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Category: 2009 Fall Opinion

Health care reform: congress needs to protect Americans, not insurance companies

Health care reform: congress needs to protect Americans, not insurance companies

by Mark Dunlea, Green Party of New York State As Congress negotiates health care reform, Democratic leaders have put the interests of insurance companies ahead of the needs of American citizens. If Americans want an affordable, quality health care system that enables consumers to choose from whom they receive health care services, private for-profit insurance companies must be eliminated. Michael Mooreís movie SICKO correctly highlighted the problems with insurance companies rather than the problem of the uninsured. While the lack…

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Reasons For A Private National Health System – we get to stay sick

Reasons For A Private National Health System – we get to stay sick

by John Jonik We know the many reasons in favor of a single payer health coverage system, and the many “Sicko” charges against ruthless private insurers, but it may be helpful if activists, and Single Payer supporters in Congress, asked – What are the reasons in favor of Private Health Insurance?† The excuses given publicly by industry supporters have been sometimes laughable, always insufficient across the board. Some of the real reasons: To assure continued profits and shareholder earnings in…

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Green Party USA, Yer Blowing It!!

Green Party USA, Yer Blowing It!!

by Philip A Farruggio, Green Party of Florida I changed my political affiliation to the Green Party in 2000, when Ralph Nader ran for president. The key issue, nationally, at that time, was the need for public funding of campaigns. As a writer, I had interviewed Ed Garvey in Indianapolis in 1997, while working for a progressive news weekly there. Ed was a national spokesperson for the recently voter approved 1996 Maine Clean Election Laws, which are still the standard-bearer…

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Climate Change: The only news that matters

Climate Change: The only news that matters

by Joseph Lampert We should be stone cold angry with Global Warming. We should be worried sick about the future of our children. We should cry over every animal on the planet headed for extinction. Why? Because the most knowledgeable people on Earth believe global climate change could destroy our civilization. That means no malls! No cars! No television to watch our demise! No more advertisements for ìclean coal!î No more high-tech, low-mileage pollution machines! No more lies about anything!…

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Markey-Waxman climate bill fatally flawed

Markey-Waxman climate bill fatally flawed

by Maggie Zhou and Jill Stein, The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts Initially, it sounded like a great idea. Representatives Henry Waxman and Edward Markey announced that the American Clean Energy & Security Act (Markey-Waxman) would end years of Bush era foot-dragging on global warming and get the U.S. moving toward a solution. But after starting off far short of what science requires, Markey-Waxman has now morphed, under intense fossil fuel lobbying, from an act of climate-protection to one of…

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Is the United States Really a Democracy?

Is the United States Really a Democracy?

by Tha Truth, Green Party of New Jersey Here are some things to consider when thinking about democracy, the United States, and the world we live in. Every day over 20,000 people die from starvation (a statistic from the UN). Meanwhile, one third of people in the U.S. fight obesity. Along the same lines, every minute 30 children die of hunger and inadequate healthcare, while the world spends millions of dollars on war. In the U.S., the government continues to…

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Open Borders – The Other Side of the Coin

Open Borders – The Other Side of the Coin

by Don Whitehead, Independent Affiliate of the Tennessee Green Party (Nashville) U.S. Greens who call for an ìopen bordersî policy need to look at the broader picture in order to make a more balanced resolution to this moral dilemma. True, we have done an injustice to the illegal immigrants by allowing them in, and a far greater injustice by subsequently not granting them full citizenship rights. But before we grant them free and total amnesty, and open up our border…

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Playing Hardball

Playing Hardball

How to be effective in Politics by Brent McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party of the United States At a press conference at the Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting in Washington DC in 2003, then Green State Assembly member Matt Ahern was asked by a reporter, “So what’s it like to be the only Green on the New Jersey State Assembly? What’s it like to work with the Democrats?” Matt replied, “It’s not that they…

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