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National Day of Action: Albany NY May 27

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Healthcare-Now! reports that Albany will hold its its national day of action on May 27, which is a Wednesday.

We will be lobbying to get New York State to pass legislation to establish a single payer program for New York State. Legislation (A2356 / S2370) is pending in both houses. Governor Paterson has been a long time supporter of single payer health care.

We also will be working to pass a State Senate resolution in support of a federal single payer bill. The New York State Assembly passed a resolution last year.

There will be a noon time rally in west Capitol Park. This is part of a national week of action on single payer.

The day will begin with a 9:30 AM briefing on single payer. We expect this to be at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St (1/2 block from the Capitol). We will have meetings with legislators from 11 to 12 and then from 1 to 4 PM.

Please let us know if you plan to attend the state lobby day by contacting dunleamark@aol.com or calling 518 434-7371 xt 1#. Please let us know who you state assemblymember and senator is. Please let us know if you are able to offer a ride to others.

When: May 27th
Contact: Dr Richard Propp
Sponsor: Single Payer New York, Capital District Alliance for Universal Health Care, PNHP-NY
More information: www.singlepayernewyork.org

New Yorkers, PLEASE attend this if possible, and PLEASE take photos and post them to Corrente.

Remember, our fall back position is that no federal plan pass that prohibits states from enacting their own single payer systems.

Edit -
Note - Schumer is a member of the budget committee, so it is critical that the Albany demonstration be well attended. You can be very sure that his staff is paying attention. Kirsten Gillibrand is a new senator, so it is critical to reach her before she gets set in her ways.

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