Today,  Congressman Dennis Kucinich sent the following email. I have removed his request for contributions as I know you can find him if you wish to lend financial support. Kucinich explains what is happening to the health insurance reform debate concisely and accurately, so Free Press wanted to reprint it for our readers.


The masquerade is over!  The "public option" is ... dead.

Health care  reform is now a private option: WHICH FOR PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANY DO YOU WANT? You have to choose. And you have to pay. If  you have a low income, under HR3200 government will subsidize the  private insurance companies and you will still have to pay  premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

The Administration plan  requires that everyone must have health insurance, so it is  delivering tens of millions of new "customers" to the  insurance companies. Health care? Not really. Insurance care! Absolutely. Cost controls? No chance.

You will next hear  talk about "co-ops." The truth is that insurance  company campaign contributions have co-opted the public interest.

Your contribution will empower our efforts to continue to  fight for the single-payer, not-for-profit health care bill,  HR676 "Medicare for All," which I co-authored with Rep.  John Conyers. The bill now has 85 sponsors in the House.

The  hotly-debated HR3200, the so-called "health care reform"  bill, is nothing less than corporate welfare in the guise of  social welfare and reform. It is a convoluted mess. The real  debate which we should be having is not occurring.

Removing  the "public option" from a public bill paid for by  public money is not in the public interest.  What is left is a "private option" paid for with public  money. Why should public money be spent on a private option which  does not guarantee 100% coverage nor have any cost controls? A  true public option would provide 30% savings immediately which  would then cover the 1/3rd of the population who presently have  no health care.

Unfortunately, under HR3200, the  Government is choosing winners and losers in the private sector; proposing to spend public funds on subsidizing insurance companies who make money not providing health care. This process  will insure only the expansion of profits. Gone is the debate  over cost.

As a result of current negotiations, the  Medicare Part D rip-off will continue for another decade, further fleecing senior citizens. Drug importation has been dropped, so  no inexpensive drugs can be accessed from other nations.

Instead we are told the pharmaceutical companies will  accept a 2% cut in the growth rate of their profits - they call  this cost control!

If the matter were not so serious, it  would be farcical: The executive branch pretends that the  proposed health care reforms are something they are not. The legislation is being attacked for something it is not. Congressional leadership and the White House defend the  legislation, pretending it actually is the very proposal that is  being attacked. But it is not.

A commonsense government  health care reform policy would insure that every single American  has full access to health care by expanding Medicare to cover everyone under a Single Payer System. We are already paying for a  universal standard of care, it is just we are not getting it.

I  need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around  true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains  fiscal integrity without subsidizing insurance and pharmaceutical  companies and breaking our nation's bank!

My voice in  Congress will continue to challenge the special interests who do not want "single-payer" to succeed. I need you to join  me in combating the special and corporate interests who spend  millions to try to win this Congressional seat. With your help WE  will win again. With your help I will continue to represent your  concerns, be YOUR VOICE in the United States Congress, and be the  voice for health care for all Americans!

With your help,  we can accomplish ANYTHING in America. Persistence, dedication,  truth and courage will lead the way and win out in the end.