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Take Action for Single Payer NOW!
5 years ago
2. Call, Fax and Email Senator Kennedy’s office and insist that he put SINGLE-PAYER healthcare reform on the table.

Object to forcing all Americans to buy health insurance. You can email him here: http://kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm and

Fax him here:
FAX Senator Kennedy's Washington office: 202-224-2417
FAX Senator Kennedy's Massachusetts office: 617-565-3183


This post was modified from its original form on 03 Jun, 22:10
Take Action for Single Payer Healthcare Reform EVERY DAY!
5 years ago

We need to bombard the White House and Senator Kennedy’s office with CALLS, Faxes and Emails for Single Payer.

TAKE ACTION:


1. ASK Obama to support Single Payer reform.
Tell him it’s what the country wants and needs. 45 million are uninsured. People are dying because of our current healhcare system. We can’t afford not to have single-payer reform!

COMMENT HERE: http://www.healthreform.gov/contact/index.html



AND HERE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/



CALL AND FAX: Phone: Comments: 202-456-1111;
Switchboard: 202-456-1414; FAX: 202-456-2461






This post was modified from its original form on 03 Jun, 22:05

Updates and action re Sen. Dodd
5 years ago

Inside the Baucus Single-Payer Meeting--What Was Said, What's Next http://www.care2.com/news/member/748310254/1158789

 

 

I got a note from one of the doctors on twitter that he had just done a radio show and was getting more requests.

 

Another note on twitter said Sen. Chris Dodd is considering health committee hearing on single payer. Asked us to encourage him -
Tel: (202) 224-2823

Tell your senators to support the “American Health Security Act”, S. 703
5 years ago

Bernie Sanders’ “American Health Security Act”, S. 703, introduced on March 25, 2009, provides every citizen with health care coverage and services through a state-administered, single-payer program.  This plan fully funds the community health center program, addresses the shortage of primary care medical and dental professions, and establishes federal boards for developing national policies and guidelines and developing minimum competence criteria, yet gives each state the ability and flexibility to carry out the programs.

 


Single-Payer Health Care

   Date Posted: 06/03/2009

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted single-payer health care advocates and joined them at a meeting he arranged Wednesday with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the lead architects of health care legislation the Senate will likely consider this summer.  Sanders has introduced the Senate’s only single-payer health care plan. 

“The major reason that our current health care system is so expensive has much to do with the role that private insurance companies play," Sandes said. "The function of a private health insurance company is not to provide health care; it is to deny health care.  Every dollar of premium that a health insurance company does not spend on health care needs is a dollar more in profits."

Sanders’ “American Health Security Act”, S. 703, introduced on March 25, 2009, provides every citizen with health care coverage and services through a state-administered, single-payer program.  This plan fully funds the community health center program, addresses the shortage of primary care medical and dental professions, and establishes federal boards for developing national policies and guidelines and developing minimum competence criteria, yet gives each state the ability and flexibility to carry out the programs. 

Sanders is a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).  That committee is working on parallel health care reform legislation to Chairman Baucus’ as-yet-unreleased bill.

Sanders arranged for the meeting with Chairman Baucus to assure that single-payer proponents were heard as the Senate moved closer to considering major health care legislation.  In attendance today were Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and senior lecturer at Harvard; Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee; Geri Jenkins, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee; Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program and associate dean at Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and associate professor medicine at Harvard Medical School.

 

Source: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/news/record.cfm?id=313922

Send This Letter to Senator Baucus and the Other Members of the Senate Finance Committee as Well as
5 years ago

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1312/t/9277/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27348

 

Please note this news item about it and share with your networks - lets flood their boxes:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/748310254/1157641

5 years ago

Senator Max Baucus and the Finance Committee are feeling the pressure.

This Wednesday Sen. Baucus will meet with a delegation of leading single payer national health plan advocates.

The delegation includes: Dr. David Himmelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Dr. Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Oliver Fein, Associate Dean, Cornell Weill Medical School, and President of PNHP, Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, and Geri Jenkins, president of California Nurses Association.

But we know that a private meeting with single payer advocates does not mean that single payer is on the table or will get a fair hearing.

We are pleased Sen. Baucus is feeling the pressure and reacting but an off-the-record meeting is not enough. We want single payer on the table and really being considered. We know that on every measure: cost, patient choice, improved health care and covering all people -- single payer wins every argument. It isn't even a close question which is why a super majority of Americans support single payer -- improved Medicare for all.

Please take action and write Senator Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee today. Tell them that while we appreciate a private meeting for single payer -- that is not good enough. Single payer needs to be on the table, because with fair consideration single payer will be the health care plan adopted by the nation. Click here to send a letter now.

The multi-payer system that Senator Baucus is pushing will be a gift to the insurance industry that has so generously supported him throughout his political career. It will push, perhaps even force, people to buy insurance, it will subsidize the industry even more than it already is, it will not control costs indeed it will increase taxes to pay for insurance subsidies, and, if there is a public insurance option it will have so many strings attached that it will fail. This is not reform that provide health care to all at a price the nation can afford.

We're making progress. Please take action now to keep the pressure on. Click here to take action.

It is time to put single payer on the table, indeed it is time to make it America's national health policy. A private meeting should spur our movement to increase the pressure senators are feeling. We want real change not symbolic meetings.


Sincerely,

Kevin Zeese
Executive Director
ProsperityAgenda.US
Keep up the pressure - we are making progress!
5 years ago
Baucus to Meet with Single Payer Advocates

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

 

After months of proclaiming that single payer is off the table, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has invited five key single payer advocates to meet with him in Washington, D.C. this week.

 

On Wednesday June 3, Senator Baucus will meet with Dr. David Himmelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Dr. Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Oliver Fein, Associate Dean, Cornell Weill Medical School, and President of PNHP, Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, and Geri Jenkins, president of California Nurses Association.

 

“Bowing to mounting pressure from single payer advocates around the nation, Senator Baucus has asked to meet with some representatives of the single payer movement,” Dr. Himmelstein said. “It’s the thirteen people who braved arrest at Senate Finance Committee hearing, the hundreds of single payer supporters who’ve shadowed Senator Baucus in his home state of Montana, and the thousands who have put pressure other members of Congress who have created this opening. We have no illusions that our discussions alone will persuade Senator Baucus to back a single payer bill. But the meeting is a clear indication that demonstrations and activism can move even our money-corrupted political culture.”

 

According to a recent analysis by the public interest group Consumer Watchdog, Senator Baucus, the leading architect of health reform in the Congress, has received more campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations than any other current Democratic member of the House or Senate.

 

According to the report, Senator Baucus received $183,750 from health insurance companies and $229,020 from drug companies in the last two election cycles.

 

During three recent Senate Finance Committee hearings on health care reform, Baucus invited 41 people to testify — not one of which was a single payer advocate.

 

This despite the fact that recent polls show that single payer is supported by a majority of Americans, doctors and health economists.

 

Baucus has been asked repeatedly in recent months to allow a single payer advocate to testify.

 

He has steadfastly refused.

 

“We’re keeping our eyes on the prize — enactment of a single payer, everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital health insurance system in the United States,” said Russell Mokhiber of Single Payer Action. “We won’t let up until single payer becomes a reality. And sooner or later single payer will become a reality because it’s the only system that is financially viable, that will cover all Americans, and that will end the nightmare of 60 Americans dying every day from lack of health insurance.”

 

“Senator Baucus has charged us with ‘disruption of Congress,’” said Mokhiber, who is one of thirteen citizens Baucus had arrested for demanding that single payer advocates be given a seat at the table. “But we are charging Baucus with corruption of Congress. We think we have a stronger case. And we hope to win the court case, break through the corrupt barriers in Congress and secure single payer for the American people.”

 

The next court date for the Baucus 13 is scheduled for June 22 before D.C. Superior Court Judge Harold L. Cushenberry.

 

http://www.singlepayeraction.org/blog/?p=781

Bernie Sanders to speak up for us on Single Payer on Tues.
5 years ago
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I just heard that on "Brunch with Bernie" (on Thom Hartmann's show), Sen. Bernie Sanders said that he's meeting with Ben Nelson and Max Baucus on Tuesday to explain Single Payer.

 

Please thank him for speaking for us, and send your story for him to use at this link.

 

Remember that Sen. Sanders introduced a single payer bill in the Senate, but so far as I know, he still has no cosponsors.

 

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