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10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Get Health Care Reform Passed

Posted on August 11th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti

Originally posted to http://citizenactionny.org

1016997_blogHealth care reform needs to happen this year. But, significant changes in our society don’t happen easily – and they don’t happen without action from the grassroots (that’s you!).

So, here’s a list of 10 things you can do right now to help move health care reform forward.

  1. Contact your Member of Congress. The first and easiest thing you can do to help pass health care reform is to send a message to your Member of Congress. Tell them to pass H.R. 3200, the House health care reform bill. Click here to see who your Member of Congress is.
  2. Contact your Senators. Next, send a message to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. Thank them for their support of a strong public health coverage option.
  3. Make a contribution to Citizen Action of New York. Fighting the corporate special interests and lobbyists who oppose reform isn’t cheap. We’re stronger on the ground, and we also have truth on our side. But we need the money to make sure our message gets out. Click here to chip in now.
  4. Read The 10 Dumbest Arguments Against Health Care Reform by the America Prospect. Understanding why folks are opposed to health care reform is a great first step in being able to convince people why it’s so important. Click here to read the article.
  5. Write a letter to the editor. Folks need to understand why health care reform is so important. You can tell them why. Getting your message printed in a newspaper helps get our message out, influence politicians and decision-makers, and energizes those who already support reform. Write a letter to your local paper now.
  6. Find an event near you and RSVP. Our friends at Health Care for America Now are keeping track of events nationwide. Click here to locate an event near you, and click here to see events listed on our website.
  7. Tweet the Truth 4 Health Care Reform #truth4healthcare. Every day we’ll tweet a tidbit of information about health care reform that some folks might not know. Your job is to re-tweet it, or make it your Facebook status. You can find it by following us on Twitter, becoming our fan on Facebook, or by looking underneath the cute little birdie in the right sidebar of this website —->.
  8. Spread the Word. The best (and cheapest) way to advertise is by word of mouth. After all, you can convince your friends to support health care reform better than we can. Tell your friends to visit our website – http://citizenactionny.org – and sign up. They’ll get action alerts and notices about events in their area.
  9. Become a Citizen Action First Responder. Our rapid response team is our greatest asset to fight the wealthy, right-wing corporate interests who are trying to protect company profits. As a First Responder we’ll email or call you with an urgent action – usually placing a call to one of your elected representatives. Click here to join now.
  10. Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Getting more people involved is the key to our success. Making it easy for them to get involved is the best way to ensure our numbers are grow. Spread this post far and wide…
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