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Eric Massa: The Single Payer Moment

Eric Massa of New York’s 29th District has been making the case for single payer healthcare. The advice he was given when he decided to run for congress was, "don’t do it." As a first year congressman he’s been advised not to take a stand, especially on a hot button issue like healthcare. But rather than accept the conventional wisdom, Massa has voted against the bank bailout and fought loudly for single payer healthcare. A cancer survivor, Massa says that the healthcare system in this country is literally killing people. And Massa says that he hopes a public option is part of any healthcare bill that emerges from congress this year.

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Eric Massa: The Single Payer Moment

Eric Massa of New York’s 29th District has been making the case for single payer healthcare. The advice he was given when he decided to run for congress was, "don’t do it." As a first year congressman he’s been advised not to take a stand, especially on a hot button issue like healthcare. But rather than accept the conventional wisdom, Massa has voted against the bank bailout and fought loudly for single payer healthcare. A cancer survivor, Massa says that the healthcare system in this country is literally killing people. And Massa says that he hopes a public option is part of any healthcare bill that emerges from congress this year. 

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.