Illinois Central Labor Council Endorses HR 676by In My Opinion on 05/05/15
Illinois Central Labor Council Endorses HR 676
April 28, 2015
At its regular meeting on April 15, 2015, the
Champaign County AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed HR 676, national single payer
health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).
Champaign County AFL-CIO President Matt Kelly
of UA Local 149, Plumbers and Pipefitters, spoke with the All Unions Committee
on the reason for the endorsement of HR 676:
“Working people in general are struggling and anything that will help we
are on board with.”
David Johnson, a retired carpenter, a host of
the Central Illinois World Labor Hour radio program, and a delegate to the
Champaign County AFL-CIO brought the issue of endorsing HR 676 to the attention
of the council.
At the meeting on April 15, Johnson passed
out a copy of a resolution for HR 676 and a copy of the report about the
Chattanooga CLC being the 150th CLC in the country and the 5th in Tennessee to
“I think the majority of the delegates
thought that if five CLC’s in Tennessee have already passed it that we should
definitely be doing something in Illinois,” said Johnson.
There was some discussion of health care on
the floor of the meeting prior to the passage.
A delegate from the teachers’ union spoke of a student who could not get
a vital prescription filled because of an inadequate insurance plan.
The Champaign County AFL-CIO is the third
labor council in Illinois to endorse HR 676.
The other two are the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor in East
Alton and the Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council in
HR 676 would institute a single payer health
care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in
the U. S. Patients will choose their own
physicians and hospitals.
HR 676 would cover every person for all
necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical,
outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental
(including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home
health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse),
vision care and correction, hearing services including hearing aids,
chiropractic, durable medical equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and
long term care.
HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 would save hundreds of billions
annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health
insurance industry and HMOs.
In the current Congress, HR 676 has 48
co-sponsors in addition to Congressman Conyers.
HR 676 has been endorsed by 619 union
organizations including 151 Central Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and
44 state AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC,
MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI,
MT, NE, NJ, NY, NV, MA, RI, NH, ID & NM).
For further information, a list of union
endorsers, or a sample endorsement resolution, contact:
All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551
Kay Tillow, All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care – HR676, Louisville, KY