NC HEALTH REPORT: Write Letter to the Editor -- Congress Should Pass Health Reform Now

Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker
February 10, 2010

NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM STILL POSSIBLE

We hear from our fellow advocates who work in Washington that our message is getting through. Between the President's proposed "health care summit" and efforts by individual members of Congress, it slowly appears to be dawning on Congress that they need to act on health reform and delaying is not an option.

Indeed, a poll yesterday showed a strong majority of Americans, including independent voters, want Congress to finish the job they've started. All the problems lack of reform means for our health system aren't going away - higher costs, insurance denial, and even earlier death for those without coverage.

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF YOUR LOCAL PAPER

One of the best ways to help push us over the line on health reform is to write a letter to the editor of your local paper asking Congress to act now. The basic message is pretty simple:

Use our handy letter-writing assistant

With children's health insurance expansion and help for the unemployed last year, we started to improve our system, but we need to make insurance more affordable and accessible to everyone. Congress shouldn't give up the fight now, especially when we are so close to reform.

Write your own letter in your own words, but to help get you started we've got a set of sample letters. Included is a sample letter from a small business owner, a nurse practitioner, and someone with cancer. We've also included a sample letter from an advocate, one against breaking up the health bill, and one about President Obama's health care summit.

Sample Letters

If you wish you can use our handy letter-writing assistant which will automatically send your letter to the newspaper in your area.

IS BLUE CROSS HIKING YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMS? WE WANT TO KNOW.

Adam Linker in the Progressive Pulse today is taking a survey (all responses will be kept confidential) of both businesses and individuals. Complaints of excessive premium increases in California have resulted in a federal investigation of the Blue Cross in that state. Email Adam at Adam.Linker@ncjustice.org.

HKonJ MARCH - RALEIGH SAT FEB 13, 9.30 AM.

Join us in downtown Raleigh with our NAACP partners to march for justice. Get more information here.

SUCCESSFUL HAC QUARTERLY MEETING IN WILMINGTON:

Many communities across the state and country continue to be engaged in advocating for real health care reform. They have been steadfast in their efforts to hold our President and Congress accountable for making reform happen sooner rather than later. Wilmington is one of those communities and HAC was down there last month with some of our best partners.

With strong leadership and encouragement from community activists such as Kay Zwan and Sylvia Colbert, faith leaders such as Pastor Robert Campbell and Bishop Williams, advocates such as Mike Glancy and Bill Graham, and many others, Wilmington residents have sent nearly 1,500 letters to Congress urging them to pass comprehensive health care reform.

At our HAC meeting we discussed national reform, reduction in state services for those living with disabilities, fragmented medical services received by older adults, and the new NC Campaign for Better Care effort HAC is spearheading in NC.

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