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Via Single Payer Action:

Guess who’s coming to dinner.

After months of proclaiming that single payer is off the table, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has invited five key single payer advocates to meet with him in Washington, D.C. this week.

On Wednesday June 3, Senator Baucus will meet with Dr. David Himmelstein, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Dr. Marcia Angell, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Oliver Fein, Associate Dean, Cornell Weill Medical School, and President of PNHP, Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, and Geri Jenkins, president of California Nurses Association.

Via CQ HEALTHBEAT NEWS (PDF link):

Kennedy Staff Lays Out Priorities for Health Overhaul

A briefing paper that represents the views of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee Democrats is in line with other Democratic health overhaul proposals emerging on Capitol Hill, saying all Americans should be required to carry health insurance, with subsidies to help purchase it available to those in households with incomes up to four times the poverty level.

An insurance system, whether public or private, isn’t workable “and is more expensive if consumers wait until they get sick before signing up,” the document says. “That’s why national health reform requires that everyone who can afford to must sign up for coverage.

“As we near the point of introducing legislation to achieve our vision, we issue this policy overview to lay out our priorities,” states the briefing paper prepared by committee Democrats and Democratic aides for a May 21 meeting of the panel. Committee Democrats are expected to hold meetings June 2 and June 3 to conduct a “walkthrough” of a health overhaul proposal, with meetings starting at the end of the week that also include committee Republicans

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