New York Times: Weiner Wants City to Test Single-Payer Health Care


Vowing to “make New York City the single-payer laboratory in the country” if he is elected mayor, Anthony D. Weiner on Thursday presented an ambitious plan to create a Medicare-like system for the coverage of municipal workers, retirees and uninsured immigrant residents left out of the Affordable Care Act. […] His talk, at a public lecture series sponsored by The Common Good, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, at a City University of New York branch on West 67th Street, stirred enthusiasm and interest. In the hour before he spoke, word of Mr. Weiner’s proposal galvanized other Democratic candidates for mayor to issue hurried news releases on health care[…]

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Page Six: Mark Kelly Talks Gun Control Following Gabby Giffords Testimony


Members of the nonprofit group The Common Good were given an off-the-record preview Tuesday by Mark Kelly, the astronaut hero husband of former congresswoman and gun assault survivor Gabby Giffords, of the testimony he would give before the Senate Judicary Committee on proposed gun-control legislation. He said, “Both my parents were cops. They owned guns, I’ve owned guns, Gabby’s owned guns. We are not anti-gun, but we need sensible laws to protect our families from senseless tragedies.” The crowd included Beth Rudin DeWoody, Sharon Handler Loeb, Michelle Paige Paterson, entrepreneur Peter Thomas Roth, Patricia Duff, Star Jones, lawyer Robert Pietrzak and Steve Buffone.

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Page Six: Bipartisan Fun in DC


One of the hottest invites in DC on Saturday night was the bipartisan inauguration party thrown by Patricia Duff’s the Common Good. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy rubbed shoulders at the posh Cosmos Club on Embassy Row. The New York congressional delegation was well-represented with Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Joe Crowley. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro attended with his brother and identical twin, Rep. Joaquín Castro, in matching tuxedos, and told the story of how in high school they dated two girls (not related) with the same name. Grover Norquist was huddled in a corner with former ambassador and real-estate magnate Joe Paolino and lawyer Richard Farley talking about the debt ceiling. Other New York notables in attendance included Dennis and Coralie Paul, Victor Kovner and Orin Kramer.

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