HR676: Everybody in, nobody out!
Who knew (I certainly didn't) that there was a reception at the convention on Tuesday for co-sponsors of HR676, the House bill for single payer health care?
Dr. Claudia Fegan spoke at the reception. It is a very eloquent piece of advocacy and well worth reading. Here is the last bit:
It is time to demand what we deserve. It is time to demand universal health care. We won’t get there by urging the insurance industry to play nice with others. We will get there by demanding a singlepayer national health insurance; Medicare for all.
The idea that singlepayer would take too long makes no sense, Medicare passed and was implemented in one year. The idea we have to do something else while we wait for single payer is like putting a band aid on the problem. As a physician I can tell you band aids are fine but they don’t solve the problem.
We will get there by supporting Congressman Conyers. We will get there by fighting for HR 676.
Physicians for a National Health Program, PNHP is an organization of 15,000 physicians and we are committed to fighting for this change. We are committed to helping Congressman John Conyers get HR 676 through Congress. Nearly 500,000 physicians support single payer. The California Nurses Association is committed. The cosponsors here tonight are committed and the next president of the United States; Barack Obama has told us YES WE CAN.
So together we can answer: Not much longer, not much longer will we let this go on because we are ready to fight to have a health care system that has EVERYBODY IN and NOBODY OUT! Say it with me: EVERYBODY IN NOBODY OUT! EVERYBODY IN NOBODY OUT!
God, I'd have loved to be there.