Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Companies spend huge amounts on advertising to influence against the Single Payer alternative. However, because Pennsylvania is a non-referendum state, higher legislative entities have the final say as to whether a bill is passed, or not and theoretically, are not influenced by propaganda designed to sway the minds of the people.
The Quinnipaic Survey poll taken in May 2008, said that 68% of Pennsylvanians supported Single Payer legislation. Apparently, the propaganda discussed in item #2 is having little effect in the mind's of most Pennsylvanians. This poll was completed before the economic downturn. It is safe to say that with so many people out of work and without health insurance, this number is well over 70%.
This, my friends, is considered a consensus, hands down.
Furthermore, Pennsylvania polling percentages for Single Payer are higher and more favorable than any other state in the union.
Republicans are coming aboard in support of HB 1660/SB 300. Republicans elsewhere have not given similar support.
For instance, Tom Murt, State House Representative in Montgomery County, and an Iraq War Veteran, strongly supports the bill.
Twenty-one other House Republicans signed on in support of the Economic Impact Study, which is a prerequisite for these bills passing in the Commonwealth.
Healthcare For All PA has 8,000 members from all walks of life; nurses, doctors, medical and nursing students, teachers, farmers, labor and business leaders, Chamber of Commerce, League Of Women Voters, Council Of Churches, AFL-CIO, as well a Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, who all support the bills.
Pennsylvania is at the epicenter for passage of HB 1660/SB 300 for reasons that form a groundswell of bipartisan, economic, moral and democratic (with a small d) gathering of energy.
We are excited to be a part of this energy. Once we pass it, every other state will follow.
Thanks to Chuck Pennacchio for an excellent history lesson, and for providing background info for this article.
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