Baucus faces more protestors and today's single payer news
HELENA, Mont. (AP) Advocates for a government run health care system marched in the streets in several Montana cities Friday to protest U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' leading overhaul plan.
Rochester For HR 676 collected 1,300 signatures in support of a national single-payer system. We marched to the Federal Building and presented them to Slaughter’s aides. Copies were delivered to our senators. Although polls have shown 85 percent of Americans support major overhaul of our system, and 65 percent believe we should adopt a system that covers everyone “under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers,” our representatives say HR 676 won’t pass, and prefer to “piece this thing together,” as President Obama said.
HELENA - Activists pushing for government-funded health coverage of all citizens took after U.S. Sen. Max Baucus and private health insurers again Friday at rallies across the state, but they also had something to cheer about.
Last week, a U.S. House committee amended a major health reform bill to allow individual states to set up a Medicare-for-all system, also known as a "single-payer" system, that covers everyone equally.
There’s been virtually no stories about labor’s support for HR 676 [Representative John Conyers' single-payer legislation], despite the fact it’s been endorsed by 554 union organizations in 49 states and by 130 Central Labor Councils. But we heard plenty when Andy Stern, the president of the SEIU sat down with Lee Scott, the CEO of Wal-mart to discuss solutions to the nation’s health care crisis. Those two are experts on providing health care to workers? What about the nurses and doctors who support single-payer and got dragged out of, and arrested in Max Baucus’s senate hearings in Washington, DC? If doctors and nurses had been arrested for any other political issue it would have been the lead story in every newspaper and online edition. Doctors and nurses never deliberately get arrested -- that’s news!
Healthcare Protest in front of Evan Bayh's offices Monday 4:30-6:30. Will be in Ft Wayne with Kos County! His vote is critical! Get involved