Kenna - Edith Kenna is a resident of
Why did Rep. Marlin Stutzman schedule his
health care forum on a Monday from 3 to 5
p.m.? Is he trying to avoid people who work
for a living? Is he just talking to the
corporate-level big shots of hospitals,
insurance and pharmaceutical companies? I
think he may be trying to avoid the folks
most affected by the passage of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) -
the American citizen. Read
the full editorial
Professor of Economics and International
Affairs at Princeton University is a
columnist for the New York Times. He won
the Nobel Prize in Economics in
To the Indiana Congressional Delegation,
Representatives and Senators:
We the undersigned residents of Indiana
petition the Congress of the United States to
oppose Representative Ryan and the House
Budget Committee who have proposed ending
Medicare as we know it and replacing it with
a voucher program, a huge taxpayer subsidy to
the private insurance industry. The proposal
includes ending any Federal role in
overseeing the Medicaid program, freeing
states to balance their budgets by cutting
medical care to the disabled and poor.
Healthcare costs are a serious problem, but
cutting Medicare and Medicaid won't help.
Instead, we need to take the corporate greed
and waste out of our healthcare system, and
make healthcare a human right by extending
Medicare to everyone, Improved and Expanded
Medicare for All.
A MUST VIEW - 30 seconds with Ernestine:
Blind? Read the fine print! (Lily Tomlin as
Comment: We have been saturated with
commentary since the passage and signing of
the trillion dollar Private Insurance
Industry Stimulus legislation. Lily Tomlin
provides us with a much needed break as she
reminds us, in her own incomparable style, of
the industry that Congress and the President
have so richly rewarded.
Check out the Huffington Post article and
click to "Become a Fan". Please
give this a read and if you are so moved,
post a comment and/or send the link on to
anyone you know who might be interested.
Group Says It's Fed Up With
POSTED: 12:07 pm EDT April 7, 2010
UPDATED: 7:36 pm EDT April 7, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS --They admit it's a tall
task, but a handful of WellPoint shareholders
held a news conference on Wednesday to push
the company to return to nonprofit status.
Dr. Rob Stone, an emergency room doctor in
southern Indiana and a backer of Hoosiers for
a Commonsense Health Care Plan, said that as
shareholders, they are fed up with rate hikes
and the company's profits. Read the full article.
"The Antidote to Despair is
Pushing WellPoint Back to Nonprofit?
By LINDA GREENE
When it comes to health care reform,
single-payer advocate Rob Stone, M.D., says,
"We're still for it, and we're
not done yet."
The need is undeniable. Over 46 million
Americans are uninsured, and a recent study
reported in the American Journal of Public
Health showed that 45,000 die each year
because they lack health insurance. Tens of
millions are underinsured, able to afford
coverage only with policies with gigantic
deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. Read the full article.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A group of angry
shareholders have launched a campaign against
Indianapolis-based WellPoint. The small
coalition of groups gathered Wednesday. They
say WellPoint's "lust for
profits" is the problem and they want
the company to go "non-profit." But
the underlying issue for the group is more
reform. Specifically, they feel the health
care reforms just signed into law don't
go far enough. Read the full article.
Indiana Busines Journal - April 6, 2010
Shareholder group wants WellPoint to become
not-for-profit April 6, 2010
Saying WellPoint Inc. has failed to live up
to its commitment to provide "the best
healthcare value" for customers, three
shareholders of the Indianapolis-based health
insurance giant want it to convert to a
They have proposed that the company study the
feasibility of such a conversion. The
proposal will be voted on at WellPoint's
annual meeting of shareholders in
Indianapolis on May 18.
The proposal was disclosed Friday in
WellPoint's proxy statement. The three
shareholders-Rob and Karen Stone of
Bloomington and Julia Vaughn of
Indianapolis-will stage a press conference
about the proposal Wednesday morning in front
of WellPoint's Monument Circle
headquarters. Read the full article
OpEd by Dr. Rob Stone
Sent to the The Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN
Mr. Obama, "A Better Approach"
"If anyone from either party has a
better approach that will bring down
premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the
uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors,
and stop insurance company abuses, let me
know." In his State of the Union address
Wednesday night, the President admitted that
his plan for healthcare reform has run into
the full Op Ed
Rob Stone's Newest Video!
Listen to Carrie Newcomer address the rally and
sing her song "If Not Now".
We have the opportunity of a lifetime right
now to achieve universal health care in the
United States. While the economic recession
is making things worse for everyone, it is
also making it clearer that solving our
health care problem is a crucial part of
economic recovery. Right now is the time to
speak up. Our elected leaders need to hear
from us. We can be a part of the change we
want to see happen!
For more information, links, and the opportunity to
share your ideas, please visit the HCHP
The link to stay connected with the Health Care
Crisis and Reform initiatives!
Mission: Hoosiers for a Commonsense
Health Plan is a group of Indiana citizens
who support a publicly financed, privately
delivered (single payer) universal health
plan at the state and national level. HCHP is
working to educate the public and the
legislature about the benefits of a single
payer plan. We are seeking individuals and
groups who have an interest in helping
achieve this goal.