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Urgent: Single Payer on the Table in Energy and Commerce on Thursday

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Protecting big business health profiteers is so important to the Democrat leadership that they ignore single payer which would create 2.6 million new jobs, and infuse $317 billion in new business and public revenues, with another $100 billion in wages. Single payer would actually expand the economy and produce jobs rather than undermine it. See

Urge every member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to vote for the single payer amendment, HR 676.


Here is a model email to Members of Committee


Please support the single payer amendment, HR 676, being introduced by Rep. Weiner. The amendment would:

- Institute a single payer health care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to everyone residing in the U. S.

- Cover every person 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, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable medical equipment, palliative care, and long term care.

- End deductibles and co-payments.

- Save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.

The Affordable Health Choices Act is unacceptable it:

- Creates unaffordable insurance for tens of millions of Americans. Americans who make $88,000 per year will spend 19% of their income on health care they are required to buy -- under the penalty of increased taxes. See

- Undermines business and prevents job creation. Small businesses, $400,000 and up, will face a penalty of 8% of their payroll if they do not provide health insurance. How is that going to help avoid the jobless recovery that seems to be occurring? In fact, this provision ensures a jobless recovery.

- Gives hundreds of billions of dollars in more revenue to the corrupt insurance industry by mandating that tens of millions of Americans or their employers purchase expensive insurance. The profits of the insurance industry increased from $2.4 billion to $12.9 billion from 2000 to 2007 while America has faced a health care crisis. These health care profiteers should not be protected.

Vote for HR 676.


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Kevin Zeese is co-chair of Come Home America, www.ComeHomeAmerica.US which seeks to end U.S. militarism and empire. He is also co-director of Its Our Economy, www.ItsOurEconomy.US which seeks to democratize the economy and give people greater (more...)
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