Let’s make some more – keep those phones ringing…
Our actions with our allies over the past week – culminating in the civil disobedience at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Tuesday – appear to have been the tipping point in the fight to get a fair debate in Congress on CSEA-endorsed HR 676, a bill to establish a single-payer healthcare program that would be publicly financed but privately delivered (similar to Medicare).
Rep. Anthony Weiner announced Wednesday evening that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is keeping her promise to him to allow his single-payer amendment a full debate and vote on the House floor!
YOUR PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS AND ACTIONS MADE THIS HAPPEN!
So let’s keep up the pressure. In fact, let’s step it up!
The Weiner amendment could be considered as early as the afternoon of Friday, November 6 so we need you to act today.
The Weiner amendment will provide an historic opportunity to have a straight up-and-down vote on single payer “Medicare for All” healthcare reform in Congress. We will finally get a fair debate in Congress on HR 676 and the merits of creating such a health program – a system that would cut healthcare costs, build on the strengths of Medicare and improve it, while expanding coverage to everyone.
Supporters of single-payer contend that a strong showing for the amendment will help set the stage for future healthcare reform activities and send the insurance industry a message that there is a strong single-payer block in Congress that will not tolerate their stranglehold on the delivery of healthcare to the American people.
House Speaker Pelosi has agreed to schedule a debate and vote on the Weiner Amendment prior to Saturday’s vote on the main bill. Pelosi’s action followed a week of intense pressure from single-payer supporters after she appeared to renege on her earlier agreement with Weiner to bring the amendment up before the full House.
Thousands of callers flooded congressional phone lines. In San Francisco, 12 activists–including representatives of CSEA, AFSCME and Grey Panthers–were arrested at a demonstration in Pelosi’s office. Similar demonstrations targeted Rep. George Miller and Rep. Henry Waxman.
Never before has Congress taken a floor vote on single-payer healthcare. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, we know our fight for secure, affordable, high quality healthcare is too important to back down now.
So we can’t let up.
Call Congress today!
Call your representative and state that you support the AFL-CIO’s endorsement of the Weiner amendment. Explain that, however they vote on the main healthcare bill, support for the Weiner amendment is crucial for the future of the movement for real healthcare reform. Ask them to put themselves on the record in support of healthcare as a fundamental human right! Keep it brief.
You can also reach the Washington office of your representatives by calling the Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121.
Next, call the House leadership to thank them for keeping their promise to allow the floor vote on the legislation.
Call Speaker Pelosi: (202) 225-4965
Call Bill Floor Manager Rep. George Miller: (202) 225-2095
Call Bill Floor Manager Rep. Henry Waxman: (202) 225-3976
Then pat yourself on the back for making history!