[COMM-ORG] Virginia Organizing health reform organizing

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Sat Aug 21 10:00:43 CDT 2010

  From: Joe Szakos Virginia Organizing <szakos at virginia-organizing.org>

Dear Randy,

It seems like Governor Bob McDonnell finds a way to show how out of 
touch he is with regular Virginians on a weekly basis! This week 
Governor McDonald announced his 24-person Virginia Health Reform 
Initiative Advisory Council, whose task it is to figure out ways to 
implement the new national health care law in Virginia. This panel will 
be advising on Medicaid reform, insurance reform, delivery and payment 
reform, capacity, technology, and will have considerable influence on 
the future of Virginia’s health care system.

The problem is that there is not one health care consumer or consumer 
advocate on this panel! In fact, it is mostly made up of big business 
leaders, hospital CEOs and of course the CEO of Anthem, C. Burke King. 
As you may know, I found out just how much C. Burke King wants to hear 
from health care consumers when I was arrested in front of Anthem last 
year for trying to ask about our health insurance rates! I don’t have 
any confidence that he or any of Governor McDonnell’s big business 
appointees will look out for consumers like you and me.

For the last two years we fought—and won—the right to reign in the 
insurance companies. Now, Governor McDonnell is putting them right back 
in the driver seat without a single consumer to hold them accountable.

I find it offensive that our Governor thinks so little of Virginia 
health care consumers and the uninsured that he would allow corporations 
to speak on their behalf. So we are encouraging folks to write letters 
to the editor about it. Would you take 10 minutes to write a letter to 
the editor of your local newspaper? Here is a list of contacts for 
newspapers across the state. Please email our Communications Director, 
Julie Blust, at blust at virginia-organizing.org if you need any talking 
points or tips on writing a letter to the editor.

Thanks for everything you have done to continue the fight for health 
care for all Virginians. And thank you for supporting the idea that real 
people should have a say in their government.

Take care,

Joe Szakos

Executive Director

(434) 984-4655 x222

703 Concord Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5208
(434) 984-4655 • (434) 984-2803 fax

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