All-Out Effort to Put Single-Payer 'On the Table'

by Chris Sturr | May 11, 2009

From AfterDowningStreet and elswehere. They also had a great letter from Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Plan (reposted at Consortium News); Flowers was one of the activists who disrupted Sen. Baucus’ roundtable on May 5th to ask why single-payer proponents weren’t part of the discussion. The activists were hauled away by the Capital cops, while Baucus quipped about the need for more police. Hat-tip to LF.

All Out Effort: Put Single-payer Healthcare “On the Table”
Submitted by Chip on Mon, 2009-05-11 02:48. Activism Healthcare
All Out Effort: Put Single-payer Healthcare “On the Table”

It’s National Nurses Week, and we’re joining the California Nurses Association in Washington, D.C. to promote single-payer healthcare. We need your help!

Please make 2 calls TODAY to get single-payer experts into the Senate Finance Committee Roundtable discussion!

This Tuesday, May 12, the Senate Finance Subcommittee is holding its final roundtable on healthcare reform. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee has issued a request to include Roseann Demoro, Executive Director of CNA/NNOC and longtime leader in the single-payer movement. PNHP has formally submitted the names of two outstanding physicians, Drs. Marcia Angell and Steffie Woolhandler, to testify as expert witnesses.

Please call Sen. Baucus’ office in Washington at 202-224-2651, or fax him at (202) 224-9412, and urge him to extend the invitations.

Call your Senator, too!

Members of Single-Payer New York met with Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), Senate Finance Committee member, on Friday evening. He agreed to ask Chairman Baucus to include a single-payer expert–if we can get another Senator on the committee to join him.

Please call and ask your Senator to join Sen. Schumer in asking Chairman Baucus to include a single-payer expert in Tuesday’s hearing.

  • In Michigan, call Sen. Stabenow at 202-224-4822
  • In Massachusetts, call Sen. Kerry at (202) 224-2742
  • In West Virginia, call Sen. Rockefeller at (202) 224-6472

At the last Senate Finance Committee hearing, physicians and single-payer advocates stood one-by-one to ask to for a seat at the table. The Senators laughed and had each one arrested. Watch the video here or at: Health Care Now.

We need to end the exclusion of the only plan that will be truly universal and contain costs. Our health depends on it.

Your action today is critical to the health of this nation.

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