[COMM-ORG] health care organizing
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As someone who has followed the health reform debate closely you know
it has taken longer than many expected and involved hundreds of
compromises large and small.
Throughout, our PICO network has stayed focused on making sure that
people of limited means have a say in reform, so that it meets our
interests, and not just those of the powerful special interests that
have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Congress to protect
Today, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis of the
final legislation that the House of Representatives is expected to vote
on this weekend. The analysis shows that reform would provide coverage
to 32 million people who are now uninsured, while reigning in health
costs for families, small businesses and the federal government.
People who cannot get affordable insurance at work would have access to
the same coverage available to Members of Congress.
The final version of the legislation includes $122 billion in
additional funding over 10 years to help lower-income families afford
insurance; and approximately $12 billion in additional money for safety
net clinics, which are especially vital to immigrant families.
We expect that if reform is enacted, there will need to be additional
improvements over the coming years to strengthen subsidies for the
lower-income families, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to doctors
so that families who have coverage can find care and better protect
Nonetheless, even without these improvements, reform would represent a
sea change for working families in America. It would effectively
guarantee access to health coverage for every American for the first
time in the nation's history. Many experts believe that reform will
save the lives of tens of thousands of people who now suffer
unnecessarily and die prematurely because they cannot afford coverage
or have been excluded because of illness. Reform would help break the
cycle of poverty, as Medicare did for older Americans.
To see a district-by-district analysis of what reform will mean for
your local community, visit http://go.usa.gov/lSN
As you know, people of faith and faith communities are not united in
their views on every element of health reform, including on whether the
legislation does or does not prevent federal funding for abortion. As
we have throughout the debate, we continue to urge people of faith to
consult your own faith traditions as you make your voice heard on this
critical moral and human issue.
As your Representative prepares to vote they need to hear what you
think about reform before the weekend. You can call the Congressional
switchboard at 202-224-3121.
If you make a call please share what you heard or any other comments
you have at this link: http://www.tfaforms.com/147832
We appreciate your prayerful participation in this important debate.
Rev. Heyward Wiggins
Camden Bible Tabernacle Church
PICO National Network
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