There are no more excuses for the Democrats.
The Democrats now admit that they control the procedure in Congress and can pass whatever health care reform they want.
Without one Republican vote. And President Obama can sign it.
What should they do?
They should pass single payer. Everybody in. Nobody out. For prevention and treatment. For free choice of doctors and hospitals. No more premiums, deductibles, exclusions, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network rigamarole.
No more family medical bankruptcies. No more pay or die. No more pay or become sicker. Single payer is the only system that will work. It’s the most efficient. Single payer will cut out literally hundreds of billions in administrative fat, billing fraud and unconscionable profits. These savings will be used instead to insure the 50 million uninsured and the millions more under-insured. This will save lives. Starting with the more than 21,000 Americans who die every year from lack of health insurance.
According to recent polls, the majority of the American people want single payer. So do the majority of doctors, nurses, and health economists.
So, what will the Democrat leadership do? They will keep single payer off the table. Because they fear the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry – and want their campaign money – more than they fear the American people.
Or as Speaker of the House Pelosi told reporters last week:
“Over and over again, we hear single payer, single payer, single payer. Well, it’s not going to be a single payer.”
Who is Nancy Pelosi speaking for?
Not for the American people.
Not for those who will die or get sicker month after month.
How are we to respond?
Focus our collective creative energy on Congressional offices around the country — offices of all 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate.
That’s why we have set up Single Payer Action. Less than two months old – and already Single Payer Action is making waves. In front of Congressional offices from Martinsburg, West Virginia to Seattle, Washington. On Capitol Hill, standing up to the corporate lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress. And on the web, challenging the corporate controlled media to put single payer back on the table of public debate.
There is support in Congress for single payer. Already, 76 House members support HR 676 – the single payer bill in the House.
But the Democratic leadership in Washington has taken single payer off the table. They meet regularly behind closed doors with insurance and drug industry lobbyists – to thwart single payer. Time to turn up the heat – and get the word out to the American people.
(Just last week, I was at the University of Colorado in Boulder where I spoke to an enthusiastic audience. Topic: Single payer, full Medicare health insurance for all.)
We need your help now. To send speakers to all four corners of this country. To fund organizing drives at Congressional offices around the country. To shake up the system for single payer.
Together, we can break the logjam in Congress – and deliver health care to all. Let’s get it done.
Onward to single payer.
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