See my previous post in which I urge everyone to please call members of the House of Representatives to ask their support for the Weiner amendment and HR676, which was supposedly going to be discussed and voted upon today. What the heck, besides my last post, see these others – here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.
Yesterday afternoon an email blast was sent by Progressive Democrats of America:
Last night PDA got word from Congressman Weiner’s office that Speaker Pelosi is keeping her promise to allow the Weiner single-payer amendment full debate and vote on the floor of the House. This will happen on Friday or Saturday.
At about the same time yesterday afternoon, Representative Dennis Kucinich and Representative John Conyers withdrew HR 676. Here you have it via the Chicago Sun-Times:
We thank you for your continued devotion to the cause of health care for All Americans. We have worked together for many years to write, promote and campaign for HR676, a single payer, not for profit health care system. . . .
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a single payer bill. As the two principal co-authors of the Conyers single payer bill, we want to offer a strong note of caution about tomorrow’s vote.
. . .
Here are the facts: There has been no debate in Congress over HR676. There has not been a single mark-up of the bill. Single payer was “taken off the table” for the entire year by the White House and by congressional leaders. There has been no reasonable period of time to gather support in the Congress for single payer. Many members accepted a “robust public option” as the alternative to single payer and now that has disappeared. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has scored the bill scheduled for a vote tomorrow in a manner which is at odds with many credible assumptions, meaning that it will appear to cost way too much even though we know that true single payer saves money since one of every three dollars in the health care system goes to administrative costs caused by the insurance companies. Is this really the climate in which we want a test vote?
. . .
Congressmen John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich
You surely recall that this is the same congress that needed no time at all to consider and approve the bailout of Wall Street. I for one find it incomprehensible that Mr. Conyers and Mr. Kucinich would not want every congressperson to go on the record, Yes or No, to health care for all. Do you believe that HR 676 was withdrawn because “this is not the right time“? I for one do not believe it.
Here’s what Anthony Weiner had to say:
“We did not want to let the perfection of the single-payer be the enemy of the good”
What good? Do you see a good in this alleged reform of the health care industry? I see no good at all.
I smell a rat, and I for one would like to know what really happened.
cross-posted at Lightpond