Health care reform

Friday, March 20, 2009

Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill is credited with saying, "All politics is local."

I like this idea; it conjures up images of community, whether that community is a church, an organization, a family gathering or any other gathering of people who share a common interest.

As a member of Healthcare-Now of Maryland and Physicians for a National Health Program, two communities devoted to true health care reform, I have seen that political action, taken locally, can and does affect politics even at the national level.

On March 3, I joined thousands of like-minded citizens in flooding the White House switchboard and fax machines with requests that President Obama fulfill his promise of transparency and openness in government and invite single-payer advocates to participate in the White House Health Care Summit, convening March 5.

The next day, Rep. John Conyers, chief sponsor of HR 676, the U.S. National Health Care Act, and Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, were invited to attend the summit.

Whether you are for, against or uncertain about single-payer as a solution to our broken nonsystem of financing health care, I doubt that there is anyone reading this letter who is truly happy and satisfied with their health insurance program.

If you would like to learn more about single-payer reform, contact me or go to or

Dr. Carol Paris, Leonardtown