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Greens: Dems’ Town Hall Meetings & Phony Health Reform Deserve Civil Protest

Greens: Democrats’ town meetings on health care reform deserve debate and civil protest, not disruption and mob violence

• Serving the health insurance lobby, both Republicans and Democrats have tried to shut down open discussion on single-payer, promote phony reform, and spread disinformation; whether Democrats or Republicans win the health care debate, Americans will lose, say Greens

• Greens urge Americans who support real health reform to contact Congress members in support of single-payer (HR 676)

• Greens mourn the deaths of two single-payer heroes: Marilyn Clement and Nick Skala

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders spoke out today against the violent disruptions taking place throughout the US at town hall meetings on health care reform.

But Greens said that both Democratic and Republican leaders deserve blame for obstructing the public debate on health care reform. Greens pointed to various attempts to silence discussion of single-payer national health care in public forums and the media, as well as spread misinformation about single-payer and the Canadian health-care system.
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National Day of Action

Greens prepare for the national Day of Action promoting Single-Payer national health care on Saturday May 30. In a press release the Green Party announced plans across the nation to draw attention to the need for healthcare for all.

According to the press release there are actions planned in Maricopa County, Arizona as well as in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

This press release follows closely on the heels of another press release issued May 26th which called for single-payer healthcare and criticized the so-called “Public healthcare option” being promoted by some.

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McLarty: Fire Departments and Health Care

Green Party Media Coordinator Scott McLarty writes an editorial about single payer healthcare, comparing our modern health insurance based health care system to the way we once approached fire protection.

Imagine that you needed a special insurance policy before calling the fire department in an emergency, or you’d have to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for the firefighters to put out the fire.

So why do we tolerate a health care system that’s run the same way?

McLarty goes on to explain exactly where the savings in single payer healthcare comes from, the profits and overhead of corporate for-profit systems that add cost, but no value.

The overhead for Medicare, based on administrative costs but without the demand for profit, is about 3%. Why not convert to a public system, expanding Medicare to cover all Americans, perhaps saving us a third of the cost by eliminating the insurance and HMO middlemen — a system comparable to our public fire departments?

McLarty goes on to ask why we don’t have single payer healthcare today, and answers

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the amount of such (political) contributions (from HMOs and Insurance interests) was over $46 million in 2008

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Thanks to Lou Novak for Digging this article first.