Time for More Single-Payer Truth Hearings
By the depth and amount of your response to our website, the National Strategy Conference, and the various videos and other resources offered from Healthcare-NOW, it is clear that we are growing in numbers and in commitment to a national, single-payer healthcare system in this country.
In addition, president-elect Barack Obama continues to commit to healthcare coverage for the whole nation as an early part of his economic recovery plan—a commitment that we know can only be fulfilled by the savings promised by single-payer system.
About one-third of public spending on healthcare goes to private health insurance companies. If we put that money towards a national healthcare system, we will save more than $300 billion while getting a wonderful, universal healthcare system that covers everyone.
It should be said that President-elect Obama has not yet committed to that kind of system, but it is only a matter of time, AND IT DEPENDS ON THE AMOUNT OF WORK WE DO in support of HR 676 in Congress.
Do you remember two years ago how we held Citizen Congressional Hearings in our towns and cities nationwide? Our activists invited members of Congress to come home to meet with their constituents in a hearing where they were able to speak and convince them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.R. 676, the single-payer bill in Congress.
Well, now is the time to do it again. We have a lot of new members of Congress who haven’t heard from us on this subject, and it is also time to get re-commitments on the part of the old ones. It is really important to let these new members of Congress (both Republicans and Democrats) hear from us right at the start of their term.
One of the most important byproducts of these Citizen Congressional Hearings is that they form new Healthcare-NOW activist groups—last time in about 300 cities. Now is the time to do that again too.
If you’re interested in holding a Truth Hearing in your town or city, please visit our Truth Hearings Page for more information, and contact Katie Robbins at info[at]heatlhcare-now.org or 800-453-1305.
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Marilyn Clement, National Coordinator
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.