Thursday, January 7, 2010

Give YOUR input on the final health care bill!


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NYC for Change wants to make your voice heard in Washington.

Before the final health care bill passes, we're meeting with our Senators and Reps. And we need your help.
Both the House and Senate have passed health reform. But the bills have major flaws. Our members of Congress want to hear from you, their constituents, so they can fight for your priorities in the Conference Committee and final vote.
So ... tell us. What do you think needs improvement? What do you think is worth fighting for? You can also share a personal story about how this bill affects you or your family.
To start, we've listed some progressive talking points. Use these ideas, and any others that come to mind. Then, email your feedback to amymiller3@gmail.com. And if you'd like to coordinate or attend a legislative visit, include that in your email, too!
Thank you,
Amy Miller and Allie Feldman, NYC for Change
PS- Don't forget our teach-in tomorrow at Judson Memorial Church, 6:30 p.m., where we'll discuss these and other action steps in more detail!

Talking Points: Fix the Bill

  • Give Americans the choice of a public option. Congress should model the final bill after the House version, which contains a national public option—the key to real competition, greater choice, and lower costs.
  • Make insurance affordable. Both bills require most Americans to have insurance. But even with subsidies, some people could pay up to 20% of their income on health care. The final bill must ensure families aren't required to spend more than they can handle.
  • Protect women's health care. Both bills impose dangerous new restrictions on women's reproductive health care. While the House version is worse, neither provision can be in the final bill.
  • Finance health care fairly. The Senate would pay for part of reform by taxing the benefits packages of some working Americans. The House, on the other hand, pays for reform with a small surcharge on the wealthiest Americans—a far better approach.
  • Hold insurance companies to the same anti-trust laws as other companies. Right now, insurance companies are exempt from laws designed to prevent monopolies and price-gouging. The House bill would fix this, and so should the final bill.
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