Rep. John Conyers Pushing For Health Care Expansion
U.S. Representative John Conyers,D-MI, is pushing for his health care proposal that would extend Medicare benefits to uninsured and poor Americans. Since 2003, Rep. Conyers has sought to get H.R. 676 passed into law, but a Republican majority who get many campaign donations from the big HMOs and health insurance industry have stood as a major roadblock to passage. However, with the narrow Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, along with the veto pen of George Bush waiting to quash any proposal that does not meet the likes of the big business community, this bill still faces a huge challenge.
The new film by Michael Moore, SICKO, may give some extra strength to help push this bill to get poor and uninsured Americans the medical, mental health and dental benefits that they need. However, the razor thin Democratic majority in the Senate could be the biggest reason this bill does not become law for the fourth year now.
The American public needs to get off the couch, turn off the TV, and spend a few minutes to Email or write their members of Congress and the White House that you support this bill. A goal of universal health care for all is vitally important.