Today in single payer activism
By now it is almost a cliche to say that America's health care system is broken. In response, many politicians who are calling for "reform" and "universal health coverage" are not, in fact, clarifying the situation because they include in their new plans the very elements that have busted the system. So the political battle in the first days of 2009 will be over "token reform" or a bold, truly universal type of health insurance. ...
... Is a single-payer system just the blue-sky proposal of some Washington, D.C., think tank? Not by a long shot. It is the work product of Rep. John Conyers and has 90 other congressmen as co-sponsors. This is about one in five House members. Also endorsing HR676 are the U.S. Conference of Mayors (a nonpartisan group of 1,100 members), Physicians for National Health Care Program (more than 10,000 doctors), League of Independent Voters, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, 32 city councils (including Louisville, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit and Boston), 14 national and international labor organizations, the American Medical Students' Association, the National Family Farm Coalition and more.
If you want to fight for health care: Healthcare-NOW (healthcare-now.org), Physicians for a National Health Care Program (pnhp.org), California Nurses Association (calnurse.org), Private Health Insurance Must Go Coalition (phimg.org), Single Payer New York
If I could ask readers to do just one thing for Medicare for All, it would be to write a letter to the editor, it is the only way we can get the message out to the general public.