by Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Director of Legislation | January 05, 2010
This message comes from Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Director of Legislation.
Help start the New Year off right — by finally making quality, affordable health care for all a reality.
Here's what's happening: the U.S. Senate passed its version of health care reform on Christmas Eve, and now Democratic leaders are merging the bill with the one passed by the House of Representatives in November. Once leaders have a final bill, it must again win passage in both the House and Senate before being sent to President Obama's desk for his signature.
That's why I hope you'll send a message to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi — they're working out the final details and we need to make sure they finish reform right.
This is our last chance to make sure our historic health care reform actually fixes the health care crisis, drives costs down, and covers all Americans. Two changes are key to making sure that the final bill delivers the reform that Americans desperately need:
- Our health benefits must not be taxed. Middle-class families must be able to afford health insurance and employers must be asked to provide good health coverage for their employees.
- Insurance companies must be held accountable with strong regulations and consumer protections, and we must be given the choice of a national public health insurance option available on day one.
Please send a message to Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi right now and demand that the final reform bill include the choice and competition of a public health insurance option and doesn't tax our health care benefits.
Thanks to your ongoing phone calls, e-mails, and faxes we got this far and passed a strong bill in the House of Representatives. But the Senate bill is much weaker and it taxes our benefits — that's why your voice is needed today.