Single Payer Advocates to Congress: Defeat Obamacare

Single Payer Advocates were at the National Press Club this morning.

And they unanimously urged Congress to defeat Obamacare.

Even if it contains a provision by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that would give individual states the legal authority to pass single payer.

Dr. David Scheiner — Obama’s personal physician for 22 years — said that he opposed Obama’s plan because it’s “a bad program that will set health reform back.”

“It will give people a sense that something has been done — and it hasn’t been done,” Scheiner said. “It will make things more complicated than ever.”

“It’s a bad bill,” Scheiner said. “No bill is better than this bill. We have to work out something better. They have to reconsider.”

“We have to oppose this,” said Public Citizen’s Dr. Sidney Wolfe. “It’s false promises. It’s incumbent upon us to oppose something that cannot work.”

Jim Ferlo, a state Senator from Pittsburgh said he would “rather wait to get a single payer plan than any half baked Obama plan.”

Obamacare is “just not going to work.”

“It’s not sustainable,” Ferlo said. “Any time you see Harry and Louise in paid commercials in the millions financed by big Pharma — now backing the Obama plan, and spending millions of dollars in daily commercials in favor of Obama’s plan — I say hold onto to your wallets. Something’s wrong.”

Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program said the Obama legislation “will not address the fundamental problems we are facing. It will not control costs.”

“Only single payer controls costs,” Flowers said. “It’s the only system that allows us to simplify our administration. From a practical feasibility standpoint, the current legislation is not going to hold up.”

Katie Robbins of Healthcare Now said “this bill falls so short, even with the Kucinich amendment — we will not support it.”

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