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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Monday, August 03, 2009
Tricounty DFA Reminder: Meeting Wednesday, Single Payer Vote
Hello Everyone;

In this update for August 3rd, 2009:

1. Glens Falls/Tricounty DFA Meeting Wednesday 7pm at the Rockhill Cafe
2. Single Payer To Get A Vote

1. Glens Falls/Tricounty DFA Meeting Wednesday 7pm at the Rockhill Cafe

We will be having our usual monthly Democracy For The Greater Glens Falls Area meeting this Wednesday, August 5th, at 7pm at our usual place, the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe. We hope to have interesting news on Healthcare Reform to discuss.

The cafe is one block west of the roundabout in downtown Glens Falls on the corner of Elm and Exchange Streets and Hudson Avenue.

2. Single Payer To Get A Vote

Despite all the resistance from the insurance industry and Blue Dogs, it seems a Single Payer Healthcare system is going to get a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives after all. Dick sends along this news item from Matt Yglesias:
Single Payer Gets Its Day on the Floor

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.

Given the immense complexity of the healthcare reform bills presently before the Congress, and the serious problems they are having, it's clear universal medicare or medicare for all is the way to go. We have all of August to contact our members of Congress, wherever you are, and ask them to support Rep. Weiner.

Thanks everyone!


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