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April 15, 2009
9:46 AM

CONTACT: Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

Laura Bonham, Communications Coordinator,, (435) 336-2123
Tim Carpenter,  National Director,, (413)-320-2015

Kudos From Conyers as PDA Brings Single-Payer Outreach to the OC

ORANGE, Calif. - April 15 - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has commended Progressive Democrats of America for its grassroots leadership and effort on behalf of HR 676, his legislation to set up a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S., and PDA's efforts will only intensify in the coming days.

PDA has sponsored several events across the country and is organizing a "Week of Action" beginning April 18 that will see town halls, forums, screenings and rallies in dozens of towns and cities across the U.S.

As part of the Week of Action, PDA will hold a Healthcare NOT Warfare Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at the Teamsters Local #952 in Orange beginning at 6:30 p.m. PDA's National Director Tim Carpenter and PDA California State Coordinator Dr. Bill Honigman will be joined for the town hall by Patrick Kelly, Teamsters Local #952 secretary/treasurer and executive officer, and Bill Hedrick,  Democratic candidate for Congress in the 44th District.

Carpenter notes that experience in other countries has shown that single-payer is the only system that can provide universal care while lowering costs, and it would create an estimated 2.6 million jobs in healthcare and related industries in the U.S.

"PDA remains committed to the single-payer solution, and we will continue to push for it inside and outside the beltway," said Carpenter.

PDA's efforts drew these comments from Rep. Conyers, in an email to PDA members:

"I wanted you to know how grateful I am to you folks in PDA for joining with me in our fight for single-payer health care for everyone.

"Three weeks ago, I traveled to western Massachusetts, where I was hosted by Tim Carpenter and the Progressive Democrats of America in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 800 people committed to single-payer health care for all.  

"It was such a wonderful event that I was moved to do something elected politicians rarely do.  I pulled out my own personal checkbook, and made my own donation to PDA!"


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