Wed. Oct. 16, 2013: Call-In Day for HR 676, Single Payer Health Care

Washington, DC. Fifteen national and state organizations, including Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and the All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care—HR 676, have designated Wednesday, October 16, as a call-in day to members of Congress to increase co-sponsors for HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.

The call in day was initiated by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA).

Passage of HR 676 would bring all medically necessary care, including dental, drugs, and long term care, to every person in the United States. Yet this single payer plan would bring costs under control by removing the for-profit health insurance companies. Each person will choose their physicians and hospitals, and there will be no deductibles and no co-pays.

Please call your member of Congress on Wednesday, October 16 to urge him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 676.

Call the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative by name. You can find your representative by entering your zip code at this link: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

HR 676 has 51 co-sponsors in the current 113th session of Congress in addition to initial sponsor John Conyers (D-MI). That list of current co-sponsors is here: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/676/cosponsors?q...

After you speak with your representative, you can also call one or more of the 32 representatives listed below who were formerly co-sponsors of HR 676 and are still members of Congress. These representatives were already convinced at an earlier time and need to be reminded of the need to sign on to HR 676 again.

Bass, Karen, CA 37th
Becerra, Xavier, CA 34th
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., GA 2d
Brown, Corrine, FL 5th
Butterfield, G. K., NC 1st
Carson, André, IN 7th
Cleaver, Emanuel, MO 5th
Clyburn, James E., SC 6th
Faleomavaega, Eni F. H., AS Delegate
Fudge, Marcia L., OH 11th
Hahn, Janice, CA 44th
Jackson Lee, Sheila, TX 18th
Kaptur, Marcy, OH 9th
Loebsack, David, IA 2d
Lowey, Nita M., NY 17th
Luján, Ben Ray, NM 3d
Lynch, Stephen F., MA 8th
Meeks, Gregory W., NY 5th
Moran, James P., VA 8th
Napolitano, Grace F., CA 32d
Pastor, Ed, AZ 7th
Payne, Donald M., Jr., NJ 10th
Polis, Jared, CO 2d
Rahall, Nick J., II WV 3d
Ryan, Tim, OH 13th
Scott, David, GA 13th
Thompson, Bennie G., MS 2d
Tierney, John F., MA 6th
Velázquez, Nydia M., NY 7th
Visclosky, Peter J., IN 1st
Waters, Maxine, CA 43d
Waxman, Henry A., CA 33d

If your local union or CLC has not yet endorsed HR 676, please do so. You can find a sample resolution here: http://unionsforsinglepayer.org/tools/sample_resolution

Every action you take helps when you're building a movement! The national AFL-CIO Convention first endorsed HR 676 in 2009 and recently reaffirmed its commitment to national single payer health care in two resolutions passed at the 2013 Convention.