Friday, June 19, 2009

Two Quick Actions for Single Payer!

Through your efforts the grassroots movement for single payer health care is growing stronger and louder every day. But we must keep up the pressure. We're headed into the "endgame" for health care reform, with lobbyists for the health care profiteers swarming over Capitol Hill promoting piecemeal plans and toothless reform.

Please forward this alert to everyone on your lists and take the actions below. And keep making calls, talking to family and friends, sharing your health care stories, responding to the media, and writing letters to the editor. We will be heard!

Action #1: Sign Sen. Bernie Sanders's "A Petition to Congress Supporting Single-Payer Health Care"
Sign the petition, forward the petition, and leave your story on the comments section. More than 20,000 people have already added their names. Join them!

Action #2: Call Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at 1-877-696-6775 and email the President.
Tell them that the current proposed health care reforms are not universal (36 million Americans will still be uninsured), and too expensive--with Congressional Budget Office estimates on the Kennedy legislation at $1 trillion over ten years. Adopt single payer, make health care a right, not a commodity, and you cover everyone and save nearly $400 billion.

Finally, thanks to Alliance for Democracy members in Rochester, New York, for their work for single payer, and for Alliance co-chair Lou Hammann, who has been working both nationally and at the state level; check out a slideshow from Healthcare for All PA's single payer rally June 11 in Harrisburg, PA in support of Pennsylvania's two state-level bills. On Friday, June 26, AfD council member Ruth Caplan will speak at a single payer demo in Washington D.C., starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Union Station. If you're in the area, be part of this action!

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