Monday, June 22, 2009

Hooray for Mary Flowers!
June 25 single-payer hearing, Carbondale

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Illinois Rep. Mary E. Flowers (D-31st) is still out there talking up her bill for an Illinois single-payer health-care system, H.B. 311.

The Southern Illinoisan reports:
"Flowers said she plans to be in Carbondale next week to discuss the legislation and get feedback from citizens who want to 'make their voice heard' on health care. She will host a hearing at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Carbondale Civic Center.

"'The average family is paying $6,700 a year for health care in Illinois and guess what? They are not better for it, and they are not healthier for it,' she said. 'Other countries pay less, get more and live longer.'"
Given the mess being proposed in Washington by politicians largely bought and sold by the insurance industry and for-profit medicine, it may be that, like the smoking ban, we will have to enact universal health care state-by-state or even city-by-city. (After all, if the Chicago City Council could pass ordinances about the welfare of ducks, you'd think they could do something for people.)

Here's hoping Illinois will be a leader.

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