White Coats To Crowd the White House Gate Thursday


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March 5, 12pm -1pm The White House Lafayette Park, Washington, DC
Doctors criticize exclusion of single-payer advocates from summit

whitecoatPresident Obama is holding a Healthcare Summit on Thursday, March 5th. Over 120 are expected to be in attendance, including representatives from Americas Health Insurance Plans, the largest group of private health insurance lobbyists.

“It appears that despite the fact that a majority of Americans and American physicians support a single payer — an improved Medicare for All — as the best solution to our nation’s health care crisis, they will have no voice at this Thursday’s summit,” said Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Single payer – which would create a health care system based on public financing of privately delivered care much like that seen in other industrialized nations – is the health reform with support from 60% of the American public (Gallup Poll, 2007)) and the majority of American physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, 2008). Single payer would usher improved health and affordable health care to all Americans.

Single payer national health care is the only model proven to lead us out of a seemingly perpetual health care crisis. “In years past, President Obama endorsed single payer as the best solution to the crisis,” Young said. “Today it appears that this option will not even get a hearing at the summit. We believe this exclusion compromises, profoundly, the possibility of a popular, effective solution to our No. 1 domestic problem. This is a colossal blunder.”

PNHP and other activists will demonstrate on Thursday, March 5th from noon to 1:00 pm at Lafayette Square in front of the White House. If you are a health care provider bring your white coat.

Please join us. For more information contact Danielle Alexander, (202) 662-0614, danielle@pnhp.org.


  1. Teresa Renberg on March 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Single Payer Healthcare would show that our nation values people over corporations. It means so much to me.

  2. Gary Gray on March 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Dear Pharmacist Colleagues and Friends…times, they are a’changin;
    Once again, it is that time pharmacists renew our commitment to the cause of Universal Single-Payer Health Care for all and Pharmacist Cognitive Service Reimbursements. From humble beginnings years ago, with groups consisting of just a few visionary like minded individuals in meeting rooms scattered about this State and this Nation, we now are a formative force to contend with. Individual groups have established coalitions with may other organizations, and in doing so, have been able to reach even more of the populace with our message.

    In California we watched Universal Single-Payer Health Care for All, Senator Sheila Kuehl’s SB840 a bill widely regaled as the ‘gold standard of health care”, move twice successfully through the State Legislature, straight to Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk. And yes, we saw it dashed both times with the cruel and simple stroke of his pen.

    Universal Single-Payer Health care for All and Medicare’s Health Insurance ‘Medication Therapy Management’ may not yet be household words, though times, they are a ‘changing. They are managing to rise on an irrepressible groudswell to the national stage. Watch the Joint Commission coalition vision for Pharmacy Pactice by the year 2015 evolve and the coalition for John Conyer’s HR 676 National Health Insurance Act rise to national recognition. With the election of President Barack Obaama and promised transparency, folks sense that new directions are now possible. Legislative doors that were before slammed shut to patients voices, who in the end pay for health insurance, are now being nudged opened.

    Acquaint yourselves and support California’s Pharmacists Planning Services, Inc (PPSI) national call-to-action, building greater coalition support for legislative health care system reform in California with Senator Mark Leno SB810 Universal Health Care Act and Sara Rogers, California Pharmacy Association Rod Shafer and American Pharmacy Association President Tom Menighan.

    Best — Gary Gray Clinical Pharmacist
    Visalia, California 559.280.2379

  3. Dorothy Nicassio on March 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Obama asked us and the people mandated Single-payer health care. I can’t believe he is doing this to us. With the Insurance Companies involved much of our health care dollars with to to profit for the insurance companies and end up costing more for money for less health care….Please Mr. President listen to the voice of reason.

    Dorothy Nicassio, RN
    Sequim, WA. 98382

  4. Neal Aronson, M.D. on March 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Oversight! No matter how many payers there may be, we cannot allow insurance companies, health-care providers, biomedical device purveyors, pharmaceutical companies and others who maintain strong lobbies and take excessive profits to continue to terrorize us with bills that are just as destructive as the toxic mortgages currently destroying our economy.