On May 5, 2009, 8 health advocates stood up to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Max Baucus, to expose the exclusion of the health reform favored by the majority of people in America: a single payer/national improved Medicare for All health program. Industry lobbyists were invited to testify before the committee while single payer leaders were excluded despite a request to participate. The advocates, who became known as the Baucus 8, gathered one year later to discuss their motivations for speaking out on that day:
In this longer video, the Baucus 8 reveal what they learned about the health reform process and what we need to do now to achieve true health reform: Single payer/national improved Medicare for All.
Members of the Baucus 8 are represented by the organizations listed below. You can learn more about their work and get involved through their websites.
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