Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 56 (56 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   12 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

A New Movement: Health Care as a Civil Right

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 7   Supported 6   Well Said 5  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 9/9/09

Become a Fan
  (108 fans)
- Advertisement -

Dear Friends,

There is only one true health care public option: Single payer. It covers everyone, all basic health care needs, with doctor of choice. No more premiums, co-pays or deductibles. All health care assets in America would become not-for-profit. The bill already exists. It is HR 676. Congressman John Conyers and I wrote the bill. Our bill has the support of 85 co-sponsors in the House. And it is backed by a growing national movement of labor, doctors, and nurses. The movement needs you. Please join me for tomorrow's national conference call at 10:00pm EDT. Please call toll-free 1-800-230-1096.

The hour has arrived to begin anew the Civil Rights Movement, this time for Health Care for All. I am calling upon you to become a force in this movement. Go to Health Care as A Civil Right at Kucinich.us to learn how you can circulate a single-payer petition and organize in your community. Please help fund this effort. Go to Kucinich.us now, contribute.

The Preamble to the United States Constitution and Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution both describe an originating purpose of our United States: to promote the general welfare. Health care is a legitimate function of our government. Health care is a basic right in a Democratic society. It is no more a privilege based on ability to pay than is the right to vote, which was once accorded only to property owners.

Health care is also a moral imperative. Forty seven million Americans are uninsured. Fifty million Americans are underinsured. People are losing their homes, their jobs, their life's savings, their retirement security and their financial health because they cannot pay medical bills, and despite this calamity Washington looks another way. We must not avert our eyes to this human suffering and this economic injustice.

Let's prepare a response which Washington will long remember as the time when the people reclaimed their government from the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Join us. Contribute. Together, we can initiate an action plan to intervene and provide health care for all.

- Advertisement -

  1. A National Health Care for All Conference Call from Washington, DC, at 10 pm EDT, Thursday, September 10th at 1-800-230-1096. Join us, so that we can discuss our new beginning and ways in which we can all help. Pre-registration is necessary in order to reserve sufficient phone lines. Please RSVP here. rsvp@kucinich.us When you call in and the operator asks, "what conference call?" tell the operator, "Health Care for All."
  2. On-line petition. Please contact your lists, your family and friends. Please sign the petition for a single payer system. I will deliver the petitions directly to your Congressperson.
  3. Petition to download, print and circulate among friends and neighbors - including an instruction sheet.
  4. Health Care Meet-Ups. Coming Thursday September 10 2009.
  5. Tell A Friend. Every email forwarded will make a difference? Please use the "Forward Email" link below to circulate up to 5 emails at a time to your friends.
I need your help to initiate this action.
- Advertisement -

 

Dennis Kucinich is former US Congressman and two-time presidential candidate from Ohio who served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Visit his website at  KucinichAction

Follow him on Twitter at @Dennis_Kucinich

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Kucinich: "Passing a weak bill today gives us weak environmental policy tomorrow"-

Kucinich: Why I Voted NO

Must Read!!! Kucinich Commencement Speech: Power of Now

A New Movement: Health Care as a Civil Right

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

Kucinich Opposes Bailout, asks, "Is this the US Congress or the board of directors of Goldman Sachs?"

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
9 people are discussing this page, with 12 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

But how about throwing this up in their FACES on a... by weslen1 on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:57:27 AM
Right on Weslen1. I have asked Senators Burr (R NC... by Harold Hellickson on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:38:06 AM
I couldn't agree more. We can't seem to get over t... by thomas unger on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:30:07 AM
HEAR!... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 12:32:01 PM
I fully support Medicare for all, and the use of t... by Dick Thomson on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:10:02 PM
Dick, I think your argument that insurance underwr... by Kellia Ramares on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 2:47:58 PM
Hi Kellia,Let's assume 40-50% of the country will ... by Dick Thomson on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 4:26:47 PM
The general direction of evolutionis for the pa... by Theresa Paulfranz on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 1:28:27 PM
Whatever. Health care as a human right!! Yes!!... by Bryan Emmel on Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:57:06 PM
Cultural Reproduction If huma... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 at 6:38:59 AM
we all have to think very hard about what war has ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 at 7:24:05 AM
If you don't favor universal health care, at least... by Perry Logan on Sunday, Sep 13, 2009 at 5:53:09 AM