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Demand Single-Payer March 5, 10, 11

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If you want everyone in the United States to have health coverage simply paid for by the government for less money than we spend now, eliminating all health insurance companies, but allowing you to choose any private doctor or hospital of your choice, and boosting the economy with a net gain of 2.6 million jobs ...

and if you can be near a telephone or be in Washington, D.C., on March 5th, 10th, or 11th, keep reading.

Here's an announcement of the March 5th event from Physicians for a National Health Program:

White Coats To Crowd the White House Gate Thursday
March 5, 12pm -1pm The White House Lafayette Park, Washington, DC

Doctors criticize exclusion of single-payer advocates from summit

President 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 members of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, the National Single Payer Alliance, 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,


Sometimes Nurses Know Better Than Doctors. In This Case They Agree:

Nation's RNs on the Healthcare Summit: Insurance-Based Reform Will Fail, and Undermine Public Trust,

Only Medicare for All Can Achieve Administration's Goals

On the eve of President Obama's healthcare summit Thursday, the nation's largest organization of registered nurses said today that expanding and updating Medicare to cover everyone is the most cost-effective and comprehensive approach to achieving the goals and principles outlined by the president in his recent address to Congress and budget proposal.

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