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New Report: Health Insurance Coverage in New York Keeps Shrinking as Premiums, Family Costs Continue Climbing

Posted on July 28th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

20090728HCANAffordabilityReToday, Health Care for America Now coalition organizations in New York released a new report called Health Insurance Coverage in New York Keeps Shrinking as Premiums, Family Costs Continue Climbing.

As the report was released, HCAN-NY called on New York members of Congress to support H.R. 3200 – the House health care reform bill – and its included affordability measures, including the income tax surcharge on families earning over $350,000.

The report below shows that families across New York and the United States are struggling under the heavy weight of rising health care costs. And, according to another report released today, Three Proposals to Pay for Health Care Reform without Hurting Struggling Families in New York (pdf), The income tax surcharge proposed in H.R. 3200 (which would affect only 1.8% of New Yorkers) would address concerns about affordability while preventing tax increases on middle-income New Yorkers, and avoiding taxing their health care benefits. The provision would raise $543 billion to fund quality, affordable health care for all with a high-quality public health care option.

Click here to download the report. (PDF)

The 1,000 July Count-down

Posted on July 23rd, 2009 by David Vigoda in Uncategorized

It’s crunch time. If we don’t pressure Congress to report health care bills out of committee by the August 3 recess, our opponents will use the delay to try to kill reform. To counter that, we need 1,000 more people across the Capital District to endorse the president’s plan.

1,000?! How do we do that?! Simple: 40 people get 25 signers. Just 40 people across the Capital District. Can we do it? Yes, we can. Do it for someone you care about, who suffered because they couldn’t get proper health care.

(Though this event was designed for one New York region, it’s easy to adapt to wherever you live.)

Here’s how it works: By registering for the event here…
…you agree to get 25 signers any way you like by July 31 (8/2 at the latest). You can walk around your neighborhood or town/city center, or attend a local event. (Bring a friend for moral support.) You can talk to people at work, church, a club meeting, or party. Contact friends and relatives.

Anyone who has done this knows how easy it is. You don’t need to convince anyone, because the majority supports the president’s plan. Just ask people, “Would you support the president’s health care reform plan by signing your name?” Some will, some won’t. Thank everyone and move on.

Here are some upcoming events that draw good crowds:
Weekdays (12 to 1): lunch crowds on State, Pearl, and Broadway, and in the park behind the Capitol.
7/29 (10 to 2): Farmers Market, Empire State Plaza.
8/1 (12 to 7): African American Family Day, Empire State Plaza.
7/27, 28 & 29: SPAC
7/29 and after (1:00): Saratoga races
7/31 to 8/2: Hats Off to Saratoga Festival
7/26 & 8/2 (7:00): Music Haven Concert Series, Central Park
7/27 to 8/1 (matinee & evening): Proctors Theater
7/30 (12 to 1:30): Jazz on Jay Street
7/29 & 30, 8/1 & 2: Freedom Park Concerts
7/31 (evening): Troy Night Out
7/31 (5 to 11:30): Rockin on the River
8/1: Troy Farmers Market (on premises with permission or nearby)
There may also be events out in Schoharie, down in Hudson, over in Chatham, and elsewhere. You folks know the local events. And let’s not forget the crowds at Woodstock, Lake George, and Tanglewood. It’s all good.

Just look at all these opportunities! 1,000 signers, piece of cake! Let’s go, Capital District, we can do this! Yes, we can!

New Report: Unequal Lives: Health Care Discrimination Harms Communities of Color in New York

Posted on July 15th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

20090715HCANHealthEquities-2-300x300Today, Citizen Action of New York released a new report detailing the racial disparities and discrimination within the New York health care system.

Click here to download, or see below, for the full report.

Schumer “guarantees” public option.

Posted on July 10th, 2009 by David Vigoda in Uncategorized

An aide to New York Senator Schumer, a key figure on health care reform, gave an unequivocal answer to a crucial question yesterday. This was the question: “Can we count on Senator Schumer to be a bold advocate for President Obama’s health care plan and support reform only if it includes a strong public option?” The reply was a single word: “Yes.”

The aide went on to make this startling announcement: “He [Senator Schumer] guarantees that there will be a public option. He knows that this is the way things have to go.”

Want to hear it for yourself? Watch the video.

The event was a rally outside Senator Schumer’s Albany office on July 9 to thank him for supporting a public option and call on him to be our advocate in the fight for a strong plan.

The rally was sponsored by MoveOn.org and the centerpiece of the event was the presentation of a petition—380 pages long—signed by some 4,800 New Yorkers. It expresses strong support for the choice of a public health insurance option operating alongside private plans.

The Albany rally was one of some 150 held simultaneously outside Congressional offices around the country.

Schumer’s guarantee of a public option makes clear that we are making tremendous progress in our campaign for guaranteed affordable health care for all this year. In fact the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) just joined several committees in the House by releasing a bill that includes a public plan.

But it is too early to declare victory. Everyone who cares about this must do something to register their ‘vote.’ Sign a pledge, make a phone call, attend a house meeting or rally, go door to door. Tell people you know that there is a nation-wide grassroots campaign to get out the ‘vote.’

The time is now, because right now Congress is writing the future of health care.

Public Option Now! Health Care Rally

Posted on July 1st, 2009 by David Vigoda in Uncategorized

Title: Public Option Now! Health Care Rally
Location: Leo O\’Brien Federal Building
Link out: Click here
Description: President Obama has called for comprehensive health care reform this year. At the heart of his proposal is this core principle: \”Every American must have the freedom to choose their plan and doctor–including the choice of a public insurance option.\”

But the president cannot do this by himself. America must show Congress that we want a strong public health insurance plan. Powerful forces oppose it. They have the money, but we have the people.

Everyone who supports quality affordable health care for all this year–with a strong public option–needs to cast their vote by coming to the rally.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2009-07-09
End Time: 13:00