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The Weiner single payer amendment has been withdrawn.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:
|–No Floor Vote–
Stop calling Congress on Weiner amendment
Early this morning, we learned that Rep. Weiner pulled his amendment and that there will be no vote on Medicare for All.
Please, do not make any further calls to Congress asking members to support the Weiner amendment.
Look for an email from the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare later today explaining this sudden development.
In the coming hours, look for email messages from Congressmen Weiner, Kucinich and Conyers explaining next steps.
We want to thank all of you who have been working the phones and keeping up with the barrage of actions. While we won’t get our vote on Weiner, we still have work to do.
Let’s keep up the pressure on inserting the Kucinich amendment, and in support of Sen. Sanders’ bill in the Senate. And, the Mobilization for Healthcare for All continues, as well as our work to pass single-payer healthcare in the states.
This is a teaching moment–clearly better communication between Congress members and the grassroots that support them is needed.
In solidarity and peace,
Tim Carpenter for PDA
P.S. Next week we’ll be launching Brown-bag Lunch Vigils as part of the updated Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign–stay tuned for details.