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     Executive director of Health Justice, Newhall is a doctor and a 
lawyer. He said today: "Thursday the House Democrats released their 
version of healthcare reform. While we have been pushing for a debate on 
the House floor for single payer, and been calling for the 
representatives to keep the Kucinich [Amendment]. ... It seems House 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied. ... [The Kucinich Amendment] allowing states 
to create state-level single-payer healthcare has been stripped out of 
the House healthcare bill, after having passed in committee back in July 
by a vote of 27 to 19."
     Health Justice has produced a series of ads on healthcare, 
available at: .

     Burger is a co-president of the California Nurses 
Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. Idelson is a 
spokesperson for the group. Idelson said: "In July, the House Labor and 
Education Committee approved an amendment introduced by Rep. Dennis 
Kucinich that would exempt states that enact Medicare for all / 
single-payer bills from the onerous limitations contained in the federal 
ERISA law governing employer sponsored health plans.
     "Since then a rogues' gallery of Fortune 500 corporate interests 
and insurance lobbyists have put a lot of pressure on the House 
leadership to strip the Kucinich Amendment from the final bill going to 
the House floor."
     Single payer legislation, which would replace private health 
insurance with one plan that covers everyone, like an expanded and 
enhanced Medicare, has in recent years twice passed the California 
legislature but been vetoed by the governor.

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