Here's a bit of the statement:
The bloated Democratic health bill is a turkey.Read the entire statement here.
We need to start from scratch.
And pass single payer health insurance for the American people.
We will each make brief statements, and then take your questions.
I’m speaking today for myself and on behalf of Single Payer Action.
And others will be speaking for their organizations.
Six months ago – on May 5, 2009 – Margaret, Carol, Kevin and I were up on Capitol Hill.
We were in the Senate Finance Committee hearing room.
It was the beginning of three days of hearings to kick off the health care debate in Congress.
The room was packed with industry lobbyists of all stripes – health insurance, pharmaceutical, medical device, the AMA – you name it, they were there.
Senator Max Baucus, the chair of the committee, had scheduled three days of hearings on health care reform.
Baucus had asked 41 health care experts to testify.
Not one was an advocate for single payer national health insurance.
Single payer is a simple clear reform.
The house single payer bill – HR 676 – is only 30 pages long.
Baucus, Obama and the Democrats had taken it off the table.
And replaced it with a 2,000 page monstrosity.
Single payer is simple.
And it works.
Under a single payer system, the day you are born, you get a medical card with your name on it.
With this card, you get free choice of doctor and hospital.
Anywhere in the United States.
You pay no health care premiums to private health insurance corporations.
You receive no bills.
Instead of the premiums we are paying now, we would pay that amount or less into one public insurance pool.
Single payer saves lives.
Right now, 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of health insurance.
Under a single payer system, zero Americans would die every year from lack of health insurance.
Because everybody would be covered.
Single payer covers everyone.
Single payer also saves money.
We would replace the hundreds of private health insurance payers with one single public payer.
In one stroke, we would save $400 billion a year in administrative waste, profits and overhead.
We would then use those savings to insure everyone.
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