Their statement is included below. Please consider calling in today; there are few more important actions you can take on your own behalf, for your family, and for the many millions of uninsured, underinsured, and people denied access to needed health care by a heartless and expensive bureaucracy that adds nothing to providing health care or to controlling costs.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking
and inhumane." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
With over 48 million people in the United States living without health insurance, the issue of providing quality affordable health care to all is high on the agenda for this nation.
"Of all forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking
and inhumane." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Born January 15,
1929--Assassinated April 4, 1968, while leading a strike for union and
human rights for Memphis sanitation workers.
The famous quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is worth keeping in mind
on Thursday, January 15, as you call your congressperson and ask him or
her to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 676, Congressman John Conyers' (D-MI)
single payer healthcare legislation. HR 676 will shortly be reintroduced
into the 111th Congress with the same number.
Eighty-six members of the new 111th Congress were co-sponsors of HR 676 in
the last Congress. Now is the time to call them and urge them to sign on
again as co-sponsors in the 111th Congress and to ask all the others,
including the newly elected representatives, to do likewise.
A number organizations advocating HR 676 are asking supporters to call
their congressperson on Thursday, January 15th. All of us acting on the
same day will magnify the impact. Please take a moment to call the US
Capitol switchboard: (202) 224 3121. Then ask for your representative.
If you need to look up your or someone else's Congressperson, you can go
to http://votesmart.org/ and put in the zip code.
If you have two more minutes, please call one or both or your senators to
urge them to introduce in the Senate a companion bill to HR 676. You can
use the same number: (202) 224 3121.
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us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by
expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident.
HR 676 would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical
care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient
services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental
health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for
substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic and long term care.
HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save billions
annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private
health insurance industry and HMOs.
In the 110th Congress, HR 676 had 93 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers
HR 676 has been endorsed by 478 union organizations in 49 states including
118 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state
AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO,
MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI,
MT, NE, NY, NV & MA).
For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample
endorsement resolution, contact:
All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551