Monday, June 8, 2009

US House to Host Hearings On Right Way to Fix Healthcare

From the blog Corrente:

My local single payer activist sends the following:

The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Single Payer Health Care Option” on Wednesday, June 10th at 10:30am in 2175 Rayburn House Office Building.

You may be able to watch via webcast.

She adds:

Contact C-SPAN and let them know we would like them to carry it. C-SPAN's Main Number is: (202) 737-3220.

U.S. Rep. George Miller (CA-7) chairs the subcommittee that will be conducting the hearing and is a co-sponsor of HR 676, "Expanded and Improved Medicare for All." On 6/2/09, another co-sponsor was added--Marcia Fudge (OH-11)--to bring us up to 78 co-sponsors.

Please contact your U.S. Rep., tell them you are a single-payer supporter, and let them know you want them to attend this hearing. The toll-free number for the Capitol switchboard is 1-866-220-0044.

If you don't know who your U.S. Rep. is, go to to find out.

For those of you who would like to attend in person and can make the trip to D.C., hearings are open to the public. Just make sure you get there early, so you get a seat.

They are no longer pretending we have no right to speak.

We are winning.

I wouldn't quite say we're winning -- for one, the HMO cash-flooded Senate still seems incredibly reticent to even discuss the most fiscally conservative way to provide healthcare to all -- but it's good news that we have solid progressives in the House willing to stand up on this.

Just remember, back when Obama wasn't the US President and had to deal with having the big industry lobbyists breathe down his back, he, too, was a single payer advocate.