On Universal Health Care

Adopted at 1992 Annual Conference

WHEREAS the 50,000-member American Library Association in 1990 adopted a "Library Services for the Poor" policy which enjoins ALA and the library profession to promote "implementation of. . . national health insurance" as a means of reducing poverty; and

WHEREAS Rep. Marty Russo and Sen. Paul Wellstone have introduced legislation to establish a system of single-payer, Canadian-style national health insurance which has already been supported by the American Public Health Association, the Children's Defense Fund, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers' Union, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Council of Senior Citizens, Physicians for a National Health Program, and many unions, including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association endorse H. R.1300 and S.2320, the Universal Health Care Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to Rep. Russo, Sen. Wellstone, and the library press.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 105, pp. 3-4