Wednesday, February 04, 2009

2-4-09 And Health Care for All?

With Tom Daschle now out of the running for Secretary of Health and Human Services, that position is once again in the spotlight and, perhaps, that's a good thing.

Neither President Obama nor former Senator Daschle was a proponent of a single-payer health care system, but I am. And there is a bill in the House that provides for such a system. Believe it or not, it was introduced by John Conyers in 2003. It's HR 676, and it has somewhere in the neighborhood of 96 co-sponsors in the House.

With attention focused, however momentarily, on health care again, it is time to step up the activism toward fixing the health ills of this nation.

Former Clinton HHS Secretary Donna Shalala is a name that's surfaced in the past hour or two as a possible candidate for the post. Another name that's surfaced, though probably not from the Obama camp, is Howard Dean. He'd make sense as he's the former Chair of the DNC, and is a medical doctor.

One thing is for certain, though, we need to take the insurance companies' profit motives out of our health care.

On today's Radio or Not podcast, I speak with Larry Pius, the man behind, a website he created to raise funds to help bring this bill the attention it deserves and get it passed. Have a listen, and help out if you can.

Hear today's Radio or Not podcast here (runtime 18:07)


elkojohn said...

4-stars Nicole on hitting this big issue hard. Do you have any idea why Team Obama is so cold toward Dr. Howard Dean -- his ''50-State Strategy'' was brilliant & his run for Prez was awesome until the MSM made him out to be a wild-man :-\