Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Time for Health Care Reform

A new report released today by the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association reports that by reforming healthcare a major boost can also be given to the economy. Millions of new jobs will be created and the economy would be infused with millions of dollars in revenue. Their plan calls for the existing Medicare system to be expanded to cover all Americans.

Specifics listed in the report look like this:

1. Create 2,613,495 million new permanent good-paying jobs (slightly exceeding the number of jobs lost in 2008) -- and jobs that are not easily shipped overseas

2. Boost the economy with $317 billion in increased business and public revenues

3. Add $100 billion in employee compensation

4. Infuse public budgets with $44 billion in new tax revenues

Congressman John Conyers will be introducing bill HR 676 in the 111th Congress. Please join me in asking Congressman Bob Goodlatte to join Mr. Conyers as a cosponsor to the bill and to find additional sponsors both in the house and in the Senate.

Tom Daschle, the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has indicated his support of this single-payer health care system which would also include health insurance corporations. "HR 676 would implement a sustainable, fair, and efficient solution to the healthcare crisis as well as providing economic stimulus."


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