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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Write your congress person

The public option is a compromise, and not a very good one. But access to health care is a moral issue and we have to do whatever we can to make sure that everybody has access. We can pass a compromise now and fix the rest of it later.

Howard Dean has a list of how everybody in congress has indicated they're going to vote on health reform. The number of people who "don't know" if they support a public option is high enough to swing it either way.

Feinstein is on the list of "don't know"s, so I used her web form to send her a letter.

Dear Honorable Senator Feinstein,

I would like to encourage you to support a public option for health care reform. Any bill which does not include this option is not real reform. I voted for Obama partly because of his promises on this issue.

I vote absentee in California, but I'm studying overseas in England. The NHS is a fantastic system and we would be doing well to recreate it in the states. A public option is a compromise and not the best one. Failure to support even that is not just a political failure, it's a moral failure. I'm sure that I don't need to remind you of the alarmingly high number of uninsured children in California. They are counting on you to support a real reform, with at least a public option.

Thank you for your time,
C. Hutchins

It's probably also worthwhile to write congress people who support it and thank them.

1 comment:

steph said...

Thanks for the info. I wrote my senators, who were both "i don't know"s. My local congressperson is the first out person to be elected to congress, fyi, and is also super liberal. He would probably support a US version of the NHS. I thanked him as well.