Wednesday, March 11, 2009

  • Newly Formed 150,000-Strong Nurses’ Union Pushes for Single-Payer Healthcare

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    Three of the country’s top organizations of direct care registered nurses have come together to form a new national nurses’ union that is advocating for a single-payer national health insurance program. The new union unifies the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association into a 150,000-member association, making it the largest registered nurses union in US history. We speak with Geri Jenkins, a registered nurse and co-president of the union. [includes rush transcript]

  • Burn Your Health Insurance Bill Day: New Group Advocates Direct Action to Demand Single-Payer System

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    Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter, has just formed a new group called "Single Payer Action" that is advocating direct action to demand a single-payer health insurance system in the United States. Today, he is burning his health insurance bill outside the national meeting of the American Health Insurance Plans in Washington, D.C. [includes rush transcript]

  • Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK, Criticizes Admin’s Rejection of Single-Payer Healthcare

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    While the Obama administration claims "all options are on the table" for healthcare reform, it’s already rejected the solution favored by most Americans, including doctors: single-payer universal healthcare. We speak with Dr. Quentin Young, perhaps the most well-known single-payer advocate in America. He was the Rev. Martin Luther King’s doctor when he lived in Chicago and a longtime friend and ally of Barack Obama. But he was noticeably not invited to Obama’s White House healthcare summit last week. [includes rush transcript]

  • Ahead of Pivotal El Salvador Vote, Rep. Raul Grijalva Leads Congressional Call to Reverse Longstanding US Interference

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    Voters in El Salvador head to the polls Sunday for a historic presidential election. The leftist FMLN party is projected to win, ending two decades of rule by the ARENA party. Thirty Congress members have sent President Obama a letter calling for US neutrality in Sunday’s election. Five years ago, the Bush administration was accused of threatening to cut off aid to El Salvador if voters supported the FMLN. We speak to Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, co-author of the letter to President Obama. [includes rush transcript]

  • Green Architect Greg Franta Found Dead at 58

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    The green architect Greg Franta has been found dead. His body was discovered inside his car in a ravine between Golden and Boulder, Colorado. He was reported missing on February 9. Greg was the chief architect at Rocky Mountain Institute and named Colorado architect of the year in 1998. He worked with the Clinton administration to make the White House more energy efficient. He had been spearheading the building of Democracy Now!’s new studio, which we are looking forward to being the first LEED-certified TV/radio/internet studio in New York City.