Congress has held nearly 20 hearings on health care reform this year, but only ONE witness has been invited to testify on a single-payer solution, and that wasn’t until last week. (You can read the testimony here).
The Senate Finance Committee, led by Sen. Max Baucus, is holding important roundtable discussions on health care on May 5 and May 14. The list of witnesses includes Blue Cross Blue Shield and the private insurance lobby group America’s Health Insurance Plans, but not one single-payer supporter.
A majority of American physicians and the public support the creation of a national health insurance program that covers everyone (known as a single-payer solution), and Congress has shut us out of the discussion.
Earlier this month, we delivered a letter to members of the Finance Committee, asking them to invite Public Citizen or Physicians for a National Health Plan to testify at any hearings on health reform. We did not receive a response.
If we are left out of this discussion, we will protest outside of Congress to make our voices heard loud and clear on this critical issue.