|Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:On the eve of what could have been the first vote on single-payer legislation in our nation’s history, we have just learned that because of last minute developments, the vote and debate on Congressman Weiner’s single-payer amendment will not happen.
Speaker Pelosi received a statement from Rep. Kucinich and Rep. Conyers, the co-authors of HR 676, that they do not think that this is the right time for a vote on national single-payer legislation. They made this statement despite the extensive mobilization in support of this vote across the country. In addition, Speaker Pelosi felt that offering a single-payer amendment would open the floodgates to amendments proposed to limit abortion funds, restrict immigrant access to healthcare, and other regressive legislation.
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Daily Archives: November 6, 2009
Dramatic New Developments in Fight for Single Payer Healthcare
by Randy Shannon
The Weiner single payer amendment has been withdrawn. Cong. Weiner is meeting with President Obama today. Congressmen Kucinich and Conyers have asked healthcare reform advocates to stand down on single payer lobbying until further notice. The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare, which is the coalition of national unions and grass-roots organizations including PDA that support universal single payer Medicare for All, will release more information soon.
Below is a communication from the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program and a communication from PDA:
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Healthcare Bill Will Perpetuate Inequality in Care
The Next Phase of Healthcare Apartheid
By Norman Solomon
November 5, 2009
In Washington, “healthcare reform” has degenerated into a sick joke.
At this point, only spinners who’ve succumbed to their own vertigo could use the word “robust” to describe the public option in the healthcare bill that the House Democratic leadership has sent to the floor.
“A main argument was that a public plan would save people money,” the New York Times has noted. But the insurance industry–claiming to want a level playing field–has gotten the Obama administration to bulldoze the plan. “After House Democratic leaders unveiled their health care bill [on October 29], the Congressional Budget Office said the public plan would cost more than private plans and only 6 million people would sign up.”
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