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Healthcare Dino heading
toward a tar pit!

***** Please Print and circulate this Petition to Gov. Pense and the Indiana Legislature.

Petition askes for Expanding Medicare - It is Good for All of Us. Collect signatures and return to Hoosiers for Commonsense Health Plan, PO Box 2632 Bloomington, IN 47402-2632


CLICK here for petition: 2014 Petition

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.

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 Statement






SPEAK YOUR MIND piece December 24, 2013 on WFIU

SPEAK YOUR MIND piece December 13, 2012 on WFIU

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.

For Speak Your Mind, this is Karen Green Stone.

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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 Fort Wayne.
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




Paul Krugman


VOCHERCARE IS NOT MEDICARE by Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman, 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 2008.

ACTION NEEDED!

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.

  Protect, Improve and Expand Medicare Petition.

Copy, Sign and Circulate
Medicare Petition


A MUST VIEW - 30 seconds with Ernestine: Blind? Read the fine print! (Lily Tomlin as Ernestine)


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.



Rob met Arianna Huffington at IVYTech last Friday, and look what resulted: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-stone-md/wellpointanthem-sharehold_b_534099.html

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 Greed
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 Action"

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 not-for-profit organization.

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 trouble.  Read the full Op Ed




Rob Stone's Newest Video!

Listen to Carrie Newcomer address the rally and sing her song "If Not Now".


ACTION ALERT!

Petition -Expand Medicare




FACT SHEETS!

National Fact Sheet [PDF]

Indiana Fact Sheet [PDF]


Dr. Rob Stone
HCHP Director

Dr. Rob Stone

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!

HCHP BLOG

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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.

Hoosiers@hchp.info
P.O. Box 2632    Bloomington, IN    47402-2632