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Our Broken Health Care System

If you missed the May 22nd broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS titled "Our Broken Health Care System," click here to view his eye-opening interview with Drs. David Himmelstein and Sidney Wolfe. Click here to view his equally enlightening interview with Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association.

 

UPDATE: Single-Payer Bill Re-Introduced in Ohio House in 2009

URGE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL!

For each new session of the General Assembly, bills introduced in previous sessions which have not been acted upon must be reintroduced if action by the new Assembly is desired.

Accordingly, on April 29, 2009 State Representatives Michael Skindell and Robert Hagan jointly reintroduced the Health Care For All Ohioans Act (HCFAOA) in the House of Representatives (H.B. 159).

Co-sponsors of H.B. 159 are: Barbara Boyd, Edna Brown, Michael DeBose, John DomenickMike Foley, Marian Harris, Sandra Stabile Harwood, Joseph Koziura, Tom Letson, Clayton Luckie, Dale Mallory, Peter Ujvagi, W. Carlton Weddington, Sandra Williams, and Kenny Yuko.

If you don’t see your state representative listed above, we urge you to phone, write or email him or her asking for their support of this bill. (If you DO see your representative listed, let him or her know you appreciate their support.)

If you don't know who your state representative is, click Find Legislator by Zip Code which will take you to a page where all you need do is fill in your zip code to be taken to page that shows who your State Representative is. Click on his/her name to go to a page showing how to reach him or her.

 IMPORTANT NOTE:

U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich is currently circulating this letter to his colleagues in the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to sign on.  The requested language would remove federal barriers to the enactment of state single payer plans.

Additional Actions You Can Take

Members of the HealthCare Access and Affordability Committee, shown in the table below, should be urged to include single-payer in their deliberations.

HealthCare Access and Affordability

Name Party Position Name Party Position
Lorraine M. Fende D Chair Barbara R. Sears R Ranking Minority Member
Nancy Garland D Vice Chair Dave Burke R Member
Linda S. Bolon D Member Robert Hackett R Member
Marian Harris D Member Peggy Lehner R Member
Mike Moran D Member Ross McGregor R Member
Matt Patten D Member Todd Snitchler R Member
Brian G. Williams D Member

 

You can also help rally support for this bill by asking your local city council or commission to pass a resolution in support of the Health Care For All Ohioans Act. SPAN will provide you with a sample resolution and tips for getting the issue on your local government’s agenda. Call 216-376-4766 or email  span@spanohio.org This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for assistance.

ACTION is needed. PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP.

PBS Report Shows Universal Health Care Systems Working Abroad

A "Frontline" report on PBS examines the universal health care plans of five countries--Britain, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland--and shows that in each country "insurance premiums are significantly lower than those in America (in Britain there are none), and the waiting time to see a doctor is either tolerable (in Britain) or nonexistent," reports the New York Times.

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