Thursday, July 23, 2009

The latest on the single-payer vote

The vote on Rep. Anthony Weiner's single payer amendment has been postponed to Friday. According to & Bob Fertik, House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Harvey Waxman is postponing the vote because it might pass, especially on the heels of the Kucinich Amendment for a single-payer state option, which passed by a healthy bi-partisan majority.

Fertik also points out that the truth about single payer is getting out, and it's not just the people who are telling it. Last night, during President Obama's press conference, he concurred with the medical community, the developed world, and common sense:

"I want to cover everybody. Now, the truth is that, unless you have a single-payer system, in which everybody is automatically covered, then you're probably not going to reach every single individual." has a handy whip list of Dems on the Energy and Commerce Committee who are leaning "yes" on single payer, or who have not indicated their stand:

Lean Yes
Diana DeGette, CO01, 202-225-4431
Jane Harman, CA36, 202-225-8220
Christopher Murphy, CT05, 202-225-4476
Frank Pallone, NJ06, 202-225-4671
Bobby Rush, IL01, 202-225-4372
Peter Welch, VT00, 202-225-4115

Won't Say / "Not Enought Votes"
Rick Boucher, VA09, 202-225-3861
Bruce Braley, IA01, 202-225-2911
G.K. Butterfield, NC01, 202-225-3101
Lois Capps, CA23, 202-225-3601
Kathy Castor, FL11, 202-225-3376
John Dingell, MI15, 202-225-4071
Charles Gonzalez, TX20, 202-225-3236
Gene Green, TX29, 202-225-1688
Jay Inslee, WA01, 202-225-6311
Doris Matsui, CA05, 202-225-7163
Jerry McNerney, CA11, 202-225-1947
John Sarbanes, MD03, 202-225-4016
Bart Stupak, MI01, 202-225-4735
Betty Sutton, OH13, 202-225-3401
Henry Waxman (Chair), CA30, 202-225-3976

If these folks can be brought on board, the amendment will pass. Your calls are vital and they are working! is collecting feedback from calls here. We'd also like to hear what your reps have to say--you can post a comment here. There's also a petition to representatives at the site.

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