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'Mad As Hell Doctors' Launch National Tour for Single-Payer

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A group of doctors take the road in a Winnebago to say anything short of single-payer is nothing at all

September 9, 2009 -- A group of physicians dubbed Mad As Hell Doctors kicked off a 28-city tour in Portland on Tuesday. They’ll be traveling in a Winnebago across the country holding press events along the way until reaching Washington DC on September 30. The group supports a single-payer bill in Congress, HR 676.

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Mike Enzi, Gang of Six Republican, Admits He's Only Blocking Reform

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Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
September 8, 2009 -- Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's "Gang of Six," told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.

"It's not where I get them to compromise, it's what I get them to leave out," Enzi said Monday, according to the Billings Gazette.

Blumenauer Signs Letter With Public Option Ultimatum

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Portland progressive joins revolt demanding public option comes with any reform bill

UPDATED August 25, 2009 -- Rep. Peter DeFazio joined Rep. Earl Blumenauer in signing a letter along with 62 other progressive Democrats in the House saying any legislation that moves forward must contain a government-run health insurance option. 

Prominent Insurance Executive Denounces Big Money

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Former medical director of Oregon’s largest insurer has a few choice words for the health insurance industry at large

August 18, 2009 -- I’ve been inside our health industry as the medical director for Oregon’s largest commercial insurer and have seen what happens when big money is involved, and public policy is crucial to future profits.

Fact Checking the US Healthcare Debate

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Here are some key resources to sort fact from fiction in the ongoing heated debate over healthcare reform

We've compiled the following useful links for your continued search of the truth in a sea of political spin.

Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaway to Big Pharma

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Months after the White House announced a deal with pharmaceutical companies, an internal memo shows they gave away campaign promises
Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
August 13, 2009 -- A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.

Wyden Traded Public Option Early On

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Sen. Lindsey Graham reveals backroom deal making with Sen. Ron Wyden on the public option

August 13, 2009 -- While Sen. Ron Wyden has said he’s “open to a national public health plan option,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Wyden told him and Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah early on that he was willing to “get off the public option” in order to earn their support.

Aggression Outside Wu Town Hall Mirrors National Debate

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Opponents of healthcare reform backed by Rep. Wu outnumbered supporters in heated exchanges

August 11, 2009 -- Protesters outside the town hall meeting in McMinnville with Rep. David Wu on Monday were not as aggressive as those in St. Louis or other cities where town halls turned violent. 

Protesters More Aggressive as August Recess Starts

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Town hall meetings across the country, including those in Oregon, are beginning to heat up

August 7, 2009 -- In the first week of the August Congressional recess, right-wing conservative groups appear to have mobilized -- if not more people -- louder, more aggressive voices against healthcare reform than progressive groups in favor of a healthcare overhaul.

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