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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:59 AM
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AFL-CIO Endorses Single Payer

At its annual convention yesterday, the AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution put forth by the California Nurses Association and other affiliates in favor of single payer as the ultimate direction of health care reform.

Separately, delegates also passed a resolution in support of current health care reform efforts, in keeping with the union's membership in HCAN.

This from CNA's press release:


PITTSBURGH In a historic vote that adds the nations leading voice of American workers to a broad national campaign, the AFL-CIO voted unanimously at its national convention here today to endorse the enactment of single-payer, universal healthcare for all Americans.

The resolution was sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and the Alameda County (California) Central Labor Council.

In urging its support, CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro, an AFL-CIO National Vice-President, noted the recent death of Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-life union organizer from the film Norma Rae who died last week after a long battle with cancer, exacerbated by her own three-year fight with her insurance company.

No one should spend the last days of their life fighting with their insurance company, said DeMoro. We should not make choices of who gets healthcare based on their ethnicity, gender, or economic status. But I am addressing the labor movement, not Wall Street. And we all know what is the right thing the moral thing single-payer healthcare.

It marks the first time in perhaps two decades that the AFL-CIO has been formally on record in support of single-payer, which would essentially expand and improve Medicare to cover all Americans. Labor unions around the country have been in the forefront of grassroots actions around the nation in support of single-payer and many labor bodies submitted resolutions to the national convention in support of an endorsement.

Here's the link to the full text of the resolution (pdf).

http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/8196
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:02 PM
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1. So should large corporations, like GM, who complain about insurance costs "hurting" them.
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