Nader Email re: Healthcare

[Notes: Thanks to BW for passing this along; I think I lost some of the sidebar info.; I deleted (most of) the donate appeals and links. – sh.]

There are no more excuses for the Democrats.

The Democrats now admit that they control the procedure in Congress and can pass whatever health care reform they want.

Without one Republican vote.

And President Obama can sign it.

What should they do?

They should pass single payer.

Everybody in. Nobody out.

For prevention and treatment.

For free choice of doctors and hospitals.

No more premiums, deductibles, exclusions, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network rigamarole.

No more family medical bankruptcies.

No more pay or die.

No more pay or become sicker.

Single payer is the only system that will work.

It’s the most efficient.

Single payer will cut out literally hundreds of billions in administrative fat, billing fraud and unconscionable profits.

These savings will be used instead to insure the 50 million uninsured and the millions more underinsured.

This will save lives.

Starting with the more than 21,000 Americans who die every year from lack of health insurance.

According to recent polls, the majority of the American people want single payer.

So do the majority of doctors, nurses, and health economists.

So, what will the Democrat leadership do?

They will keep single payer off the table.

Because they fear the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry – and want their campaign money – more than they fear the American people.

Or as Speaker of the House Pelosi told reporters last week:

“Over and over again, we hear single payer, single payer, single payer. Well, it’s not going to be a single payer.”

Who is Nancy Pelosi speaking for?

Not for the American people.

Not for those who will die or get sicker month after month.

How are we to respond?

Focus our collective creative energy on Congressional offices around the country — offices of all 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate.

That’s why we have set up Single Payer Action.

Less than two months old – and already Single Payer Action is making waves.

In front of Congressional offices from Martinsburg, West Virginia to Seattle, Washington.

On Capitol Hill, standing up to the corporate lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress.

And on the web, challenging the corporate controlled media to put single payer back on the table of public debate.

There is support in Congress for single payer.

Already, 76 House members support HR 676 – the single payer bill in the House.

But the Democratic leadership in Washington has taken single payer off the table.


They meet regularly behind closed doors with insurance and drug industry lobbyists – to thwart single payer.

Time to turn up the heat – and get the word out to the American people.

(Just last week, I was at the University of Colorado in Boulder where I spoke to an enthusiastic audience. Topic: Single payer, full Medicare health insurance for all.)

We need your help now.

To send speakers to all four corners of this country.

To fund organizing drives at Congressional offices around the country.

To shake up the system for single payer.

Last week, many of you responded enthusiastically to a note from my colleague Jason Kafoury by donating $10,000 to Single Payer Action.

Thanks to you, we are a third of the way to our goal of $30,000 by May 14.

Together, we can break the logjam in Congress – and deliver health care to all.

Let’s get it done.

Onward to single payer.

Ralph Nader

9 thoughts on “Nader Email re: Healthcare

  1. inDglass

    Don’t worry, Ralph. So far, Obama has used one urgent crisis after another to push each piece of legislation quickly through without stopping to consider its full implications. As soon as they can rush Congress into acting “boldly and swiftly,” perhaps before “swine flu” kills everybody, they will have their way. You will get your nationalized health care, and we can officially change our name to the Socialist State of America.

  2. Catholic Trotskyist

    Thank God, it’s true. Obama is a real socialist, but Nader is no socialist, he’s a fascist/stalinist Republican fifth column agent pig criminal. And the swine flu is blown all out of proportion, like SARS was.

  3. Kimberly Wilder

    Ian thinks my thought is brilliant. I say that it is commonplace.

    With the Swine Flu epidemic, people who believe in Single-Payer universal healthcare should take note that if we had S-P HC, the flu would spread less. Even the poor could go to doctors.

    This is a time to show the rich that if the poor stay sick, the rich are at risk. We should make them quake in their boots.

  4. David Aitken

    Under single-payer, there won’t be any doctors; they’ll all become lawyers instead.

  5. robert capozzi

    kimberly, making people “quake in their boots” sounds like a threat, is that your intent?

    if so, help us understand how threatening people is the way of peace.

    also, are not some of the nations that have single payer systems experiencing swine flu? if so, your assertion is false on its face.

    single payer may sound “nice” in some ways, but let’s not kid ourselves: it most assuredly DOES NOT enhance choice. do you really want to government making life-and-death calls?

    and do we really believe that government can deliver services more efficiently than the private sector? and do we really want EVERYONE in the health insurance industry to join the growing UE roles?

    all due respect, but Mr. Nader has not thought this one through.

  6. John C Jackson

    The poor can go to doctors now, or any hospital. I have never been denied medical treatment, especially for an emergency situation. Anyone with swine flu will surely be treated regardless of financial means. No one wants to risk it spreading.

    Now if they dont/cant pay, they might be sued later or harassed by collections. However that is not the same as being refused.

    I AM poor and I get sick of the socialist lies. We already have socialist healthcare and universal access for most treatment. Every doctor bill I get has a line about how I may be eligible for free treatment based on income. The back shows that I can receive 100% of my services paid for if I make less than 200% the poverty wage- which covers just about anyone reasonably considered poor. There is a sliding scale for those who make up to something like 400% the guidelines. This is in addition to multiple charity hospitals and services,etc.

    My own doctor, aware of my financial limitations, often charges a very low fee and makes prescriptions without an appointment ( probably something the socialists who hate poor people don’t like).

    Now there are many problems with how things are ( probably due to too much government involvement already), but the options are there.

    Personally, I have tried my best to live by my principles and refused tax payer funding for my medical treatment. It usually doesnt make a whole lot of sense, though.

  7. Lou

    Go, Ralph. You’re an American hero and vastly underappreciated. Thank you for keeping on fighting the good fight and always having the interest of the American public foremost in your mind. Would that we had a few thousand more like you willing to speak out.

  8. Michael Cavlan

    This Registered Nurse who supports Single Payer and even campaigned on it as a candidate three times says, Go Ralph Go.

    The poor are denied access to medical treatment all the time. The HMO corporate powers that own the healthcare system (and the two party system) do make life and each choices for us all the time.

    Ask us Nurses and even many Doctors.

    Healthcare has become about profit over people. Administrators and Insurance companies make choices for people and people loose .

    PS Michael Moore is a big old hypocrite.

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