For Immediate Release
Victories are Good, Congratulations! Single Payer Advocates Given Invitations
WASHINGTON - The White House has reversed itself and extended invitations for two
single payer supporters to attend Thursday’s Healthcare Summit.
Congressman John Conyers, author of HR 676 single payer legislation in the
House, and Dr. Oliver Fine, who currently heads Physicians for a National
Health Program (PNHP), received invitations on Wednesday.
Single payer advocates should take heart and great pride in their role in
reversing what had been a refusal to invite any single payer advocates to
the Summit. The White House was inundated with phone calls, faxes and
emails all urging that the invitations be extended.
A great big thank you is extended to all those who posted, distributed and
otherwise spread the word and, to many, many more who actually took the
time to contact the White House to object to the exclusion of single payer
This small victory should give us all hope. It should also send word to
any and all who seek to keep single payer “off the table” that single
payer advocates must be heard in all the committees and subcommittees of
the House and Senate which will be considering healthcare reform
HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a
greatly improved Medicare system to everyone residing in the U. S.
HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including
prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and
preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental health, home health,
physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision
care, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable
medical equipment, palliative care, and long term care.
HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save hundreds of
billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the
private health insurance industry and HMOs.
In the current Congress, HR 676 has 62 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.
HR 676 has been endorsed by 485 union organizations in 49 states including
120 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state
AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO,
MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI,
MT, NE, NY, NV & MA).
For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample
endorsement resolution, contact:
All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551