Forum Puts Single-Payer in the News

Yesterday’s Healthcare Forum, organized by the Obama Administration, in Dearborn, Michigan, drew many single-payer supporters. Enough so that quotes and stories from single-payer healthcare supporters made it into the mainstream press.

Here are the articles and TV segments we’ve found so far:

Cancer Story Stands Out at White House Forum

Health Reform Forum in Dearborn Draws a Crowd

Attendees at White House forum voice health care reform ideas

Healthcare fix crucial to recovery -Michigan forum

1st White House health forum kicks off in Michigan

Public sounds off at forum on U.S. health care reform


  1. Tom on March 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It’s anazing to me that our government still want so look at for profit health insurance companies as a solution to a healthcare nightmare they are responsible for.. For profit health insurance companies are resposible for more Americans dying and going into financial ruin than anything you can think of.. Even terrorism hasn’t killed as many Aericans as who die because they can’t get or can’t afford healthcare.. Dealing with for profit health insurance companies to solve our healthcare problem is like dealing with Al-Queda to solve our terrorism problem… Only insurance companies have done far more harm to America than any terrorist organization..
    Enough is enough.. Send the blood sucking insurance companies packing.. Support and endorse HR676.. Improved Medicare for all!!!!

  2. care4all on March 13, 2009 at 9:34 pm



    “A new study released this week by a California advocacy group shows that U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has received more campaign contributions from health insurance firms and pharmaceutical manufacturers over the past four years than any other Democrat in Congress.

    According to the Consumer Watchdog study ( using Federal Election Commission data, Sen. Baucus has received $413,000 since 2005 from insurance companies and drug makers, third behind U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.” 


    Sen Max Baucus, who ruled single-payer health reform off the table, is now pressuring the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to favorably judge his health plan as financially sound–even though it isn”t. The CBO issued a series of recent studies which have found that most savings claimed, in the effort to keep private-for-profit insurance companies in the mix, do not exist.

    Alternatively, a single-payer system would save more than $350 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.

    Tell Senator Baucus we need accurate numbers. Single-payer should be on the table and given a full and fair hearing by the Senate Finance Committee.

    Write to Baucus:

  3. Mack Boelling on March 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

    In our corner of the world (Port Townsend, Washington, pop. 8,400), there is overwhelming support for single payer health care. Three community forums (as requested by Pres. Obama) were held in our community over the December holidays, and, tonight SICKO is being shown at the local Unitarian Universalist church, followed tomorrow morning with a talk by a local physician who has been an advocate of HC reform for his 30 years of practice.
    Some of us feel that healthcare reform is the key to a successful Obama presidency. If the private health insurance industry is allowed to win this battle and continue its control of our nation’s healthcare system, not only will the majority of Americans lose faith that healthcare reform can happen, but the whole movement to change the way our politicians conduct business (at the behest of Corporate America) will wither and die. It’s truly “up to us” to not let this happen.

  4. Dr. Christine Adams on March 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Now, when I get a request from the Democratic National Committee for financial contributions, I send back the pledge card with $0.00 written in the “other” option and write on it, “I will start contributing again when the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress support single payer national health care as proposed by H.R. 676. Money talks plus each contributor represents a voter. Without votes, their money is useless.

  5. Frank Valdez on March 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    While the government bureaucrats continue to hold hearings, analyze facts and be inclusive (except to single payer activists) people are dying and/or becoming maimed because some bean counter with an HMO will not approve needed care or will not accept an individual due to “preexisting conditions!”

    The rest of the industrialized world is light years ahead of us in healthcare, labor rights, education and other vital needs! Why is the “greatest nation” in the world, not so great?