Thursday, May 22, 2014, is National Single Payer Lobby Day in Washington DC and Call-In Day across the nation.
The Lobby Day will begin with a Capitol Hill briefing for congress, their staff, the press and the public at 10 AM on Thursday, May 22, in Room 2226 Rayburn House Office Building with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Andy Coates, MD, and other congresspersons and advocates. Conyers is chief sponsor of HR 676, national single payer legislation, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, and Coates is President of Physicians for a National Health Program.
If you cannot travel to Washington, please call your representatives on May 22 and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 676 (if they’re already a co-sponsor, thank them and encourage them to enlist their colleagues to sign on) and your senators to co-sponsor S.1782. The Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121; an operator will connect you.
On the preceding day, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 10 a.m., Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will host a Single Payer Panel in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Building. Join us if you can. If not, you can watch the event live at www.sanders.senate.gov .
SINGLE PAYER: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Panelists: Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen, Washington, District of Columbia Gerald Friedman, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts Dr. Margaret Flowers, PopularResistance.org, Baltimore, Maryland Dr. Andrew Coates, President, Physicians for a National Health Program, Albany, New York Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy, National Nurses United, Oakland, California
If you can come to the lobby day, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lobbying materials from PNHP:
A Superior System: HR 676 vs. the ACA http://www.pnhp.org/sites/default/files/A%20Superior%20System%20-%202013.pdf
Financing single-payer national health insurance: Myths and facts http://www.pnhp.org/change/Myths-and-Facts-on-single-payer.pdf
Executive Summary: Funding HR 676 http://www.pnhp.org/sites/default/files/Friedman%20Executive%20Summary.pdf
Further details about the Lobby Day: http://www.pnhp.org/national-lobby-day-2014-we-wont-wait