Workers, our families and our unions are waging a difficult struggle to win or to keep good health care coverage.
There is a better way. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) has introduced HR 676, national single payer legislation.
The single-payer financing in HR 676 saves the money to improve coverage for all of us as we expand care to those who have been left out. The bill restores free choice of physicians to patients. HR 676 would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs and dental.
HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments and saves hundreds of billions by eliminating the private health insurance industry with its high overhead and profits.
Our unions must lead the way!
We must build the movement that wins passage of HR 676 and makes health care a human right.
1,000 unions cannot be ignored!
The All Unions Committee for Single Payer Healthcare — HR 676 has undertaken the task to win the endorsement of 1,000 local unions and other labor bodies for this bold and just legislation.
We’re creating an honor roll of those unions that have endorsed HR 676. We’re asking you to join this struggle. Ask your union to endorse HR 676.
“Our approach should be to build on what’s best in American health care. At the same time, we should draw from the best experiences of other countries that have achieved universal coverage at a fraction of U.S. health care costs. One concrete plan that meets the test of comprehensive, universal health coverage would build on our nation’s successful universal health coverage plan for seniors: Medicare.” - AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement, March 6, 2007
“The union movement must marshal its resources for a renewed all-out assault to end the current health care crisis…. There is no institution in America better suited or better able to take on this task.” - AFL-CIO Executive Council statement, August 2002
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Watch the video: A clear explanation.
Single payer health care will come to a vote in the House this fall. Ask your Member of Congress to vote “yes” on the Weiner HR 676 Amendment.
Representative Weiner and his colleagues spoke eloquently for this single payer amendment. Chairman Waxman, in asking Weiner and the others to withdraw the amendment, promised that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is committed to allow this amendment to be introduced, debated and voted on by the full House this fall.
Weiner and his colleagues agreed to withdraw the amendment in response to the Speaker’s promise. The full 17 minute debate and solution in Waxman’s Committee can be viewed at this link.
The Weiner amendment presents an historic opportunity for Members of Congress to register their support for single-payer national health
insurance as the best way to solve the U.S. healthcare crisis. It will most likely come up in the House in late September or October.
Ask your representative to vote “yes” on the Weiner HR 676 Amendment. Call (202) 224-3121 and ask for your congressperson. If your union has endorsed HR 676 let your representative know.
You can find out more details and send a letter to your representative here: http://www.pnhp.org/amendment/