Tuesday, August 4, 2009

An action a day! Contact the House leadership to score HR 676

With a click of a mouse, or a few moments on the phone, you can push for a vital part of the single payer victory: having HR 676 scored by the Congressional Budget Office. 

The Congressional Budget Office is charged with providing Congress an objective and non-partisan analysis of programs covered by the federal budget. This analysis includes "scoring" proposed legislation, so that members of Congress can weigh the cost-benefits of competing bills. In July the office scored HR 3200, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, and found that it would add $239 billion to the federal deficit over a 10 year period and leave about 17 million uninsured.

No fair debate on HR 676 can take place unless the CBO crunches the numbers for single payer as well.

Today, please take some time to contact House leaders and ask that they order a CBO scoring of HR 676.

By clicking here, you can send an email to Reps. Steny Hoyer, Jim Clyburn, George Miller, Charles Rangel, Henry Waxman, and Nancy Pelosi.

A phone call packs more punch, though. So if you have more time, please contact their offices directly. This goes double if you're a constituent. The numbers are:

Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Phone: (202) 225-4131, Fax: (202) 225-4300
Rep Jim Clyburn (SC-6), who won't talk to people outside his district.
Rep. George Miller (CA-7), Phone: 202-225-2095, Fax: 202-225-5609
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-15), Phone: 202-225-4365, Fax: 202-225-0816
Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-30), Phone: (202) 225-3976, Fax: (202) 225-4099
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-8), Phone: (202) 225-4965

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