This week, Congress will make crucial decisions on two issues: single-payer health care and the widening war in Afghanistan/Pakistan.
1. Single Payer Health Care
On Monday, the for-profit health industry promised President Obama to cut costs by 1.5%, but we can only laugh.
For-profit insurers will always put profits first - ahead of Obama's cost-saving goals and ahead of our health care needs, even our lives.
The only serious way to reduce health care costs is to move from for-profit health insurance to a single-payer system like Medicare.
Thankfully, Rep. John Conyers has a serious single-player plan, H.R. 676, which has 75 co-sponsors. But we need 218 votes in the House to pass H.R. 676, so we must pressure every other Representative .
First, sign our petition and forward it to everyone you know who is sick of - or sick from - for-profit health insurance:
Then, if your Representative not a co-sponsor, call him/her at 202-224-3121 and demand to know why not.
Then tell the Senate Finance Committee to stop laughing at (and arresting!) single payer advocates like us, and put a single-payer plan "on the table":
And if you're near Washington DC on Wednesday May 13, join Progressive Democrats of America in a Day of Action for Single-Payer Health Care:
2. The Widening War in Afghanistan/Pakistan (Af-Pak)
This week, Congress will vote on another $85 billion for Af-Pak and Iraq. But our careless bombing in Af-Pak is only making things worse. And there are horrifying new reports we used white phosphorus against civilians.
This week, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) will propose an amendment for an Afghanistan Exit Strategy. Please sign our new petition to your Representatives and Senators:
Thanks for all you do!
p.s. Thanks to Ed Schultz for asking fans of The Ed Show to sign our single-payer petition. Many of us love Ed's radio show, and now we can see him fight for working families every weekday at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC. Visit:
While you're at wegoted.com, vote no.