This Workday Minnesota special section combines audio reports, news coverage and other resources to look at the growing consensus for change around the health care crisis.
Workday Minnesota intern Elliot Ward interviewed health care experts, lawmakers, union leaders and health industry representatives for this insightful four-part series:
Part 1: The health care crisis in Minnesota and its effect on working people.
Part 2: Why single payer advocates say it won't work to simply tweak the current system.
Part 3: The role of employers in health care and their stance on single payer.
Part 4: The opportunities for change in both St. Paul and Washington.
Unions to make health care centerpiece of 2008 election
Sept. 3, 2007
By Mark Gruenberg
Labor unions will make achievement of affordable, universal health care the centerpiece of the 2008 election drive, elevating the issue to the top of the national domestic agenda, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney announced.
Local labor leaders join push for universal health care
Sept. 3, 2007
By Michael Moore
ST. PAUL - The AFL-CIO put the political world on notice Aug. 29 that it intends to make the 2008 elections a mandate for fixing the broken U.S. health care system – a vow local labor leaders echoed during a press conference at the Minnesota State Fair.
Minnesota's low uninsured rate feels like 100 percent for some folks
Aug. 30, 2007
By Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
The good news? Minnesota has a low percentage of uninsured. The bad news? That's still 475,000 people without insurance.
Health insurance: The big bump in the road to entrepreneurship
Aug. 28, 2007
By Lee Egerstrom, Minnesota 2020
Limited access to health insurance and its daunting cost are discouraging Minnesotans from starting or expanding businesses and standing in the way of small towns seeking revitalization through entrepreneurship.
The AFL-CIO has compiled many resources, including video reports, on its website, www.aflcio.org/issues/healthcare/\
The All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care maintains a listserve with regular updates of labor organizations that have endorsed the Conyers' bill, HR 676. To join, e-mail Kay Tillow at firstname.lastname@example.org
The website, www.grahamazon.com/sp/index.php contains a fun and easy explanation about how single payer would work.
The United Health Care Action Network – Minnesota
Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition
Take Action Minnesota
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