For Immediate Release


Mike Hersh, Communications Director:

Donna Smith, Executive Director

Today Is National Call-In Day for Single-Payer Healthcare

PDA Members Join Others in Taking to the Phones to Get Congress’s Ear for HR 676

WASHINGTON - With the motto "Give America a Gift: One Nation, One Plan," Progressive Democrats of America
today is taking to the phones along with other groups to call all U.S.
representatives and senators and encourage their support for HR 676,
The National Health Insurance Act, by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

"We're taking action in concert with a broad range of other groups to
let Congress know that there is public support for a single-payer
health plan as the only way to achieve truly affordable, quality
healthcare for all Americans," said Tim Carpenter, PDA's executive

PDA members across the nation are calling the district offices of their
representatives and senators, thanking those who co-sponsored HR 676 in
the last Congress and urging the rest to sign on as co-sponsors when it
is re-introduced in the new Congress that will convene in January.

The callers are also contacting the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy
(D-MA), who is leading the effort in the Senate to draft a national
health plan. Kennedy is being urged to use the single-payer model for
his plan, rather than the so-called Massachusetts model, which has
proved expensive and has left thousands without healthcare in that

Also participating in the national call-in day are California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Healthcare-NOW!, and Physicians for a National Health Plan, among others.

A second call-in day, to the Washington offices of all representatives
and senators, is slated for Jan. 15.


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