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Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 22nd Meeting Recap: DFA Tucson Single Payer

The meeting was called to order by R. Graap. A summation of the current status of HR 3220, 676, the Kucinich amendment "allowing" states to develop single payer plans, the Weiner amendment to 3200 to replace it with 676 (have not heard any outcome on this) and the so-called public option in 3220 was given.

Jeff Latas gave an update on his efforts to push the AzDPC (Progressive Caucus) to support a resolution at the state demo meeting; this has since passed the AzDPC steering committee and is in circulation. His further comments during the strategy discussion were very helpful

Multiple strategies to further the pressure for single payer were discussed. These emerged as the ones to do:

1. Set up meeting with the Star editorial board. My thoughts are to try for 2 delegations: one of doctors and one of community activists.
2..Pressure Rep. Giffords to support a strong public option; strategy in part as below.
3. Do street theater presentations to dramatize the problems and get publicity.
4. Circulate and support Jeff's AzPDC resolution which will be presented on Aug 15 at the state meeting.

These are in process to one degree or another. The resolution is meant to convey to Giffords, Mitchell and Kirkpatrick to get on board for 676 or at a minimum, a strong public option. Pastor and Grijalva are 676 co-signers.

An update meeting is scheduled for Wed., July 29 at 7 p.m. at the same 6th Ward location.

Additions are welcomed. I should mention the "Mad as Hell Doctors" project which is another strategy to dramatize the support and need for 676; I'll see where that is going.

Please circulate to the usual groups/ individuals.



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