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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic House Caucus last month:
"If it were up to me, we'd have single payer."
Uh, excuse me Madame Speaker -
It is up to you!
That's why Single Payer Action is focusing on the Democrats in Congress.
Because -- it is up to them.
More precisely, it's up to the House Single Payer Caucus --
The 88 members of Congress who have co-sponsored HR 676 - the single payer bill in the House.
If only half of them stood with us in opposition to Obamacare -- it would go down in flames -- as it deservedly must.
And everybody in, nobody out single payer would be national news.
In recent weeks, we have been traveling around the country calling on single payer activists -- doctors, nurses, patients, insurance consumers -- to come together to pressure the Single Payer Caucus to vote against Obamacare.
Obamacare is nothing but bailout to the insurance industry.
It will force uninsured Americans to purchase health insurance -- whether they can afford it or not - from corporations designed to rip them off.
The so-called public option is half-baked -- whether opt out, opt in, triggered, linked to Medicare rates or not -- it will be an abject failure.
It won't control costs.
It won't cover everyone.
It won't stop the wave of medical bankruptcies.
It leaves the insurance corporations in the driver's seat.
And it will probably strengthen them by taking the sickest and most expensive patients off their hands.
Activists from Vermont and Massachusetts tell us that they now regret not working to defeat similar half-baked measures for reform in their states.
Passages of those reforms did more harm than good and set back the movement for single payer in their states for years.
Let's not make the same mistake at the national level.
Call your member of Congress -- Congressional switchboard: 202.224.3121 -- and urge them to vote against Obama's bailout of the insurance industry.
Urge your member of Congress to launch a national debate on single payer, everybody in, nobody out health insurance.
(Dr. Marcia Angell -- former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine -- called single payer not only the best health care reform -- but the only health care reform that will both control costs and cover everyone.)
So please -- donate now whatever you can afford - $10, $25, $50, $100 or more -- to support Single Payer Action.
If you donate $100 or more now -- only three days left on this offer -- we will ship you a first edition of Ralph Nader's new book - his first book of fiction -- "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" (Seven Stories Press, 2009).
Signed by Ralph Nader.
In it, Ralph envisions the type of grassroots explosion for single payer that we are witnessing all around the country.
Except multiplied in every state of the union.
Many times over.
Ralph calls his book a practical utopia.
We call it an instant classic.
And Ralph will sign it for you.
For your donation of $100 or more to Single Payer Action.
So donate now.
And we'll ship you the book that Harper's Lewis Lapham called "as inspired a work of the political imagination as Tom Paine's Common Sense."
(Only a limited number of first editions left -- so act now.)
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Onward to single payer.
PS: Publisher's Weekly reported last week that Nader's book has sold 35,000 of the 40,000 copies of the first edition -- in the first month alone.
So, if you want an autographed copy of the first edition hardcover of Ralph's first work of non-fiction -- donate now. This offer ends in three days -- on midnight October 30, 2009. Thank you. And onward to single payer.
No trigger, because triggers don't get pulled. Also, please, advocate for singlepayer healthcare, with Community First Choice Option and CLASS Act (Community Choice Act for the handicapped, elderly, autistic, disabled, etc.); H.R. 676 & S. 703, are the best of the lot, so far; i.m.h.o..
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