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On Alternet, filmmaker Michael Moore figures if General Motors is posting profits, layoffs can’t be far off. But seriously, why isn’t GM and the rest of corporate America hiring? When will Main Street start seeing the windfall from the government bailout of Wall Street?

The government stepped in with trillions of dollars in cash and guarantees to keep Corporate America from collapsing due to its own stupidity, short-sightedness and greed. And it workedโ€”for Corporate America. You may not have noticed as you were being foreclosed on, but the profitability of the Fortune 500 is almost back to normal

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Public Citizen President Robert Weissman and filmmaker Michael Moore

Public Citizen President Robert Weissman and filmmaker Michael Moore

We’re still recovering from yesterday’s visit from filmmaker Michael Moore. As we wrote earlier and posted on YouTube, Moore stopped by our offices to deliver a message to President Obama that it was time to hit the “reset button” on health care reform and back a single-payer plan that guarantees coverage for all Americans.

You can see video of what Moore said posted at his YouTube page. Coincidently, as Moore, Public Citizen President Robert Weissman and representatives from the National Organization for Women, United Steelworkers, California Nurses Association and Consumer Watchdog, stated the case for universal health care, the Senate Finance Committee was voting to keep a public insurance option out of the the health care legislation in front of the Senate. The WaPo’s Dana Milbank covered the committee hearing in his column.

Here’s some of the reaction from yesterday’s event: (more…)

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Filmmaker Michael Moore gave an impassioned plea for single-payer health coverage at a press conference today at our offices in Washington, D.C. His message for President Obama and members of Congress was rather simple: Give us single-payer, universal health coverage now, or feel the wrath of the voters come election time.

If President Obama would support a single-payer plan, tens of millions of Americans would flood the streets to support him, Moore said. “We will be there with you, every step of the way,” Moore said. “We have got your back.” It’s time to start over with a plan that includes single-payer, Medicare-for-All, he said. “Just hit the reset button and go back to the drawing board.” (Moore outlined what is missing from current health care proposals in a Huffington Post article.)

Public Citizen President Robert Weissman, who introduced Moore, said it’s time to end the current, broken system:

It is appropriate that filmmaker Michael Moore returns us to first principles, because the big picture of health care reform has been so badly obscured during the political theater of the past many months. Those first principles are: Health care is a right, and the private health insurance industry must be replaced. It is too cruel, too inhumane, too arbitrary, too bureaucratic and too inefficient.

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