Keep Pressure on for Single-Payer Solution

3-30-09, 11:33 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Following its successful town hall meeting with Rep. John Conyers in Northampton, MA, last week, PDA is moving south to sponsor a rally in support of the single-payer solution outside the White House Regional Health Forum tomorrow, March 31, in Greensboro, NC.

The rally will begin at 9 a.m. outside the North Carolina A&T Alumni Foundation Event Center, 200 N. Benbow Road, in Greensboro.

The purposes of the rally are to demonstrate to the White House the broad public support (including 59% of doctors) for the single-payer solution to America's healthcare crisis and to make sure that single-payer is given a fair hearing by the Obama administration's healthcare policy task force and by Congress.

“Health costs are now the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in this country and a limiting factor in U.S. business competitiveness,” said Tim Carpenter, PDA's executive director. “Every other developed country in the world has a national healthcare program because, like Medicare here, they cost less in overhead and provide more services. Nevertheless, the U.S. government insists on supporting the for-profit insurance approach to healthcare largely because well financed lobbyists from the private insurance companies exert a great deal of influence. We're determined to break that cycle.”

PDA, along with more than 70 co-sponsors in the House, supports Conyers' HR 676 to create a national single-payer system that would guarantee care for all while reining in the spiraling cost of healthcare in the U.S.

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