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Universal Health Care Task Force in Congress

Ask Your Congressperson to Be a Leader for Health Care Justice

Staff members from the offices of each of the congress-people listed below have attended at least one health care briefing of the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force.

If your congressperson is a participant, thank him/her for his/her efforts, and urge him/her to continue to be a Leader for Health Care Justice.  If your congressperson is not yet a member, urge him/her to join.  Candidates for Congress can show their leadership through:

- committing to make the issue of universal health care a top priority in the 107th Congress;
- joining the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force, and 
- committing to work with their colleagues to draft principled and practical proposals for universal coverage within the first nine months of the 107th Congress.

Task Force Q & A's
Task Force participants
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Task Force Q & A's
(Questions and Answers About the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force)

-What is the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force?
-Who is in the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force?
-How can I find out if the staff of my Congressperson's office have been attending meetings?
-How will the Task Force work to achieve its goal of universal health care?
-How do I find out more about the Universal Health Care Task Force?

What is the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force?

The task force was formed to build broad-based, diverse support among members of Congress to work for a national guarantee of health care for all. The ultimate goal of the task force is to develop and pass legislation to achieve comprehensive, affordable, publicly accountable health care for all. Rep. John Conyers (D, MI) began the task force as a project of the Congressional Black Caucus' Health Care Brain Trust with the participation of the Hispanic, Progressive, Asian-Pacific, Women, Children and Native American Caucuses.

Who is in the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force?

The task force is nonpartisan. Since its creation in April 2000, 49 Congressional offices have attended health care briefings sponsored by the task force.

To build the task force, outreach is being conducted to various caucuses representing diverse constituencies that would gain from universal health care. The task force will also be a gathering place for veteran supporters of universal health care efforts. Finally, the task force would like to work with grassroots health care justice organizations and leading health policy academics.

The final goal of the task force is a truly broad-based, bipartisan membership who will work to achieve a national guarantee of health care for all.

How can I find out if the staff of my Congressperson's office have been attending meetings?

The U2K Campaign has a list of the current members of the House of Representatives whose aides have attended task force briefings. We will post the roster of task force members on the U2K web site, <www.u2kcampaign.org>, as of Sept. 15. You can also contact the U2K Campaign office, <uhcan@uhcan.org> or 216/902-5577.

How will the Task Force work to achieve its goal of universal health care?

The work of the task force will focus on:

* Building a network of universal heath care allies in Congress that will maximize the support of legislation to achieve health care for all.

* Working closely with health care justice organizations, networks and coalitions to achieve this goal, including the U2K Campaign.

* Making the issue of health care for all a vital issue in the 2000 elections.

* Promoting discussion and debate among members of Congress and their staff about universal health care and alternative policy approaches towards this goal.

* Educating colleagues on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and other health care injustices.

How do I find out more about the Universal Health Care Task Force?

* Shelley Moskowitz, Gray Panthers, 202/737-6637 ext. 25, or <info@graypanthers.org>.

* Joel Segal, Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. John Conyers (D, MI), 202/225-5126 or <joel.segal@mail.house.gov>

Task Force participants

State

Congressional District

First Name

Last Name

AL

5

Robert E. "Bud"

Cramer, Jr.

AL

7

Earl

Hilliard

CA

9

Barbara

Lee

CA

10

Ellen O.

Tauscher

CA

11

Richard

Pombo -R

CA

12

Tom

Lantos

CA

13

Fortney "Pete"

Stark

CA

26

Howard L.

Berman

CA

29

Henry A.

Waxman

CA

31

Matthew G.

Martinez

CA

32

Julian C.

Dixon

CA

33

Lucille

Roybal-Allard

CA

34

Grace F.

Napolitano

CA

35

Maxine

Waters

CA

42

Joe

Baca

CA

50

Bob

Filner

CO

1

Diana L.

DeGette

CT

5

James H.

Maloney

FL

17

Carrie

Meek

FL

19

Robert I.

Wexler

FL

23

Alcee L.

Hastings

GA

2

Sanford

Bishop, Jr.

GA

5

John B.

Lewis

IL

2

Jesse

Jackson, Jr.

IL

9

Janice D.

Schakowsky

IL

17

Lane

Evans

IN

10

Julia M.

Carson

MA

1

John W.

Olver

MA

3

James P.

McGovern

MA

6

John F.

Tierney

MD

1

Wayne

Gilchrest -R

MD

7

Elijah

Cummings

MI

9

Dale E.

Kildee

MI

13

Lynn

Rivers

MI

14

John

Conyers, Jr.

MI

15

Carolyn C.

Kilpatrick

MN

Sen

Paul D.

Wellstone

MN

2

David E.

Minge

NC

1

Eva M.

Clayton

NJ

1

Robert E.

Andrews

NJ

10

Donald M.

Payne

NM

3

Tom

Udall

NY

1

Michael P.

Forbes

NY

4

Carolyn C.

McCarthy

NY

6

Gregory W.

Meeks

NY

8

Jerrold

Nadler

NY

10

Edolphus

Towns

NY

11

Major R.

Owens

NY

14

Carolyn

Maloney

NY

16

Jose E.

Serrano

OH

9

Marcy

Kaptur

OH

13

Sherrod

Brown

PA

2

Chaka

Fattah

RI

1

Patrick J.

Kennedy

TX

18

Sheila Jackson

Lee

VA

3

Bobby

Scott

VI

Del.

Donna M.

Christian-Christensen

VT

A-L

Bernard

Sanders

WA

3

Brian

Baird

WI

2

Tammy

Baldwin

WI

4

Jerry

Kleczka

WI

7

David R.

Obey

WV

2

Robert E.

Wise, Jr.

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Ask your candidate to be a Leader for Health Care Justice*

INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE U.S. CONGRESS
About the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force

(9/15/00)

Objective

The Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force was formed to build broad-based, diverse support among members of Congress to work for a national guarantee of health care for all. The ultimate goal of the task force is to develop and pass legislation to achieve comprehensive, affordable, publicly accountable health care for all.

Rep. John Conyers (D, MI) began the task force as a project of the Congressional Black Caucus' Health Care Brain Trust with the participation of the Hispanic, Progressive, Asian-Pacific, Women, Children and Native American Caucuses.

Participants

The task force is nonpartisan. Since its creation in April 2000, 49 Congressional offices have attended health care briefings sponsored by the task force. To build the task force, outreach is being conducted to various caucuses representing diverse constituencies that would gain from universal health care. The task force will also be a gathering place for veteran supporters of universal health care efforts. Finally, the task force would like to work with grassroots health care justice organizations and leading health policy academics.

The final goal of the task force is a truly broad-based, bipartisan membership who will work to achieve a national guarantee of health care for all.

A list of the Congress members whose staff have attended briefings of the task force is available on the Universal Health Care 2000 Campaign (U2K) web site, <www.u2kcampaign.org>.

Goals

The work of the task force will focus on:

* Building a network of universal heath care allies in Congress that will maximize the support of legislation to achieve health care for all.

* Working closely with health care justice organizations, networks and coalitions to achieve this goal, including the U2K Campaign.

* Making the issue of health care for all a vital issue in the 2000 elections.

* Promoting discussion and debate among members of Congress and their staff about universal health care and alternative policy approaches towards this goal.

* Educating colleagues on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and other health care injustices.

Contacts

* Shelley Moskowitz, Gray Panthers, 202/737-6637, ext. 25, or moskowitz@graypanthers.org.

* Joel Segal, Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. John Conyers (D, MI), 202/225-5126 or joel.segal@mail.house.gov.

 


 

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