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HR676: We want health justice

HR676: We want health justice (add your flavor/ remix this tune)

Melody and Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson (shout out to Ray Stever for the catchphrase "One Plan, One Nation" and Dr. Quentin Young for the catchphrase "Everybody in, Nobody out")

Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson

Instrumental Track: ccMixter artist DJ.E-State

For more information on Single Payer health coverage, check out http://www.healthcare-now.org/, http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources, and http://www.medicareforall.org/pages/HR676. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding your own music (or better vocals) to the mix, you can download the raw a capellas here at ccMixter (just click on the word "download" under the word "stream"). When you are done, you can email me any mp3s here.

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Lyrics:
Intro narration:
it's important that the people understand what it is we're fighting for
we don't want health care, we want health justice
 
first verse:
is it fiscally conservative to pay more for less
is it morally conservative to accept the deaths
that our system ensures when the insurance stops
is it worse to be a scandal or a laughing stock
ain't ner' one developed country wants what we got
they made the choice long ago to cover they whole lot
left examples for us so we could follow they lead
but that's like godless talk for those who worship greed
heresy to imagine people before profits
narration: good thing we've already baptized most the congress
yeah they sold out in '09 for the fake fix
secret handshakes with ever corporate hand in the mix
as long as there's a dollar to be made you can bet
on a bill with more holes than some cheap fishnets
i said here a hole there a hole everywhere a loophole
here a hole there a hole just add to the bankroll
of politicians who let their constituents die
holding a loved one's hand saying their last goodbye
i'm talking thousands upon thousands every year
tell me is the profit model gonna dry their tears
the richest country in the world, lord, what have we done
still all you hear them hollering is we're number one
- but we're not, y'all, we're not
but yo, it ain't too late for us to blow up the spot
 
Chorus:
so if you want health justice let me hear ya shout
everybody in and nobody out
if you want health justice let me hear ya shout
everybody in and nobody out
One Plan / One Nation / One Nation / One Plan
hr 676, y'all hr 676
 
second verse:
hr 676, yo, that's the bill
we gonna cover each and every, but this time for real
some say single payer, some say medicare for all
but as long as it's universal, it don't matter what you call it
- no more pre-existing conditions
no more wading through plan restrictions
- no more networks keeping you from physicians
no holding on the line for a manager's decision
- no more avoiding the doctor out of fear
and you won't lose your coverage if you change careers
- no sweating each charge from your hospital stay
I said no more deductibles, no co-pays
- no first rate premiums, third rate plans
no medical bankruptcies ever again
- but it's more than that, yo, it's more than that
a real step toward bringing our economy back
and put us on the same footing as our global peers
the biggest job creator in the last fifty years
- and now imagine recovering the billions lost
to the excess profits and administrative costs
- not to mention the loot that providers would save
when they ain't fighting with the insurance trying to get paid
we gonna bargain and negotiate the prices down
til every drug lobbyist jaw hit the grounds
- and you can check the biggest box off that deficit list
when the medicare shortages cease to exist
but it's more than that, yo, it's more than that
this goes out to the loved ones we can't bring back
 
Chorus:
so if you want health justice let me hear ya shout
everybody in and nobody out
if you want health justice let me hear ya shout
everybody in and nobody out
One Plan / One Nation / One Nation / One Plan
hr 676, y'all hr 676
 
third verse:
narration: but what about long wait times and quality of care,
because you know I heard I somewhere…yo stop right there
we gotta watch out for these bogeymen scaring, red herring,
let me break down what they ain't sharing
we ain't taking over no doctors or hospitals
we just taking over who pays them
instead of hundred different companies with a million different rules
the process gets streamlined, and standards we raise 'em
narration: yeah, but i shouldn't be forced to pay for someone else
yeah, well, with current health insurance you don't even pay for yourself
you don't pay out of pocket for no cancer treatments
the premiums pay for it / everybody pays for it
you don't pay out of pocket for a heart transplant
the premiums pay for it / everybody pays for it
let me say that one more time
everybody pays for it, everybody else pays for it
the whole concept of insurance, it's solidarity
I put in for you, you put in for me
one night in a hospital would break most people
that's why everybody throws in the pot to make us equal
but the difference between their way and a fair way
the profit model gives them incentive not to pay
'cause they only gotta answer to a filthy rich few
but in a health justice model, we accountable to you
and I don't know why they mad, they'd get the coverage too
unless they think somehow that they better than,  oh ok i get it
hollering about cadillac plans and those who don't deserve it
what they talking about is just considered basic care in europe
except that we'd all be spending less than
and besides don't we all deserve the best plan
'cause healthcare is a matter of death and life
so we ain't waiting around til they call it a human right
 
Chorus:
if you want health justice let me hear you shout
everybody in and nobody out
tell the world what health justice is all about
everybody in and nobody out
One Plan / One Nation / One Nation / One Plan
hr 676, y'all hr 676
One Plan / One Nation / One Nation / One Plan
hr 676, y'all hr 676

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