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Opportunity for Single-Payer – HR676

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Excerpts from Crisis = Opportunity for Single-Payer – March 19, 2009 by Healthcare-NOW!  

The Republicans feel confident about their ability to brand Obama’s plan as overly complex and a threat to consumer choice in medical care, as they did so successfully with the Clinton plan in the 1990s.

The Obama plan’s “pay or play” component, giving employers a choice between insuring their employees or paying a tax to help finance the government plan, will no doubt open it up to conservative criticism as a coercive, big-government program. This line may also strike a chord among moderate-income citizens who earn too much to qualify for a subsidy and consequently lose enthusiasm for reform once they start to pay mandatory health premiums.

The single-payer approach, on the other hand, would disarm many of the most explosive Republican arguments. It is far less costly to both employers and individuals—nearly 50% lower per person in Canada than the United States, for instance—and there is no billing of patients or other complexity. Every citizen enjoys the right to health care and a free choice of doctors and hospitals. Start-up costs would be minimal, especially if Medicare were simply expanded to cover the entire public.

Back in 2003, Barack Obama told the Illinois AFL-CIO: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14% of its Gross National Product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody . . . a single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”

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Single Payer (HR676)  is the only solution that is now (almost) on the table that will work!  It will work for you and the country!   The plan is not perfect, but it is the BEST solution that is on the table!  So if you want real health-care at an affordable price, then please don’t wait – take action NOW!

What can you do ?  – Start HERE

Call, write or e-mail your representatives and tell them they need to support Single Payer  HR676  LINK

Call or Fax Seantor Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is on the table!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)     (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

Call President Oboma at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW!

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