Action Alert: single payer advocates to have Sen. Baucus for Breakfast
Action Alert: Demo. at National Health Policy Conference
Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 8:30 – 10:00 AM
National Health Policy Conference that includes a Congressional Plenary on Tuesday morning starting at 9:00 AM. Senator Baucus and Representative Stark start off at 9:00, followed by Senate and House staff at 9:45 AM.
-Gather outside the hotel with banners and signs
-Street theater targeting health insurers, big Pharma and Baucus
-Which side are you on, Senator?
-Who do you work for, Senator Baucus? Us or them?
-Leaflet passersby and conference attendees as they arrive
Key Talking Points
1. Single-payer health care can’t be “off the table.” Polling data, national endorsements, House support, and the results of Obama/Daschle house health care meetings (Jan. 15-31) dictate otherwise.
2. Baucus motives must be questioned. He receives major support from health insurance and pharmaceuticals – over $ 1 million in 2008. Schering-Plough, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kindred Healthcare and Wyeth were all in his list of top twenty contributors in the 2007-2008 election cycle. He told ABC News “Lobbyists just want what’s best for America,” and “they really care about our country.”
3. In his white paper report (link below), Baucus claims he wants to achieve coverage for every American, provide higher quality care with greater value, and weed out waste to create a sustainable financing system. His plan calls for private insurers to play a major role, yet the evidence indicates that a single-payer system is the only way to guarantee coverage to every American, and to control costs.
How You Can Help
-Bring folks, banners and signs on Tuesday morning from 8:30-10 AM
-Send out your own press advisory about the event, and follow-up with a press release. Include major papers in Montana.
-Encourage your constituents to flood Sen. Baucus with calls and letters