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Reporting from Forest Grove (Single Payer)

Activists face Wyden head-on for Single Payer healthcare.....
"This is Martha Perez, general political activist, reporting from the Wyden town hall in Forest Grove, where a group of about five or six Single Payer activists (us) have donned on surgical masks and are calling out Senator Ron Wyden about putting this important issue on the table, once & for all! The audience is very passionate and also calling out the Senator on various issues, including Single Payer healthcare. There are other local elected officials seated and present at this gathering. There is also limited media coverage, but this event is live and we are calling on Wyden to push for this crucial point, nevertheless. No arrests were made and all activists have safely left the building........"

Courtesy of: Mr. Phillip Kauffman of Single Payer Action, the various advocates who stood up for Single Payer healthcare, the Jobs With Justice Healthcare sub-committee of the JwJ Portland branch cross-solidarity and all of our affiliates--Thank you and see you this Wednesday May 27th, High Noon, at Earl Blumenauer's office at 729 NE Oregon. Let's do it again!

homepage: homepage: http://www.singlepayeraction.org
phone: phone: (503) 954-8653


Die-in announcement 25.May.2009 00:59

individual

WHAT: Die-In Rally for Single Payer.


WHERE: Rep. Earl Blumenauer's office
729 NE Oregon St. Portland, OR


WHEN: Wednesday May 27th, 2009 Rally at NOON. Die-In at 12:30. Rally till 2PM.


WHO: Hosted by Single Payer Action. Featuring members of Healthcare-NOW!, Jobs With Justice Healthcare Committee, local union members, and Physicians for a National Health Program.


WHY: Single Payer needs to be in the public debate for healthcare reform. It is the ONLY solution that eliminates the root of the problem. The insurance industry. Healthcare is for people, not for profit and our leaders are ignoring this solution at the behest of their corporate paymasters. Single Payer Action is dedicated to taking the message to the streets and the doors of our congressional representatives bringing a clear, simple message. We will demand that Rep. Blumenauer endorse HR676 and support putting Single Payer on the table of public democratic debate.

Everybody in. Nobody Out. Period.

Everyone will be given a cause of death and tombstone necklace to wear and at 12:30 we will "die". Essentially laying down where you choose fit for 22 minutes to represent the 22,000 uninsured Americans who die each year. A group of people will be " dying" in Blumenauer's office. Please RSVP so we will have a head count for final preparations: 503-250-0327. Thanks everyone.

Fool me once... 25.May.2009 12:03

Paco

by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t | PerspectiveExcerpt, go to  http://www.truthout.org/052209A?n for the complete article
In 2003, a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama told anAFL-CIO meeting, "I am a proponent of a single-payer universal health careprogram." Single payer. Universal. That's health coverage, like Medicare, but foreveryone who wants it. Single payer eliminates insurance companies as priceymiddlemen. The government pays care providers directly. It's a system thatpolls consistently have shown the American people favoring by as much as twoto one. There was only one thing standing in the way, Obama said six years ago:"All of you know we might not get there immediately because first we have totake back the White House, we have to take back the Senate and we have totake back the House." Fast forward six years. President Obama has everything he said wasneeded - Democrats in control of the executive branch and both chambers ofCongress. So what's happened to single payer? A woman at his town hall meeting in New Mexico last week asked himexactly that. "If I were starting a system from scratch, then I think thatthe idea of moving towards a single-payer system could very well makesense," the president replied. "That's the kind of system that you have inmost industrialized countries around the world. "The only problem is that we're not starting from scratch. We havehistorically a tradition of employer-based health care. And although thereare a lot of people who are not satisfied with their health care, the truthis, is that the vast majority of people currently get health care from theiremployers and you've got this system that's already in place. We don't wanta huge disruption as we go into health care reform where suddenly we'retrying to completely reinvent one-sixth of the economy." So, the banks were too big to fail and now, apparently, health care istoo big to fix, at least the way a majority of people indicate they wouldlike it to be fixed, with a single payer option. President Obama favors apublic health plan competing with the medical cartel that he hopes willcreate a real market that would bring down costs. But single payer hasvanished from his radar. Nor is single payer getting much coverage in the mainstream media.Barely a mention was given to the hundreds of doctors, nurses and otherhealth care professionals who came to Washington last week to protest theabsence of official debate over single payer. Is it the proverbial tree falling in the forest, making a noise thatjournalists can't or won't hear? Could the indifference of the press bebecause both the president of the United States and Congress have beenavoiding single payer like, well, like the plague? As we see so often,government officials set the agenda by what they do and don't talk about. Instead, President Obama is looking for consensus, seeking peace amongall the parties involved. Except for single-payer advocates. At that bigWhite House powwow in Washington last week, the president askedrepresentatives of the health care business to reason together with him."What's brought us all together today is a recognition that we can'tcontinue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so manyyears," he said, " that costs are out of control; and that reform is not aluxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait." They came, listened, made nice for the photo op, and while they failedto participate in a hearty chorus of "Kumbaya," they did promise to cuthealth care costs voluntarily over the next ten years. The press ate it up -and Mr. Obama was a happy man. Meanwhile, some of us looking on - those of us who've been around a longtime - were scratching our heads. Hadn't we heard this before? visit my website www.michaelmunk.com

Fool me once (reposted) 26.May.2009 16:18

same words - with spaces

(trying to make this post easier to read)
(with all the original text / re-formated)
~joe anybody
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by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t | Perspective Excerpt, go to:
 http://www.truthout.org/052209A?n for the complete article

In 2003, a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama told an AFL-CIO meeting, "I am a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program." Single payer. Universal. That's health coverage, like Medicare, but for everyone who wants it.

Single payer eliminates insurance companies as pricey middlemen. The government pays care providers directly. It's a system that polls consistently have shown the American people favoring by as much as two to one. There was only one thing standing in the way, Obama said six years ago:" All of you know we might not get there immediately because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate and we have to take back the House."

Fast forward six years.

President Obama has everything he said was needed - Democrats in control of the executive branch and both chambers of Congress. So what's happened to single payer? A woman at his town hall meeting in New Mexico last week asked him exactly that. "If I were starting a system from scratch, then I think that the idea of moving towards a single-payer system could very well make sense," the president replied. "That's the kind of system that you have inmost industrialized countries around the world.

"The only problem is that we're not starting from scratch. We have historically a tradition of employer-based health care. And although there are a lot of people who are not satisfied with their health care, the truth is, is that the vast majority of people currently get health care from their employers and you've got this system that's already in place.

We don't want a huge disruption as we go into health care reform where suddenly we're trying to completely reinvent one-sixth of the economy."

So, the banks were too big to fail and now, apparently, health care is too big to fix, at least the way a majority of people indicate they would like it to be fixed, with a single payer option.

President Obama favors a public health plan competing with the medical cartel that he hopes will create a real market that would bring down costs. But single payer has vanished from his radar. Nor is single payer getting much coverage in the mainstream media. Barely a mention was given to the hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who came to Washington last week to protest the absence of official debate over single payer.

Is it the proverbial tree falling in the forest, making a noise that journalists can't or won't hear?

Could the indifference of the press be because both the president of the United States and Congress have been avoiding single payer like, well, like the plague?

As we see so often, government officials set the agenda by what they do and don't talk about. Instead, President Obama is looking for consensus, seeking peace among all the parties involved. Except for single-payer advocates.

At that big White House powwow in Washington last week, the president asked representatives of the health care business to reason together with him. "What's brought us all together today is a recognition that we can't continue down the same dangerous road we've been traveling for so many years," he said, " that costs are out of control; and that reform is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait."

They came, listened, made nice for the photo op, and while they failed to participate in a hearty chorus of "Kumbaya," they did promise to cut health care costs voluntarily over the next ten years.

The press ate it up -and Mr. Obama was a happy man.
Meanwhile, some of us looking on - those of us who've been around a longtime - were scratching our heads. Hadn't we heard this before?

visit my website:  http://www.michaelmunk.com\

Die In "update" 27.May.2009 13:41

Joe Anybody

"Die In" at Earl Blumenauers had over 50 people laying down on the ground inside the office, in the hall, and out on the sidewalk --

The "Die In" lasted for 20 minutes, police were there, no arrests, video coming soon to Indy Media

This action was to bring awarness to "Single Payer Health Care"