Really reform healthcare, strong public option a minimum
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I write to urge your support for Rep. Dennis Kucinich's singlepayer amendment to H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act, etc.. The clock is ticking, every 5 minutes another person dies because they don’t have health insurance; someone you know might be next, soon- the time to act for real healthcare reform is now. This amendment would allow individual states to adopt singlepayer health care systems should they choose to do so. To this end, the amendment would waive provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that might obstruct such action. The Kucinich amendment passed out of the Committee of Education and Labor on July 17 in a bipartisan vote of 27 to 19. This amendment is being threatened by insurance company and Big Pharma lobbyists. I urge you to stand strong and protect a state's right to choose a singlepayer health financing system. Please help ensure it remains part of any health reform legislation passed in this session of Congress. Singlepayer systems are characterized by truly universal, comprehensive and high-quality care; free choice of doctor and hospital; no out-of-pocket expenses; the elimination of wasteful administrative costs; and the ability to control costs through measures like bulk purchasing.
Many states already have strong single-payer bills in their legislatures, including California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania. These states could more easily implement a singlepayer system were the Kucinich amendment to be enacted into law. While I recognize the political imperative to pass health care reform, it is important to remember that the purpose of reform is to ease the burden for all Americans. Please let states decide how their health care system can provide quality care for all by supporting the Kucinich amendment. And, stop Stupac Amendment, and any variations there of. As well, no trigger, because triggers don't get pulled, no co-ops, or hammer; also must include anti-trust provisions. Also, please, advocate for singlepayer healthcare, with Community First Choice Option and CLASS Act (Community Choice Act for the handicapped, elderly, autistic, disabled, etc.); H.R. 3200 & S. 703, with Senate Amendment 2837.
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