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Spreading the Truth About Health Care Reform in NYC

Posted on August 26th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Also posted at http://citizenactionny.org

CANY Teach In 001On the evening of Thursday, August 20th, over 70 interested community members gathered at the Ryan-Chelsea Community Health Center to discuss and learn about the current health care reform proposals in Congress at a teach-in sponsored by Health Care for America Now and it’s New York City coalition.

Next week we’ll be posting the slide show presentations used at this event, and similar events across the state. Also, check back here on Thursday evening to watch a live stream of the event in Buffalo.

Here are some photos of the event:

Click “Read More” to see the statements from the speakers at the event:

Test in the news

Posted on August 17th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in In the News

test in the news

National Health Care Reform: Where Are We Now & What Do We Need to Do?

Posted on August 11th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

A Teach-in for HCAN Activists and Allies

Topics to be discussed:

  • What do the bills in Congress actually say?
  • How will real people actually benefit from these bills?
  • What are the politics surrounding reform now?
  • What do we need to do?
  • What do we need to say?

Events across New York. Click here to find the event near you.

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

Posted on August 11th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

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…

Buffalo Organizer Diana Cihak Tell’s Fox’s Neil Cavuto Why We’re Going to Win Real Health Care Reform

Posted on August 7th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Citizen Action of New York/Health Care for America Now organizer in Buffalo, Diana Cihak, was interviewed tonight on Neil Cavuto’s show on the Fox Business Channel.

Diana disagreed with Neil’s prediction that the public option is dead. She made the case that an overwhelming majority of Americans support a public option and support H.R. 3200. In fact, an analysis of polls about the public option shows a range of 62%-83% of approval of the public option.

We’re going to win health care reform – we’re going to win health care that is affordable, with comprehensive coverage.

Congressman Massa – do you support health care reform?

Posted on August 4th, 2009 by Diana Cihak in Uncategorized

Today we held a press conference at Congressman Eric Massa’s Pittsford, NY office.  Congressman Massa is one of the freshman Democrats that has effectively slowed down and possibly stalled the passage of HR3200, the bill being debated in front the House of Representatives for health care reform.  Frankly we were shocked when we found out Massa was attempting to slow down the process because he has always been an advocate for health care reform – he ran on a single payer platform during his campaign.

So, we went to his office to ask him to tell us why he was stalling the bill and what it was that he was looking for in order to fully support HR 3200.  After a good press conference that was attended by many different individuals from the Western New York region we met with his Chief of Staff.  It seems that maybe we are not as far apart as we thought – according to his staff Congressman Massa is just on the fence right now about supporting the bill.  But then again he is not willing, yet, to come out and say he will vote for it when the Congress reconvenes in September.

Massa’s office is being flooded with mail and phone calls against health care reform and HR3200.  That makes it hard for him to enthusiastically support any reform legislation.  Now, we know and his staff implied, that there is a hard line right wing theme to many of the letters and calls against reform.  They realize that the pushback on health reform is a coordinated and well funded effort by the Republicans to make Obama and the Democrats look bad no matter what the cost to the average American.

But still, he needs to hear from his voters that support reform.

So, if you are reading this we need you to call Congressman Massa and ask him to support HR3200.  You can call his Pittsford district office at:  (585) 218-0040;  or his office in DC at:  (202) 225-3161

At the end of the long meeting with his staff there was a light in the darkness when his staffer said “well maybe you should meet with the Congressman yourself”.  So we are doing just that, we are going back to meet with him tomorrow and see if we can’t get him to commit to supporting HR3200.

But in order for us to get him to say yes, he needs to hear from you.  So please call his office right now.

And on Thursday there is a town hall meeting in Honeyoe Falls that Massa is holding about health care reform.  So please try to attend if you live in his district – it starts at 7:30 at the Mendon Community Center.

There is hope – we just have to keep working!