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This will be a brief diary. I'd just like to say thanks to Senators Jeff Merkley (OR), Tom Udall (NM), and Sherrod Brown (OH) for coming out in favor of Medicare for All despite being in states that are only slightly liberal or neutral. Together with Bernie Sanders (VT), they are apparently the only US senators who currently support single payer health care. If anyone knows of any others I would be interested to hear!

THE COURAGEOUS FEW

And here's the inimitable Bernie Sanders.

Update. It appears that Sherrod Brown (OH) does still support a single payer plan.

I'll add him to the page!

If you have not done so already, please phone and write letters to your representative and senators later today about Medicare for All. In the House tell them to support HR 676 and the Weiner and Kucinich amendments, and in the Senate tell them to support S. 703, the Bernie Sanders single payer bill. This easy call in system can help!

Originally posted to khin on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 01:58 AM PDT.

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  •  Please phone your senator today! (6+ / 0-)
    •  I'm all for carrots for those Senators with guts (1+ / 0-)
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      SarahLee

      to support Single Payer now, rather than just sticks for those who support the Public Option strongly, but haven't gotten behind Single Payer. Any Senator who supports a PO and is willing to stand firm has my support in this battle, though, like you, I am firmly for Medicare for All.

      The more mainstream Single Payer looks to Americans (and obviously having US Senators coming out for it helps in this perception) the more it makes some kind of true HCR possible. Once we get a true PO I believe that you'll start to see various Congresspeople move towards Single Payer; perhaps even Kerry.

  •  this is a much more positive approach (2+ / 0-)
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    SarahLee, RunawayRose
    than we've seen from you the last couple of days.

    I doubt many here would disagree with you on the importance of single-payer insurance, or the wish that it be a reality.  

    I imagine many here though would think it's an impossible dream at the moment, when even the limited public option is so contentious.  If we do not think the single payer fight is winnable, I hope you won't think us lacking in commitment to the eventual goal - any more than some of our most liberally voting Senators and Representatives are, when they may make the same judgement.  

    I'm fighting for the public option now, with the hope that it will pave the way for true single payer by breaking this ridiculous mental block that some in the US seem to have.  That doesn't mean I disagree with you on its importance, just on the road to get there.  

    (Sadly, in Kathmandu no longer.)

    by American in Kathmandu on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 02:41:04 AM PDT

  •  Well done! (2+ / 0-)
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    SarahLee, khin

    Now this is much more like it. OK I'll do it! I've already talked to Barbara Mikulski and now I have to talk to Ben Cardin.

    I talk to my Representative Roscoe Bartlett all the time but he's a hopeless wingnut. I'll see what he blathers on this time for an excuse not to at least back Obama's plan. When GW was in office he always had an excuse why he had to back the president's plan. Sigh...

    ~Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.~John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 04:32:12 AM PDT

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