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Public Meeting on Healthcare with Cong. Altmire 9:15am May 9th in Cranberry

Posted by carldavidson on May 4, 2009

SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESSMAN ALTMIRE (D-4th)

HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT,
NOT JUST ANOTHER
‘INSURANCE PRODUCT’
TO BE SOLD FOR PROFIT!

Saturday May 9, 2009
Cranberry Twp. Municipal Building
2525 Rochester Road
9:15 AM

o    Insurance companies like AARP do not cure the sick, care for patients, or cure disease.
o    Giving taxpayer dollars to insurance companies is not healthcare reform
o    We want healthcare not health insurance
o    Health care insurance premiums are out of control, rising 100% since 2000 and projected to consume all of the average household income by 2025!
o    Private insurance offers less choice. 95% of HMO/PPO metro markets in the USA are near monopolies.  UPMC and Highmark are dominant in our area!

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR A UNIVERSAL NOT FOR PROFIT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM

WHY DOES JASON ALTMIRE REFUSE TO LET HR 676, THE U.S. HEALTH CARE ACT, THE SINGLE PAYER SOLUTION BE DEBATED AS A HEALTHCARE OPTION?

WHO DOES JASON ALTMIRE REPRESENT?

INSURANCE/FINANCE COMPANIES OR THE PEOPLE?

For more information
W.PA. Coalition for Single Payer HealthCare
http://www.wpasinglepayer.org
412-826-1270

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NY Labor Council Urges AFL-CIO Convention to Endorse HR 676

Posted by randyshannon on May 4, 2009

The Troy Area Labor Council has submitted a resolution to the AFL-CIO September Convention, calling for the AFL-CIO to endorse HR 676, and to lobby against  “any fallback program of mandated insurance or public option plans which include the wasteful for-profit insurance industry.”

The Troy Council’s resolution also asks that  “the AFL-CIO help organize and financially support a ‘Healthcare is a Human Right’ Solidarity March
and Rally in Washington, DC.”

The upstate New York labor council has sent copies of its resolution to all 491 Central labor Councils and Area labor federations requesting  “that your Labor Council join with us in submitting this or a similar resolution to this year’s AFL-CIO Convention.”

In the letter, sent to all 491Labor Councils, Mike Keenan, President of the Troy Council, said: “While the discussion of health care reform goes
on in the White House and in the Congress, unfortunately, what we are hearing from the media are mostly the voices of the insurance industry and pharmaceutical lobbies; and misguided politicians who think that the healthcare crisis can be solved by either taxing healthcare benefits or
mandating that we purchase health insurance.”

The AFL-CIO Convention will meet September 14-17th in Pittsburgh, PA.  Labor Councils are entitled to vote in the convention.   One hundred and twenty-seven Labor Councils have endorsed HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and 75 co-sponsors.

The Troy Council’s letter  is at:    http://www.pefencon.info/HR676/TALC_Cover_Letter.pdf

The Troy resolution is at:    http://www.pefencon.info/HR676/Resolution.htm

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