Urgent, We the PEOPLE of the United States call for immediate action. Please extend unemployment benefits and COBRA for all 50 states until December, 31st, 2010.
Time is rapidly running out for Congress to come up with a vital lifeline available for jobless workers and their families. Both unemployment insurance (UI) for the long-term jobless and the COBRA extension to help unemployed workers maintain health care coverage. Question, what sense does it make to extend unemployment for 20 weeks for a grand total of 10 months but COBRA is extended for 15 months under the ARRA? If unemployment benefits run out, how are we to pay for medical insurance? Common sense says to extend benefits 15 months!
We the people of the United States of America urge Congress to act swiftly to enforce a lifeline for millions of jobless Americans caught in the undertow of record breaking long-term unemployment in this ongoing downturn. It is critical for Congress to extend unemployment provisions through the end of the year, 2010 as millions of laid off workers face the end. We also urge lower premiums; we are unemployed and simply can not afford paying 35%.
Unemployment benefits are taxed as income supposedly to encourage the unemployed to find jobs. It is ludicrous that the unemployed must contribute to federal income taxes that go towards bailing out banks and private corporations. Where are the bailouts for the American people? We are asking our representatives in Congress and the Senate to repeal this ridiculous law that not only is ill-conceived in principal, but puts the unemployed in a position to contribute to the "stimulus" package. The unemployed should be recipients, not contributors, to the "stimulus" package.
The United States of America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are supposed to be the Leader of all Nations. Our number one priority should be the people of the United States of America. We are in dire need of help; we are calling for action not more TALK!
Please, I beg of you. If you are among those that are unemployed or know someone crying out for help and change to better our country, please help out your fellow man and do what is right. Stand up let your voice be heard. Do your part, your signature counts!
We are to be heard here and we are to be heard now!
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
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