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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:56 PM
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Even the American Library Association wants single-payer health care

Congress, and in particular the Blue Dog Democrats (which I am increasingly suspecting are actually DINOs, or Democrats In Name Only), need to PAY ATTENTION! Here's what the ALA said in their press release:
ALA Calls for Public Option in Health Care Reform
August 19th, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenni Terry

WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Library Association (ALA) today sent a letter to all members of Congress, voicing its support for including a public option in health care reform legislation.

The association, which represents over 65,000 members, also supports a single-payer option and believes removing public options, including potential cooperative arrangements, from the final legislation would not accomplish the strong reform needed.

Without a single-payer provision, ALA is even more committed to retaining a public option as reform legislation moves forward, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, said. Like every segment of our society, our nations library budgets are being outpaced and even consumed with increasing costs of health care. With the vast majority of librarians and library workers employed in the public sector, the rising cost of providing health insurance has placed enormous burdens on state and local governments. This makes it increasingly difficult for them to adequately fund libraries and threatens our ability to serve the public.

Sheketoff said the association has previously informed Congress of its support of health care reforms and is calling upon Congress again to pass significant legislation that will ensure health care is available to all.

An ALA resolution passed at the associations July 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago states, The ever-increasing expense of health care benefits continues to inhibit the ability of libraries to create career opportunities for librarians and library workers, stunts improvements in wages and thereby threatens the future of our profession and our libraries.

Libraries must be able to offer affordable and comprehensive health care insurance to assure healthy employees, to manage library budgets and to promote healthy communities that our libraries serve. We need a public option to make this happen, Sheketoff said.
I mean, good god, other countries have been doing this quite successfully at less cost and with better health care delivery for decades! so why can't we?

Or maybe the question should be, why won't we?

http://esterrepublic.blogspot.com/2009/08/even-american...
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:11 PM
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1. Polls, consistently point to about two-thirds of Americans wanting single
payer health care. Sometimes they get freeped but polls both official and unofficial seem to verify this. When you consider the medical, nursing associations, the unions and many others like the librarians, who are backing this, it's not hard to come up with two-thirds in favor. How can we make our government admit this and give the people what they want?
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canoeist52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:15 PM
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2. It's all connected. 1/3 of our town budget goes to health insurance
for our employees. That has knocked our library budget down so far that we've lost accreditation, which means that we're not a part of the multi-town system. I can only get the new books our local library orders. I gave up bookstores a few years ago, which means that I can't read all the new political books anymore. arghhhh! can't win.
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