Congress will vote on single-payer, Medicare-for-All soon! They need to hear from single-payer supporters from all over the country.

While media coverage of the health reform debate is focused on the Senate Finance Committee’s bill (which was largely drafted by current and former executives at Wellpoint, the nation’s largest private health insurance company), several congressional votes on single-payer, Medicare-for-All loom on the horizon.

You can help determine the outcome of these votes by calling Congress now.

Ask them to support the Weiner, Kucinich, and Sanders amendments.

Sometime in the next two or three weeks, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) amendment to substitute single-payer legislation (along the lines of Rep. Conyers’ H.R. 676) for the House leadership’s bill, H.R. 3200, will come up for an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

Additionally, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has secured a provision in H.R. 3200 that would allow individual states to adopt their own single-payer systems.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will introduce two single-payer amendments to the Senate bill, one to create a national single-payer plan, and the other to allows individual states to adopt single-payer.

Contact Congress today and ask them to vote “yes” on the Weiner, Kucinich, and Sanders amendments for single-payer.

Go here to call for free. It’s easy, knows your Represenatatives, provides a simple call script, and is toll-free. Or, call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

For more on the Kucinich and Weiner amendments, go here.

3 Comments

  1. Michael Bergeron on October 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Just wanted to tell you I called my three representatives (Courtney, Dodd and Lieberman) for eastern CT and urge them to vote for Single Payer Amendments from Kucinich, Weiner and Sanders.



  2. John Barker on October 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    This also is just to let you know that I have been trying to promote single payer in the following ways:

    I have called my three congress men, Rep. Dave Obey, Senators Feingold and Kohl to support HR676, S703, the Weiner, Kucinich and Sanders amendments. Their assistants indicated they would refer the message to the Congress men. Not sure about “phone by internet”. I have my phone unplugged and my computer plugged into the phone jack when it is in use.

    It’s not very promising because all three have indicated they will not support single payer. Obey and Feingold are supposed to be progressive democrats!! I have written to them, emailed them many times and expressed my sentiments at Feingold’s “listening sessions” and the results are negative. Feingold says there isn’t any support for single payer in the Senate. I said to him, there is when you support it!

    The local newspaper is a Republican rag and it’s very difficult to get a democratic or progressive opinion editorial published. However, the local Shoppers Guide and News, which has about the same circulation as the newspaper, has a op ed page and is run by a Democrat. I have had two op eds published supporting single payer Medicare for All in the Shoppers Guide.

    Miracles happen, there is Medicare.



  3. Roma&Henry gerbus on March 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    We do NOT want HEALTH CARE