Sam Metz Presentation Money in Money Out Presentation
23 pages that present the financial facts of our current health care system and how we can fix it.
Vermont became the first state to pass a single payer law.
Vermont's New Universal Health Care Law: a Model for Health Reform Based on Human Rights
By Anja Rudiger | June 2, 2010 | The Huffington Post
By Anja Rudiger | June 2, 2010 | The Huffington Post
Links to Web Sites With a Wealth of Information
HR 676 Text All 18 pages of HR 676, United States National Health Insurance Act (or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act)
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) The name says it all.
Mad as Hell Doctors A group of Portland doctors taking their single payer message to the road to attract media attention to our cause. They depart Portland on Sept 8th.
Health Justice 1Payer.net A Single Payer Action Site (founded by Ralph Nader) Free. Easy E-Fax Service. Send faxes to the president and congresspeople.
Please Cut The Crap.com The name speaks for itself.
American Health Care Reform.org A site with great information supporting Single Payer, including a page that lists Health Industry atrocities
Fix America’s Health Care.org A wealth of Single Payer and Public Option info and links, including links to the text of healthcare bills being debated.
Sojourners Guide to the Health-Care Reform Debate. An 8-page PDF document on faith and healthcare.
HR676.org A great site for information about Single Payer.
Medicare For All A great site for information about Single Payer.
National Single Payer Medicare-for-All Is an American Plan of Healthcare That Guarantees Quality Care for All Americans
By Herman M. Frankel, M.D. and Derrick Duehren 8/30/09
What is so scary about this?
Single Payer (HR 676) Is on the Table
On 07/31/09, in response to public pressure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised that the full House of Representatives will debate and vote on the national single-payer plan of payment for medical care. (See the YouTube video http://tinyurl.com/nt3v2t and also Rep. Weiner introducing the Single Payer Plan http://tinyurl.com/nvku94.)
A national single-payer system of payment for medical care is an expanded Medicare-for-all program. It is affordable because it replaces the current arrangement in which private insurance companies stand between patients and doctors; use part of each medical care dollar for advertising, dividends to investors, executive bonuses, gifts to politicians, lobbying, fees to lawyers to find ways to deny care, and other overhead expenses; and make it necessary for physicians, nursing homes, and hospitals to pay the costs of repeatedly begging or battling for permission to provide needed medical care.
Documentation of President Barack Obama’s Position
Barack Obama was applauded at the 2003 AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference for saying “I happen to be a proponent of a universal single-payer health care plan.” http://tinyurl.com/lsfrjc
On March 5, 2009, in his opening comments at the White House Forum on health reform, President Barack Obama said this: “Our inability to reform health care in the past is just one example of how special interests have had their way, and the public interest has fallen by the wayside.” http://tinyurl.com/dhcnwt
At his 07/22/09 news conference, President Barack Obama said this: “I want to cover everybody. Now, the truth is that unless you have a what's called a single-payer system, in which everybody's automatically covered, then you're probably not going to reach every single individual.” http://tinyurl.com/lpgdfh
At the top of his website during the 2008 election campaign, Barack Obama posted these words, words that stand today at the top of his current website: “I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington . . . I’m asking you to believe in yours.” http://tinyurl.com/dlaoag and http://my.barackobama.com/page
Documentation of Public Support
The September 2007, CBS News poll reported that 55 percent of Americans “think having one health insurance program covering all Americans that would be administered by the government and paid for by taxpayers” “would be better for the country” than “keeping the current system where many people get their insurance from private employers and some have no insurance." http://www.pollingreport.com/health.htm
The October 2007 Gallup poll reported that 54 percent of Americans favor “establishing a national healthcare system funded by the government, similar to the ones in Canada and Europe.” http://tinyurl.com/ny7nd8
The December 2007 Associated Press/Yahoo poll reported that 65 percent of Americans believe that “the United States should adopt a universal health insurance program in which everyone is covered under a program like Medicare that is run by the government and financed by taxpayers.” http://tinyurl.com/lgzebr, Page 15
The January 2009 CBS News/New York Times Poll reported that 59% of Americans (up from 40% in 1979) said that “the government in Washington should provide national health insurance,” and that this is not “something that should be left to private enterprise.” http://www.pollingreport.com/health.htm
A national single-payer program of payment for medical care (or HR 676, with 93 co-sponsors in Congress) has been endorsed by the following (see the full Oregon list at www.SinglePayUSA.com):
· 59 percent of practicing physicians nationwide. http://tinyurl.com/c4fgsj
· The Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon Academy of Family Practice, the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals
· The Oregon Education Association, and the Oregon affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers
· The US Conference of Mayors (a nonpartisan organization of approximately 1100 mayors representing cities with populations of 30,000 or more) http://tinyurl.com/5sz87b.
· The AFL-CIO of Oregon, 38 other state AFL-CIO’s, and more than 475 other union organizations including more than 20 in Oregon http://tinyurl.com/koqwjz.
The Single Payer Bill is Only 16 Pages
HR 676 is only 16 double-space pages. Read it for yourself http://tinyurl.com/db5qgx. It is a simple, open, and transparent plan that is paid for with income taxes (a median family of four income of $56,200 would pay about $2,700 in payroll taxes for all health care costs - with no deductibles or copays.)
Call, email, fax, or write letters to our congressmen. Their websites contain their local contact information. (Search for "Rep or Senator _____” using Google or any other search engine. Faxing is best – it engages them in handling your note.) Express your wishes about single-payer briefly and in your own words. It OK to contact them EVERY DAY (or night). Portland phone numbers:
Senator Jeff Merkley............. Phone: 503-326-3386............ Fax: 503-326-2900
Senator Ron Wyden.............. Phone: 503-326-7525............ Fax: 202-228-2717
Rep. David Wu...................... Phone: 503-326-2901............ Fax: 503-326-5066
Rep. Earl Blumenauer........... Phone: 503-231-2300............ Fax: 503-235-4005
Derrick’s Progressive News
Put Derrick’s Progressive News in the subject line of an email to Derrick@Duehren.com to receive a free, well-written, fact-based progressive-issues email. Derrick pulls important progressive-issue news, video links, and emails together in a fact-checked organized email that is sent out irregularly, as significant subject matter appears. Derrick also produced this flyer, with Herman M. Frankel, M.D.
"I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream."
–Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 March on Washington
We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice... for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity and give their kids a better life. Every one of us—rich, poor or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender—has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill—but only by working together.
Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won't cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops and teachers—America's everyday heroes—are being thrown out onto the street. We believe:
To produce this Contract for the American Dream, 131,203 Americans came together online and in their communities. We wrote and rated 25,904 ideas. Together, we identified the 10 most critical steps to get our economy back on track and restore the American Dream: