Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fired Up And Ready To Go! Phone Bank And BBQ For Health Care Reform!

Nearly 9 million Americans have lost their health insurance since 2000.

The United States spends more money on health care than any other country, yet 1 in 6 Americans have no healthcare insurance at all. That’s over 50 million people. Another 75 million Americans are considered underinsured.

Every 30 seconds an American files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem.

Over 20,000 Americans die needlessly every year because they don’t have health insurance.

Compared with five other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom—the U.S. health care system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives. The U.S. is the only country in the study without universal health insurance coverage.

Health care reform is now being debated in Congress. In the House, the so-called Tri-Committee (made up of Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce, and the Committee on Education & Labor) produced a health care bill a couple of weeks ago, which is being "marked up" (debated and modified) as we speak. The committee members will take a break this week for the 4th of July holiday, then resume deliberations starting July 6th before the bill goes up for a vote later in the month.

Essentially, whatever comes out of this committee will be what we end up fighting for in reconciliation after the August recess, mostly because whatever comes out of the Senate will be significantly weaker. It's imperative that activists do everything we can to get the best bill possible out of the committee process.

Phone Bank And BBQ For Health Care Reform!
Wednesday, July 8
758 Palms Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

We will be phone banking to constituents in those California districts who have members on the Tri-Committee, and will ask those constituents to tell their congress members the following:

  • You support a strong public option as part of health care reform.

  • You support a public health care option that is available to ALL Americans on Day One. No “trigger”. No delay.

  • You support a public health care option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to Congress.

  • You support a public health care option that can bargain for rates from providers and big drug companies.

Please bring a cell phone and your charger.

We will be grilling as well as phoning! We supply the burgers, you supply the side dishes!


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