Action Alert: Tomorrow's: Senate hearing on health reform
Received this note from Healthcare Now!:
Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter,
On November 19th, 2008, at 10 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee will hold a host a hearing in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, D.C., titled: “Health Care Reform: An Economic Perspective.”
As of this time, only two U.S. Senators, Max Baucus of Montana and Charles Grassley of Iowa, are slated to offer statements, and only four other individuals are being offered as witnesses. There is no citizen or patient voice in this discussion of economic perspectives, and there is no nurse, doctor or other health care provider or professional voice in this discussion – no balance of perspectives from which our Senate can make informed choices.
The hearing announcement is linked here: http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/hearing111908.htm
We do not have a lot of time, but for those of us who are able, making some contact with the two Senate members offering comment and with other members of the finance committee is important. Contact information is below (Fax and phone call is best, followed by email contact).
Please send this message: "HR 676 is the only bill that will provide truly universal, comprehensive and guaranteed medical care to everyone in the United States while simultaneously saving money by cutting out the profiteering interests of the private insurance industry. Single-payer must be included in any conversation on health care reform and economic impact. It is the gold standard of health care reform because it is the most effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible way to deliver health care."
VoteSmart links to members of the Senate Finance Committee
Sen Max Baucus, Montana, chairman
Sen Charles Grassley, Iowa
Link to list of full membership of Senate Finance Committee:
The members are (some will not be back in the 111th Congress):
Sen. John Rockefeller, West Virginia
Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota
Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico
Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas
Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon
Sen. Charles Schumer, New York
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
Sen. Maria Cantwell, Washington
Sen. Ken Salazar, Colorado
Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky
Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho
Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas
Sen. John Ensign, Nevada
Sen. John Sununu, New Hampshire
Let’s make our voices heard. Fax, write, call and attend if you can.
Healthcare-NOW! and the network of single-payer supporters are gearing up for serious Congressional Impact. Please stay posted on how you can help us make a real impact now.
In peace and health,