Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Who cares about the rising cost of health care? You do. The money goes out of your pocket and into the pockets of big insurance, the drug companies, hospitals and eventually to the people who actually care for you.

Do the people getting your money really want less of it? No. They've already reneged on offers to cut costs voluntarily. Right now, they're spending $1.4 million per day on lobbyists to make sure your Senators hear exactly why they need more of your health care dollars.

This week is critical. Recess is over and your Senators have just returned to Washington to work on the health care legislation. Dozens of nonpartisan organizations have asked their volunteers to make a call today and tomorrow (July 7th and 8th) so Congress hears from thousands and thousands of people right before they make major decisions about what kind of reforms will get a vote.

You can counter the lobbyists who work for drug and insurance companies with a simple phone call. We're making it easy with a toll-free number.

If we are really going to reduce costs, we need to do a lot of things differently--create incentives for preventive care and early detection, make insurance companies compete on cost and service, reduce preventable infections and errors that bloat the cost of simple treatments.

You are the one who benefits the most if reforms designed to reduce costs and give you better options end up in the final bill, so you are your best advocate. A phone call makes a big difference, because your lawmaker knows you only pick up the phone if you really care.

We've provided a few talking points, or just tell your Senator about your own experience with the health care system we have now.

Take just a few minutes right now. Use our toll-free number and tell your Senator to vote YES for real reform.

Thank you so much for everything you do and for everything you will do to improve our health care system this year.

DeAnn Friedholm
A project of Consumers Union
101 Truman Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10703

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.