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Single-Payer Saturday June 23, 2009

Posted by Kate Ryan in Democrats, Economy, Health Care, National Politics, Public Health, Republicans.
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single-payer-rally-1One of the loudest Republican objections to a public option in any healthcare reform package is that any public insurance option will undoubtedly lead to a single-payer system.  Indeed, in his column yesterday, George Will (the snottiest conservative on the Sunday shows) says that the president “characteristically” denies that he is putting the country on an outcome  he considers desirable.  According to Will, this is to advance the Democrat’s “dependency agenda” whereby they will “make Americans more equal by making them equally dependent upon government for more and more things.”

So – besides the insulting semantics – what’s wrong with that?  The latest polling shows that 72% of Americans want some sort of government option in health care.  Even more, close to 60% say they are willing to pay more to get it. 

Let’s face it, Republicans and Conservatives do not want single-payer health care because they are afraid.  They are afraid that once the American public gets hold of a new entitlement program, they will never be able to take it away.  Like Social Security.  Like Medicare.  The certainly do not want another “third rail” of American politics that cannot be touched without great peril to their own electability.   Likewise, the spineless Democrats out there whining that “we just don’t have the votes” are pretty much only concerned with their next campaign contribution from big Pharma – and thus – their own electability.

It is up to us, the people, to make sure these Senators remember that they work for US, and we can fire them.  Stand up for what you want.  Stand up for single-payer health care.  There is a bill, HR 676, that would create a new single-payer system in America.  Read the bill HEREand call your representatives in Congress to support it.  Ask for an expansion of medicare to allow the uninsured to apply.  Send a fact sheet like the one that follows with your signature to every Senator in Congress that opposes a pubic health plan. 

Finally – get out and agitate.  I am hereby declaring July 18 “Single-Payer Saturday”.  I challenge the unions and progressive organizations to set up demonstrations in every city in America and to pull rallies together to highlight this issue.  I urge every American who wants health care to participate in this cause.  I ask every blogger and twitterer to spread the word. 

The other side had their “Tea Parties”.   Let’s show them that Liberals and Progressives can push OUR agenda (and can do it without corporate support)



Kate Ryan - June 24, 2009

It’s worth every minute! Keep on stopping by

Kate Ryan - June 24, 2009

Jack – thanks for your support! Agitate for Single-Payer Saturday! Let’s get Americans into the streets!

1. jacksmith - June 23, 2009


It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.


We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You


2. Our Insurance - June 23, 2009

Nice info! Very cool post.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.Doesn’t it take up a lot of time to keep your blog so interesting ?

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