Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A fair hearing for single payer? It can be done, if you speak out now!

House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) has announced that the Committee will hold another hearing in a series on reforming the health insurance market.

The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and will focus on ensuring greater accessibility and affordability.

It's imperative that single payer get a fair hearing on Wednesday.

AfD as part of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care stands behind single payer as the only option. Please note that MoveOn, Howard Dean's Democracy for America, and Healthcare for America NOW (HCAN) talk about a "public option," but they do not mean single payer. They are advocating for reform that only includes the CHOICE of a public option while keeping in place the private for-profit plans.

The only reform that will provide the reasonable affordable health care for all that we must have and deliver the cost savings for now and over the decades is the single payer plan.

Please call Chairman Rangel's office now (toll free at 866-338-1015) to request the Committee invite expert single-payer witnesses to testify. If you can't make a call, email his office through through Change.org here.

Here's a script:
I am calling as a part of a nationwide effort with the Alliance for Democracy, one of the members of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, to urge Chairman Rangel and the Ways and Means Committee to contact Physicians for a National Health Program to request an expert witness for the upcoming hearing on health care on April 22nd. PNHP's national office number is 312-782-6006.

Please note: While oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only, any individual or organization can submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. Details on how to do this can be found here. Facts to include can be found in our health care issue of Justice Rising and our "Truths and Myths" brochure on single payer and the failures of the current system.

Don't forget: Progressive Democrats for America are organizing pro-single payer events nationwide this week--click here to see if there's one near you. Also, Healthcare-NOW, in cooperation with the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, is organizing a day of action on May 30, with events in more than 20 cities so far.

Thanks for speaking out!

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