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If the Democrats in Washington won't pass single payer.
Then maybe the people of Pennsylvania will.
I just returned from McConnellsburg and Harrisburg.
Where a grassroots movement is growing.
Demanding nothing less than a strong, enlightened, universal state single payer.
A bill has been drafted.
Hearings have been held.
The Governor has vowed to sign it -- if it passes the legislature.
Legislators are being lined up.
On Tuesday, I was with more than 1,200 people in the state Capitol building in Harrisburg.
Rallying for single payer.
It was such a joy to be with people who were saying loudly, clearly -- and without hesitation:
No Democratic Party waffling.
No watered down public option.
Just plain old single payer.
As I told the single payer activists from all around Pennsylvania:
Obamacare is a fraud on the American people.
If it becomes law, the American people are not going to be happy.
Obamacare will force them to buy health insurance from corporations with a track record of ripping them off.
Jim Ferlo -- the state Senator from Pittsburgh who is sponsoring the single payer bill -- put it this way:
"My single payer bill is 26 pages long."
"In large print."
"In Congress, you have a 1,000-page plus piece of legislation."
"It is downright gobbledygook."
"It is gobbledygook because they want to keep the American people in the dark."
"We want an expanded and improved Medicare system for all."
"It's not rocket science."
"And if you are a member of Congress and you can't understand that --
then get the hell out of Congress."
Today, we are calling on those 89 members of the House who have signed on to HR 676 -- the single payer bill in the House -- to take a stand.
Just say no to Obamacare.
And vow to pass single payer for the nation.
This will stop Obamacare in its tracks.
Put single payer on the front burner.
And trigger a national debate on what Dr. Marcia Angell - former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine -- called "not only the best health care reform - but the only health care reform that will both control costs and cover everyone."
Single payer national health insurance.
No matter what the Democrats and Obama do --
Single Payer Action is in it for the long haul.
Until we secure single payer for all of the American people.
Earlier this year, you helped us launch Single Payer Action.
Since our launch, we've been arrested, jostled, screamed at -- most obscenely by viewers of Fox TV who didn't like our call on the Greta Van Sustern show for "everybody in, nobody out."
But we will not back down.
Until single payer is a reality.
With your help, Single Payer Action will continue to agitate, mobilize and organize nationwide.
In all the ways we can.
At the state, national and federal level.
And report back to you on breaking developments.
So, please -- donate now -- whatever you can -- $10, $20, $50, $100 - whatever you can afford -- to Single Payer Action.
And if you give $100 or more now, 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 mobilization and awakening that we witnessed this week in the Quaker State.
Except multiplied in every state of the union.
Many times over.
He calls his book a practical utopia -- about mobilizing the people for the common good.
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 -- collectors take note -- so act now.)
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Onward to single payer.
Single Payer Action
PS: Publisher's Weekly has just reported 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 fiction - donate now.
This offer ends in eight days - on midnight October 30, 2009.
And onward to single payer.
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