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Two critical events are occurring this week in our campaign for a single-payer national health insurance program - the only solution that would provide universal access to care while reducing costs.

Public Citizen encourages you to participate and ensure that lawmakers hear our voices loud and clear on this issue.


May 12, 2009

What: Senate Finance Committee's third and final roundtable on health care reform. Single-payer advocates, nurses and physicians will rally outside the meeting.

When: 9:30 a.m., May 12

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. (
See Google Map) The group will gather outside the main entrance of the building at 1st Street and Constitution Avenue NE

More info: Dr. Margaret Flowers, nose1@aol.com or (401) 591-0892



May 13, 2009

What: Single-Payer Solidarity Rally

When: 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Gather at Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (
See Google Map) Supporters will march to a rally at Upper Senate Park near the Union Station Metro Stop. The rally will take place from noon until 2 p.m.


Important action:

At the last Senate Finance Commitee roundtable on heatlh reform, single-payer advocates were excluded from the discussion. Physicians and single-payer advocates asked to have a seat at the table, but the Senators disregarded the request, and the advocates were arrested. Luckily, Sen. Charles Schumer, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has agreed to ask Chairman Max Baucus to include a single-payer expert if we can encourage one more member of the committee to join him in this request.

Take action now to ensure a single-payer advocate is included!

If you are one of the following senators' constituents, call them and ask them to join Sen. Schumer in asking Sen. Baucus to include a single-payer expert. If you aren't a constituent, you can call Sen. Baucus' office directly.

Contact Information:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow [Mich.] – Washington, D.C., office 202-224-4822
Sen. John Kerry [Mass.] – Washington, D.C., office (202) 224-2742
Sen. John Rockefeller [W.Va.] – Washington, D.C., office (202) 224-6472

For a full list of Senate Finance Committee members, go here:
http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/committee.htm

If you are not a constituent of Senators on the Finance Committee, please call Sen. Baucus' office in Washington, D.C., at 202-224-2651, or fax him at (202) 224-9412,
and urge him to extend the invitations.