Monday, May 01, 2006

Citizens Hearing on Health Care Reform MAY 21

Chaired by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Prime Sponsor-HR 676 “United States National Health Insurance Act”. Also known as the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act”

Sunday, May 21, 2006 1:30-5:00 PM
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)
• Nearly 46 million Americans and 1.5 million Pennsylvanians are uninsured.
• 50 million have inadequate health insurance in the USA.
• 18,000 Americans die each year because of no Health Care Coverage.
• Half of all personal bankruptcies in the U.S. are related to debt from medical expenses.


Profits and administrative overhead currently take 25-30% of health care premium dollars. Medicare programs have only a 3% overhead. These savings and negotiated drug prices can help provide the necessary money to provide comprehensive high quality health care to all U.S. citizens.

Please join us to:
• Hear the testimony of local citizens concerning the health care crisis in our region.
• Learn about single-payer solutions, also known as Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, specifically HR 676, introduced by US Rep. John Conyers with 68 co-sponsors, and PA SB 1085, introduced by State Senator Jim Ferlo.
• Listen to the responses of our state and national elected officials to single-payer options.

Participate in building an action plan to advocate for single-payer health care.

List of Hearing Co-Sponsors: Healthcare-Now; Temple Sinai; Pennsylvanians United for Single-payer Healthcare (PUSH); Pennsylvanian United for Reform of Health Care (PUReHC); Consumer Health Coalition; Tikkun Community—Pittsburgh East; YWCA Greater Pittsburgh; Independent State Store Union; Pittsburgh Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program; Pediatrics South; Spector Studios; Clergy and Churches United; Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls; Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute; League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh; Citizen Power; PA Senator Jim Ferlo; The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer; Steel Valley Printers; Branch 84 Nat’l Assoc. of Letter Carriers; Pa. Assoc. of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals; Women’s Intern’l League for Peace and Freedom; Assoc. of Pittsburgh Priests; Pgh. Area Pax Christi; American Friends Service Committee PA program; Citizens Budget Campaign of Western PA; Thomas Merton Center; S-W Division, PA Chapter of Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers; Americans for Democratic Action—Pgh. Chapter; Social Justice Endowment Committee, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh; Working Families Win; AFSCME, AFL-CIO; Roots of Promise; Temple Sinai Brotherhood; Fourth Ward (Pittsburgh) Democratic Committee; Three Rivers Center for Independent Living; Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network; St. Thomas More Catholic Church Justice and Peace Committee; Butler Co. United Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Aquatic Journey; Pennsyl. Healthcare Solutions Coalition; Pgh Area Postal Workers Union; Dist. #6, PA State Nurses Assn; Dave DiSimone, Esq.

For more information, please contact Sandy Fox, Hearing Coordinator, at or write to the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Health Care, P.O. Box 81915, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.


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