Sander's amendment and the day's news
CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--December 3, 2009. Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment to the Senate health reform bill Wednesday that would replace the bulk of the Senate bill’s language with provisions establishing a single-payer, Medicare-for-All program.
Joining with Sanders, I-Vt., in co-sponsoring the measure, known as Senate Amendment 2837, were Senators Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Roland Burris, D-Ill. Other senators, including Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have previously declared their support for single-payer health reform. The vote on the measure could take place in the next few days.
The single-payer mechanism has been advocated by Albany County Executive Michael Breslin and others for some time. Shelly thinks the "best vehicle for health care reform is the bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee." Should this private, for-profit insurance expansion legislation fail, for whatever reason, we urge President Barack Obama to spare us all the Washingtonian theatrics and money grabbing, and propose such an expansion of Medicare.
Michael J. Cummings and Richard Propp, M.D., of Albany are members of the Capital District Alliance for Universal HealthCare.
Durbin says the reproductive rights are negotiable.
On a recent visit to Canada, I spoke with a number of Canadians about their single payer medical coverage. While certainly imperfect, it is a huge improvement over our system. While those with whom I spoke all had some criticisms of their medical coverage, they were unanimous in supporting it. Their main questions to me were about how we in the US can possibly continue with our present system.