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Today's single payer post: Unitarian Universalist

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General Assembly delegates endorse single-payer health care

GA delegates passed five Actions of Immediate Witness with little or no discussion in the sixth and final plenary session Sunday afternoon. One AIW, on ending present-day slavery in the fields, had passed at the morning plenary.

According to the UUA bylaws, Actions of Immediate Witness are resolutions "concerned with a significant action, event, or development, the timing or specificity of which makes it inappropriate to be addressed by a UUA Statement of Conscience." They should be focused and urgent enough to require immediate action. In 2007 the AIWs included: Pass the Employment Non-discrimination Act with Transgender Inclusion and Protection; Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education; Support Immigrant Families; and Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The following AIWs were endorsed at the sixth plenary session:

The first AIW, Single-Payer Health Care, was the only one to engender discussion. H.R. 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act (Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Bill), advocating a single-payer system was submitted to Congress in April. The AIW urges UU congregations to lobby their representatives to co-sponsor and pass HR 676. "It's time our nation, founded on promoting the common welfare, promoted healthcare for all," said the Rev. Lucy Hitchcock Seck of Miami, Fla.

Single-payer health care is a system in which doctors, hospitals, and pharmacists are paid out of one pot of money, usually provided by the government.

Opponents said that single payer health care was not the same as universal health care. "The bill narrows down the possibilities for universal health care coverage," said John Harky of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville. "Single-payer peels away a lot of the support for universal coverage."

Despite objections, the AIW passed with a majority.

The following AIWs passed with no discussion: Oppose a U.S. Attack on Iran; Raise the Federal Minimum Wage to $10 in 2010; Extend the Tax Credit for Wind and Solar Power; and Oppose the Florida and California Marriage Protection Initiatives.

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Submitted by lambert on

... for single payer, cuddling up to the Unitarians wouldn't be bad duty at all....

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by amberglow on

75, and then again in 93 when Hillary was fighting for it--

from 93-- "... The provision of more affordable and more easily accessed health care in America has become a pressing matter for Reform Jews, who operate with a prophetic mandate to "do justly" and to provide for those in need. Our resolutions on "social insurance" for adequate health care date back to 1948, and on a single-payer approach to national health care, to 1975. In the current crisis of health care coverage and access, our commitment to health care leads us and our constituencies to adopt a set of principles regarding health care and to work in coalition with other groups seeking similar goals.

President Clinton and the Administration have proposed a national health care plan, the Health Security Act, that features many important improvements over the current health care system. Among these are the provision of comprehensive coverage to the uninsured and underinsured, prevention of denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and emphasis on preventative and primary care. ..."

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I am going through the religious organizations who have endorsed this one by one. I want everyone to see the breadth of the coalition.