Tricounty DFA Update: Meeting Wednesday, Ted Kennedy Legacy, more
I propose that as a 40th birthday gift to the American people, we expand Medicare over the next decade to cover every citizen - from birth to the end of life.
It's no secret that America is still dearly in love with Medicare. Administrative costs are low. Patients' satisfaction is high. Unlike with many private insurers, they can still choose their doctor and their hospital.
For those who prefer private insurance, we will offer comparable coverage under the same range of private insurance plans already available to Congress. I can think of nothing more cynical or hypocritical than a Member of Congress who gives a speech denouncing health care for all, then goes to his doctor for a visit paid for by the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan.
I call this approach Medicare for All, because it will free all Americans from the fear of crippling medical expenses and enable them to seek the best possible care when illness strikes.
Thursday, September 3
WHAT: Congressman Murphy to host Congress-On-Your-Corner in Lake George
WHERE: Shepard Park, 260 Canada Street, Lake George
WHEN: 4:45 PM
Saturday, September 5
Event 1 – East Durham Congress-On-Your-Corner
WHO: Congressman Murphy, Local officials
WHERE: Shamrock House, Route 145, East Durham, NY 12423
WHEN: 10:00 AM
Event 3 – Visits Columbia County Fair
WHAT: Congressman Murphy to visit the Columbia County Fair
WHERE: Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham, NY
WHEN: 1:00 PM
Monday, September 7
WHAT: Congressman Murphy to Visit Clifton Park Price Chopper
WHERE: Price Chopper, Clifton Shoppers World, Route 146 and Plank Road, Clifton Park, NY
WHEN: 9:30 AM
Event 1 – Petersburg Congress-On-Your-Corner
WHAT: Congressman Murphy to hold a Congress-On-Your-Corner in Petersburg
WHERE: Petersburg Veterans Memorial Community Center, 71 Main Street, Petersburg, NY 12138
WHEN: 11:30 AM
Event 2 – Visits Rensselaer County Fair
WHAT: Congressman Murphy to visit the Rensselaer County Fair
WHERE: Rensselaer County Fairgrounds, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154
WHEN: 2:00 PM
From Lisa Scerbo-- you are invited to:
STILLWATER DEMOCRATS ANNUAL CLAMSTEAM
Thanks, everyone! See you all Wednesday.
Tricounty DFA Reminder: Meeting Wednesday, Single Payer Vote
This seems unlikely to make a practical difference, but I’m glad to see that House leaders will let a single-payer bill get to the floor:
Seeking to dampen liberal anger about deals cut with centrists, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said House leaders have agreed to allow a floor vote on a government-run, single-payer system.
“A lot of members on our committee want a vote on that,” said Waxman said in an interview. “I believe their wishes will be accommodated.”
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) offered a single-payer amendment in the Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday, but withdrew it after Waxman said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had promised a floor vote.
To clarify, the idea behind a single-payer system is not to have a “government-run health care system” but to have a health care system similar to the one we currently have, but a health insurance system that’s like Medicare. To avoid confusion, the best thing is probably to press the media to characterize this proposal as a “universal Medicare” or “Medicare for all” plan. Medicare for all is not my favorite vision of health care; if it were totally up to me we’d construct something that’s more like the system they have in Singapore that would have a direct public provision element, a single-payer element, and a forced savings element. But Universal Medicare would be better than the status quo, and better than the “official” bills being pushed by congressional leaders.