Tomorrow, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will introduce, in the Energy and Commerce Committee, an amendment that would create a national health care system covering everyone and that takes the profiteering interests of giant corporations out of your essential health care decisions.
This amendment would substitute HR 676, which establishes single-payer health care system, for the current House Health Reform Bill.
If your Representative is a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee and you support the establishment of a single payer health care system, call and ask him or her to support Rep. Weiner's single payer amendment. Representatives from Michigan on the Committee are John Dingell (Chair Emeritus), Bart Stupak, Fred Upton, and Mike Rogers. The Congressional Switchboard can be reached, toll free at 800-473-6711.
If your representative is not a member of the Committee, you can call Committee Chair Henry Waxman at 202-225-3976 and ask him to support Rep. Weiner's single payer amendment.
Here is some background on Rep. Weiner's amendment:
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.
Thank you for making yor voice heard on this critical issue facing Michigan's working families. Please feel free to call or email me directly with any questions!
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