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Please Support Sen. Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Amendments

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced an amendment to the Senate leadership's health bill that would delete the bulk of that bill's language and substitute the wording of his single-payer, Medicare-for-All bill, S. 703. Under Senate rules, his amendment will go straight to the floor for debate. The vote could come very soon.

Sanders measure, known as Senate Amendment 2837, would create "a universal, single-payer health insurance system" that is federally funded but administered by the states. It was introduced with two co-sponsors, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Roland Burris of Illinois, although there are others such as Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, chair of the important Senate HELP committee, who are likely to vote for it.

Please urge your senators to vote "yes" on Senate Amendment 2837 as quickly as you can. The time factor is critical. The Congressional Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

Letter to
U.S. Senate
I write to urge your support for Senator Bernie Sanders’ single-payer amendment (#2837) to the Senate Health Bill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced an amendment to the Senate leadership's health bill that would delete the bulk of that bill's language and substitute the wording of his single-payer, Medicare-for-All bill, S. 703. Under Senate rules, his amendment will go straight to the floor for debate. The vote could come very soon.

Single payer is a superior reform to the present House and Senate legislation in many ways:

* Single payer would provide universal and comprehensive coverage for all medically necessary services. Unamended, the present legislation in the Senate would leave 24 million uninsured and tens of millions more with skimpy coverage.

* Single payer allows patients free choice of doctor and hospital. The present Senate bill maintains the role of insurance companies that continue to deny care and restrict access to services.

* Single payer pays for itself by eliminating $400 billion in insurance company administrative waste and redirecting it to care. The Senate bill is expected to cost nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.

* Single payer establishes proven and effective cost-containing mechanisms to ensure that benefits are sustainable over the long run. The Senate bill lacks effective cost controls.

Sen. Sanders’ amendment presents a historic opportunity for members to register their support for single-payer national health insurance as the best way to solve the U.S. health care crisis.

While I recognize the urgency of enacting health care reform, it is important to remember that the purpose of reform is to ease the burden for all Americans. Only a single-payer health program can meet that test—both medically and economically. Sen. Sanders’ single-payer amendment deserves your vote.

Sincerely,