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Single Payer Action

Single Payer Action Says -- No Compromise with Health Insurance Corporations

WASHINGTON - Promising no compromise with health insurance corporations, no
compromise on single payer, and no inside the beltway deal-cutting -- 
a group of activists today launched Single Payer Action, a non-profit
dedicated to securing single payer, Medicare for All health insurance
"in our lifetimes."

The group will organize protests actions in front of health
insurance company meetings, corporate front groups, and offices of
members of Congress in their home districts.

The first action
will be held Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton
(1150 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.) where America's Health
Insurance Plans (AHIP) is holding its annual policy conference.

The organizers will burn their health insurance bills outside of
the hotel to protest the insurance industry's profiting off the health
of the American people.

More than 20,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance.

And more than half of the personal bankruptcies in this country are caused by medical bills.

The
group will not engage in coalitions with groups that do not support a
single payer, Medicare for all health insurance system in the United
States.

"Single payer would make it unlawful for health insurance companies
to sell health insurance the way they do now, " said Russell Mokhiber,
one of the organizers of Single Payer Action. "That's why the industry
demands that anybody who wants to be a player in Washington says the
magic words -- single payer is off the table. Obama says it. Health
Care for American Now says it. Senator Baucus says it. And the health
insurance industry says it. We say -- the American people want it.
Doctors want it. Nurses want it. And health economists want it. Let's
get 'er done."

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Founded by activists, Single Payer Action is a national non-profit. It's goal is to seek, on behalf of the American people, a single payer health insurance system in the United States. Medicare for all. In our lifetimes. Everybody in. Nobody out.

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