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Maine State Legislature Endorses HR 676 – Medicare for All

Posted by randyshannon on April 28, 2009

Both Houses of the Maine state legislature, on roll call votes, have endorsed a single payer healthcare system and HR 676.

Separately, a just released poll conducted by the Maine Medical Society, shows that a majority of the state’s physicians support a single payer
healthcare system.

The HR 676 resolution and vote in Maine, follows a similar roll call vote by the New Hampshire House.  The New Hampshire House voted 192-150 on March 24th In favor of Resolution HCR2 which endorses HR 676 and a single payer health care system.

Below is the Associated Press story that ran in many Maine newspapers which also cites the recent poll conducted by the Maine Medical Society.

A copy of the Maine legislature’s Joint Resolution can be found at:    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/billtexts/HP100401.asp

Submitted By The Associated Press
on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 3:13 pm
AUGUSTA  –  Maine  lawmakers have passed a resolution calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a single-payer health system that covers everyone. The Senate passed the nonbinding resolution by a 20-15 vote on Wednesday, a day after the House did the same by a 91-52 vote.
The resolution cites the high costs of the present system and says managed care, health maintenance organizations and other reforms have failed to contain health costs. The resolution was passed months after a poll of nearly 600 Maine physicians showed a majority in favor of a single payer or “Medicare for all” approach. The survey, conducted in November and December, showed 52 percent in favor and 48 percent against.

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Plumbers and Carpenters Locals in Oregon Endorse HR 676 – Medicare for All

Posted by randyshannon on April 28, 2009

Portland, Oregon.   Carpenters’ Local 247 has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers
(D-MI).

An informal group of union members from different crafts, calling themselves Cross Trade Solidarity, has organized to push for endorsements
of the Conyers legislation in Portland area locals.

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 has endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).  The 4,000 member local has jurisdiction in Northern California, Southwest Washington and Oregon.

Eric Fanning, who introduced the endorsement resolution, said after it passed:  “The membership of United Association Local 290, Plumbers and Steamfitters, is fully aware of the crisis in health care where profits trump patient care.  The Massachusetts plan has proven to be a failure.
Senator Ron Wyden’s proposed plan would tax our health and welfare contributions, and this does not benefit organized labor.  Health Care for
America Now (HCAN) would create a two-tiered health care system.  HR 676, we believe, is the best solution to our health care crisis.”

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MAY 13 National Rally at Capitol and Call Your Congressman for Single Payer Healthcare

Posted by randyshannon on April 28, 2009

Groups strategize for single-payer plan

 

President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) rarely pass up a chance to snub single-payer health care — a term that means a government-run system. So opponents on the left who want their voices heard in the debate over health care reform are planning to yell a little bit louder as Congress considers creating a public insurance plan to compete with private insurers.

Their strategy is simple: By pushing hard for single-payer health care, a robust public insurance option ends up looking like a compromise Democrats could accept.

“The best way to get half the pie is ask for the whole pie,” said Katie Robbins, assistant national coordinator of Healthcare-Now, which will not endorse the public plan but acknowledges the strategy. “It is like horse trading.”

Healthcare-Now doesn’t have a seat at the White House negotiating table with other interest groups, including its chief nemesis, the insurance industry. So single-payer advocates have resolved to make their cause hard to ignore. Advocates say that by making the government the sole administrator of health care, the U.S. could save billions of dollars annually on reduced administrative costs.

Single-payer groups earned headlines in March by accusing the White House of excluding them from the first health care forum, and they eventually won seats. Last week, two of those groups — the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee — launched a Web ad campaign costing in the “low six figures,” targeting the five Democratic committee chairmen writing the health care legislation. On May 13, single-payer advocates will rally at the Capitol.

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