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Our Activism in support of Single-Payer

Our Activism in support of Single-Payer

Public Citizen and its allies in the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care have organized rallies, testified before Congress, organized call-ins and write-ins days and organized forums in our fight for single-payer. Below are some of the highlights of our work.

December 3: Organized a call-in campaign in support of single-payer
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw down the gauntlet to challenge our senators to stand up for health care for all. We organized a call-in campaign, asking supporters to contact their senators, telling them to support single-payer.

November 17: Urged senators to vote for single-payer
The Senate picked up the health care reform debate where the House left off. We organized an email campaign, where we told senators to listen to the people and not just insurance industry lobbyists.

November 5: Urged U.S. representatives to vote for single-payer

We pressured representatives to vote "YES!" to Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) single-payer bill.

November 3: Pressured Speaker Pelosi to hold a vote on Rep. Weiner's single-payer amendment
We called Speaker Pelosi and encouraged her to do the right thing — allow a vote for single-payer.

July 30, 2009: Single-Payer Rally
Public Citizen and the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care lobbied for single-payer and celebrated Medicare's 44th birthday in Washington DC. Sidney Wolfe, M.D., Director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, spoke at the event. 
Dr. Wolfe's statement
Video of Dr. Wolfe at the event (Links to

June 24, 2009: Public Citizen's Dr. Wolfe and PNHP's Steffie Woolhandler testified before Congress in favor of single-payer
Dr. Wolfe of Public Citizen, and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D, M.P.H, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, testified before the Health Subcomittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The doctors built the case for single-payer by discussing wasteful spending resulting from private health insurance, the inadequacies of our current piecemeal health care system and the failure of the Massachusetts health care initiative.
Dr. Wolfe's testimony
Dr. Woolhandler's testimony

June 11, 2009: Dr. Margaret Flowers testified about single-payer
Because of the groundswell of public support for single-payer, Dr. Margaret Flowers was invited to testify before the full U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Statement by James Floyd, M.D., Health Researcher at Public Citizen

April 23, 2009: Dr. David Himmelstein testified about single-payer

Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Plan and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, testified about single-payer before the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education at a hearing on "Ways to Reduce the Cost of Health Insurance for Employers, Employees and their Families."
Dr. Himmelstein's testimony
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April 1, 2009: Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care organized a congressional forum

Public Citizen and the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care organized a congressional forum, which examined different insurance mechanisms.
Testimony by Annette B. Ramírez de Arellano, Health Researcher at Public Citizen
Summary of the testimony from the forum (PDF)

February 25, 2009: Congressional forum — "State Health Reform: A Massachusetts Case Study"
A study released this week by Physicians for a National Health Program shows that many in Massachusetts remain uninsured, and the cost of the reform has skyrocketed. Public Citizen, working with the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care hosted a congressional forum on this issue Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. We invited lawmakers to attend the forum, listen to witness testimony and ask questions of a panel of experts.
Summary of the testimony from the forum (PDF)

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