For the first time ever, single-payer legislation will be debated and voted on by Congress in September.

The day after thousands of grassroots activists rallied in Washinton, DC for national healthcare on Medicare’s 44th birthday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY-9) introduced an amendment to President Obama’s healthcare reform bill (HR 3200) to replace it with HR 676, the single-payer bill, and Speaker Pelosi pledged to bring it to a debate and vote on the full House floor in September.

Let’s make August the Month of Single-Payer and demand that our Representatives vote YES on Rep. Weiner’s amendment, and demand that our Senators vote YES on S 703, in September!

Tell your Representatives that the Obama health plan is NOT enough and we want them to vote YES on single-payer. We need real health reform that will cover every American, provide real choice of doctors, and save the majority of Americans money.

Although Congress is on recess, it may still be better to call their DC offices as they are the ones who handle legislative matters.

Eliot Engel, 17th C.D. : (202) 225-2464

Nita M. Lowey, 18th C.D.: (202) 225-6506

John Hall, 19th C.D.: (202) 225-5441

The message: “We urge Rep. Engel/Lowey/Hall to be a real leader in building support for the single payer Medicare-for-All ammendment by Rep. Weiner that will come up for a full house vote.  We oppose the present HR 3200 with its insurance mandate and public option approach which will fail to cover all Americans and do nothing to control costs.”  

Senator Schumer, member of the Senate Finance Cmte.: (202) 224-6542

As head of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Schumer helped engineer the Democratic takeover of the Senate and is one of its most influential members.  He has been asked by Sen. Baucus, Chair of the Finance Committee, to take the lead on the public option.  Schumer has sponosred single payer legislation as a member of the House and State Assembly and has been pushing to get the Congressional Budget Office to score (analyze) single payer.

The message: “We urge Senator Schumer to support the effort by Sen. Sanders to adopts a single payer, Medicare-for-All type program such as Senate bill 703.  We oppose proposals such as insurance mandates and the public option approach as they will do nothing to control costs and will fail to cover all Americans.”

The next few weeks are pivotal in the national health care debate.  Other action that can be taken:

1) Attend a public event with your Congressperson. If yes, click here.

2) Table at a local event. Single Payer New York has material that can be downloaded and distributed to neighbors and friends.  Outreach can be done at farmers markets, festivals and other community events. Download handouts here.

3) Write a letter to a Westchester newspaper and tell them why you support single-payer.  Click here to send a letter to The Journal News.