Archive for January, 2010

Don’t Walk Away From Health Care Reform!

The Center for Medicare Advocacy supports efforts to pass the Senate’s health reform bill.  We reiterate what President Obama asked of Congress in his State of the Union address, “don’t walk away from [health] reform!”  Paul Krugman agreed in his NewYork Times editorial.

Now is not the time to retreat,  or to insist that the perfect defeat the good.  Too many people have no health insurance, too many are denied coverage because of preexisting conditions, too many face bankruptcy because of uncovered medical bills for us to give up.

What would Ted Kennedy do?  He would agree!  He would push forward to pass the Senate health reform bill.  As he writes in his memoir about his efforts to pass reform – in 1977:

“My staff and I worked hard to craft a plan that would be capable of having broad-based support. Specifically, we negotiated long and hard in 1977 to persuade .. the AFL-CIO and … the UAW, to compromise on their strong commitment to a single-payer system, where health care providers would be paid  from a single national fund like Medicare  – and agree instead to support a plan built on our existing system of private insurance provided that coverage was mandatory and universal.  I had personally supported single payer in the past and understood the benefits of it, but I also knew that it would be politically impossible to pass.”  True Compass, p. 359 (2009)

Listen to Teddy!  Pass the Senate health care reform bill as soon as possible – if that’s what can be done, if that’s what’s feasible – do it!

To speak to your members of Congress, call (800)828-0498.

January 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm 2 comments

Help Haiti!

Now is one of those times to broaden our focus.  Haitians need … everything.  To gain quick access to many reputable organizations that are helping and need donations, go to http://www.rachelhulin.com/blog/2010/01/five-ways-to-help-haiti.html .

January 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

From the White House

Dear Friend,

As the first year of the Obama Administration concludes with the State of the Union, the White House is inviting Americans across the country to connect directly with some of the President’s senior advisors.  Through WhiteHouse.gov, these leaders will report to you on their work and answer your questions on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re heading.  Stop by WhiteHouse.gov to read all of the posts, join the chats, and find any updates on times.  As the President likes to say, this is the “People’s House,” so we want to open it up and make sure you know what we’re doing to bring the change America needs.

Sincerely,

Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to the President

January 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment


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