Action Alert: Single-Payer Activists Arrested!!

Healthcare-NOW!, May 5, 2009

We need your help getting in the news today.

A series of protesters demanding single-payer health care coverage disrupted a Senate Finance Committee roundtable on health care reform today.

At the beginning of the hearing this morning, a man stood and yelled, "So let me get this straight -- you have 15 seats at the table and not one for single payer? Why is that?"

The protest was organized by a coalition of groups, including Physicians for a National Health Program, Single Payer Action, and Healthcare-NOW!

"Other methods of communication with elected officials have failed in delivering the demand for single-payer national health care as evidenced by the exclusion of single-payer advocates from official hearings on health reform," said a release about the event.

See a video of the protest here and here. All eight protesters were arrested.

Please, contact some of the following news outlets to help get this story covered.

ABC News - 212-456-7777 -
CBS News - 212-975-4321 -
CNBC - (201) 735-2622 -
CNN - 404-827-1500 - email
MSNBC/NBC - (212) 664-4444 - - -
PBS - 703-739-5000 -

Here's some press we already got: here, here, and here.

Thanks for all that you do,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff

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