Washington, DC. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) has adopted single payer health care as a legislative priority for 2009.
A copy of the APWU’s booklet “Legislative Priorities 2009” has just been placed on the union’s website. On page ten of the booklet, under the heading “Universal Healthcare: A Basic Human Right,” the APWU states the following:
SINGLE PAYER The labor movement supports the "single-payer" system under which all healthcare revenue goes into a single public fund that pays for all medical services. A single-payer system would:
And, it can be done. Systems like this have been adopted by all other industrialized nations. APWU will support legislation that provides affordable – and adequate – single-payer healthcare coverage for all.
- Guarantee the same coverage for all citizens, regardless of employment status or wealth;
- Provide a free choice in the selection of a caregiver;
- Reduce administrative costs; and,
- Leave decision-making tasks in the hands of the public.
The full booklet can be found at:
The APWU is the world’s largest postal union, representing more than 330,000 United States Postal Service employees and retirees, and nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers. APWU has 1600 state and local unions and retiree chapters in every state and territory.