Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, said, when asked about the “public option,” “Can you say flat out that it’s just never going to be single-payer health insurance?”:
“Oh, I think that’s very much the case. And again, if you want anybody to convince people of that, talk to the single-payer proponents who are furious that the single-payer idea is not part of the discussion. And the president has said over and over again that what we need is an American solution to an American problem. What we have is a situation where most private insurance is provided through a workplace, through a connection with somebody’s employer. And what we don’t want to do as we’re trying to solve the problem of insuring all Americans is dismantle a system that works well for a lot of people.”
In his address to the American Medical Assoc., President Obama said:
“What are not legitimate concerns are those being put forward claiming a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. I’ll be honest. There are countries where a single-payer system may be working. But I believe…that it is important for us to build on our traditions here in the United States. So, when you hear the naysayers claim that I’m trying to bring about government-run health care, know this–they are not telling the truth.”
So what do we, single-payer supporters, do next? Take action!
Call Kathleen Sebelius at 1-877-696-6775 and email the President.
Tell them that, unlike single-payer healthcare (HR 676), the proposed reforms are not universal (36 million Americans will still be uninsured), Americans will pay the entire bill (estimates from the CBO on Senatory Kennedy’s legislation show the reform will cost one trillion dollars over ten years as opposed to the nearly 400 billion dollars in savings under a single-payer system), and healthcare would continue to be a commodity, NOT a guaranteed right.
Also, sign Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Petition to Congress supporting single-payer healthcare.
We are standing up for single-payer health care on July 30th! Join us in Washington, DC on July 30th for Medicare’s 44th Birthday Rally and Lobby Day for Single-Payer Healthcare.