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What if the fire department was run like the health insurance?

If the health insurance companies are left in the mix with reform – what changes?   If you want to see what real change and cost effective health care could be, then click on this this link and watch the Single Payer video! 

If this meets with you approval, then please HELP make it happen!

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

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

And one more– Call President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW

Visit the Healthcare-Now and  the Physicians for a National Health Program web sites to learn more!

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Senator Max Baucus is on who’s payroll?

baucusHe takes money from the industry and does their bidding

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The Senators Career Campaign Contributions:

From the insurance industry: $1,170,313.
From the health professionals: $1,016,276.
From the pharmaceuticals/health-products industry: $734,605.
From the hospitals/nursing homes: $541,891.
From the health services/HMOs: $439,700.

Baucus’ Raucous Caucus


By Amy Goodman // truthdig.com

Barack Obama appeared this week with health-industry bigwigs, proclaiming light at the end of the health-care tunnel. Among those gathered were executives from HMO giants Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Health Net Inc., and the health-insurance lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans; from the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association; from medical-device companies; and from the pharmaceutical industry, including the president and CEO of Merck and former Rep. Billy Tauzin, now president and CEO of PhRMA, the massive industry lobbying group. They have pledged to voluntarily shave some $2 trillion off of U.S. health-care costs over 10 years. But these groups, which are heavily invested in the U.S. health-care status quo, have little incentive to actually make good on their promises.

This is beginning to look like a replay of the failed 1993 health-care reform efforts led by then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Back then, the business interests took a hard line and waged a PR campaign, headlined by a fictitious middle-class couple, Harry and Louise, who feared a government-run health-care bureaucracy.

Still absent from the debate are advocates for single-payer, often referred to as the “Canadian-style” health care. Single-payer health care is not “socialized medicine.” According to Physicians for a National Health Program, single-payer means “the government pays for care that is delivered in the private (mostly not-for-profit) sector.”

A February CBS News poll found that 59 percent in the U.S. say the government should provide national health insurance.   (Read the whole story)

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May 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

Actor Mike Farrell at Capitol Hill Rally for Single Payer Healthcare!

Not only was Mike Farrel in Washington at the Capital Hill rally today, he also appeared on the MSNBC // Ed Show.  If you have the time – Ed & Mike are great, watch the video… (link)     Mike Farrel is advocating for a Single Payer Healthcare system.

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Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “respect” his performance!   Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one more – Call President Obama at the White House, the Senator’s boss in this matter and tell him that the Senator respects us!  Also tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW!  //  (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111)

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May 11, 2009 at 2:58 am

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Ed Schultz MSNBC – Single Payer, WHY OFF “The Table” Senator Max Baucus?

Ed Schultz speaks with Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program about whether single-payer is on or off “the table” and what it’s like getting arrested by Capitol Hill police…

I am so pleased that Ed Schultz  of MSNBC did this story!   Thank You Ed & MSNBC, you might actually restore my faith in some US media…

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Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “respect” his performance!   Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one more – Call President Obama at the White House, the Senator’s boss in this matter and tell him that the Senator respects us!  Also tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW!  (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111)

Senator Max Baucus tells a BIG lie – Ask him why?

This is what the Senator had to say to the protesters after having the police arrest them!

baucusSen Max Baucus: Let me say this. I think I speak for everybody on the committee and everybody in the Congress… deeply, deeply respect the views of all members of the audience and of all Americans who feel deeply about health care reform, especially those who are worried about single pay system, public option, who really do fervently believe that is the proper result. That is a view that many people have. It’s a view which I respect. There are other approaches to health care reform which also I respect. The whole point of this hearing and other hearings is to try to determine the best route, the best option, in determining how to best reform our country’s health care system. So for those of you who remain in the audience who may be inclined to stand up and, out of order, to state your views, I encourage you to not do so, because I want you to know that I personally care deeply about your views. I deeply respect your views. I hear what you say. I talk to a lot of people in my home state of Montana who have the exact same views. I represent 900,000 of the world’s best bosses, Montanans, and many of them have the very same view. But we aren’t going to get the best result here… the more we can have an orderly discussion of how we should best reform the health care system. So I want to say to everyone, especially those of you who might be inclined to stand up, that I urge you not to so we can proceed with the hearing holding your views also deeply in mind as we proceed. Thank you.

Comment By Don McCanne, MD  // Physicians for a National Health Program  (link)

Apparently the single payer views must have been held very deeply, hidden in the minds of the Senators and the witnesses, since at no time during the hearing was single payer discussed as an option for reform.

It is one thing to respect the views of those who support a model of reform that actually would provide all necessary health care for everyone and make it affordable for each and every individual, but it is quite something else to restrict the discussion to options that cannot ever achieve those goals.

This hearing represents the the framework of reform that is being crafted behind closed doors. The tragedy is that any bill that results from this process will delay further the reform that we desperately need. In the meantime, tens of millions or more will face unnecessary physical suffering and financial hardship, and many will die.

The epitaph: BUT MY VIEWS WERE RESPECTED

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Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “respect” his performance!   Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one more – Call President Obama at the White House, the Senator’s boss in this matter and tell him that the Senator respects us!  Also tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW!  (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111)

Against the will of the American people!

ron-pollackRon Pollack identifies himself as a consumer advocate, and is the executive director of Families USA.

karn-ignagniKaren Ignagni represents the health insurance industry.

On Thursday at 3 p.m., Ron Pollack will join Karen Ignagni in a live web chat to discuss “health reform.”

The live web chat is sponsored by The Campaign for an American Solution.  The Campaign for an American Solution is a fake grassroots group created by the health insurance industry.   The idea is that we can’t have single payer because it’s not American.

Or as Senator Max Baucus put it when asked about single payer last month – “We have come up with a uniquely American solution which is a combination of public and private, because we are America.”  

But there is a uniquely American solution and it’s called single payer (HR6 676)  and it has 76 members of the House who support it.

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The above are highlights from:  Standing Against Single Payer -My Ron Pollack Problem – and Yours
by Russell Mokhiber // commondreams.org

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