June 23, 2004
Dear Senator Alpert,
I am writing today to express my strongest possible support for SB 921, the single payer health care initiative authored by Sheila Kuehl (D-23)
In January 2004, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences estimated
that every year, 18000 Americans die needlessly as a result of having
inadequate or no health insurance. To put that into perspective in the words
of our times, that is a new September 11th tragedy every two months. A tragedy
that is entirely self-inflicted, and persisting for as long as we don’t fix our broken health care ‘system.’ Roughly 10% of those people die in California, based on our percentage of the nation’s population.
It’s time for everyone to have healthcare, and SB 921 provides a solution. I ask you to do everything in your power to support this bill and to seek solutions to provide EVERY Californian with health care.
Myles Sussman, PhD
Member, Physicians for a National Health Program
8840 Costa Verde Bl #3445
San Diego, CA 92122