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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Send this letter to Schumer!


This is a sample. Please write it out in your own words, and add (or subtract) anything you want. (For example, you may want to put in information about your personal situation, or information about a relative, friend, or coworker.) Send it to your U.S. Senators (listed below), your Congressional representative, and anyone else you think can help. Be sure to sign it and include your home address. Feel free to share this idea with others, and get organizations in which you are involved to send a group message.

Senator Charles Schumer
313 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

478 Russell

Washington DC 20510

Dear ___________________________:

I am writing as a concerned constituent. Health care for every person is a particular need for all people in this country. This includes the growing number of us who do not have any health insurance, the many who have only partial coverage, and those who have pretty good coverage. Too many of us fear losing our health benefits because of decisions of our employers or when an insurance company denies care after deciding the condition was “pre-existing.”

President Obama’s health care plan moves in the direction of providing complete, quality coverage to every person in this country, and I support that effort.

At the same time, the health insurance industry, one of the least regulated businesses in the U.S. today, is trying to protect their profits. That is why they are trying to stop any public option, which would provide an alternative to their plans to continue to rake in outrageous profits.

Please support and work for health care reform we can all count on. That would mean expanding both Medicare to people between the ages of 55 and 64; and Medicaid by elevating the federal poverty level. A “public option” that expands Medicare and Medicaid, with little or no buy-in by people, makes the most sense. Of course, the remaining uninsured need a “public option” that is as low and as affordable as possible.

Our country has the opportunity to remove itself from the “uncivilized” list. Please help President Obama in this effort.

Yours truly,
[home address, including ZIP]
[optional: telephone &/or email]