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Letter to Senator Ted Kennedy & Tom Daschle

ted-kennedytom-daschlePlease consider sending the following letter to Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle.  If this opportunity is missed, we may go another decade or two without help.  Real “change” will only come about from your participation…   Please Help!   You can copy the below letter and paste in the respective comments at the below sites…   Thanks for your consideration!

LINK to Senator Ted Kennedy:

LINK to Tom Daschle:

To learn more about HR676, a single payer approach go to the Physicians for a National Health Program.  LINK :  They have a great Q & A …

*** The Letter ***

Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle
United States Senate and
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Ted Kennedy and Tom Daschle

We understand that you are currently working energetically on a comprehensive health care reform bill to be introduced in the new session.

There are certain junctures in history when the obstacles of the past melt in the heat of a rising popular demand for change. This is one of those times.

Senator Kennedy, you once proudly described yourself as “an old single payer advocate.” We urge you to return to that vision now when your tremendous influence could make this truly just and practical plan a reality.

Please consider the simplicity, cost effectiveness and humanity of a single payer plan which could be implemented comparatively easily as was traditional Medicare. Any plan that keeps the profit-making insurance companies in the mix will add layers of bureaucracy, will not be able to control costs, and will fail in the noble effort to bring good care to all.

We ask that you both introduce, in the Senate, legislation modeled on HR 676, which has now gained the support of 94 representatives in the US House, 480 union bodies, 39 state AFL-CIO’s, 117 Central Labor Councils, 20 international unions, the US Conference of Mayors, the Houses of Representatives in Kentucky, New Hampshire and New York, and hundreds more cities, counties, faith groups and organizations that express the great hope and dire need of our people.

We urge you both to be our Tommy Douglas, to lead the charge for nonprofit single payer universal coverage. The people will be with you. Surely we deserve the health benefits offered to the people of every other country in the industrialized world—all medically necessary care and freedom from the fear of economic ruin due to illness. It is only by moving to single payer that we can cut the waste while expanding the care.

We must not squander the opportunity of this momentous time. With your experience and stature in Congress and the nation, you are uniquely able to ensure that generations to come will enjoy the legacy of health care as a human right. Please say “yes” to single payer.


Written by jointefforthost

December 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Throw your Shoes at George Bush!

In Arab culture, throwing shoes is a grave show of disrespect. The man shouted an Arabic phrase, which an Iraqi present translated as “this is a farewell kiss, dog.”

Written by jointefforthost

December 15, 2008 at 3:18 am