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Citizen Action liveblogs Senate Finance Committee health care bill markup hearing: happening now

Posted on September 29th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Click here to watch a live blog of the Senate Finance Committee hearing.

Reps. McMahon and Israel to Hold Town Hall Meetings

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

Representatives Steve Israel and Mike McMahon will be hosting health care town hall meetings on Monday, October 5th.

Here’s the info, please join us:

Rep. Steve Israel
Monday, October 5th – arrive at 5pm
Suffolk Community College
Brentwood, NY

We are asking supporters of affordable, quality health care for all with a strong public option to arrive at 5pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle at 516-541-1006×12 or danielle@lipc.org

Representative Mike McMahon
Monday, October 5 th –
7 – 9 PM
P.S. 80, Michael J. Petrides School Auditorium
715 Ocean Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301-4542

Speaker Pelosi: Fight for Affordability and the Public Option!

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

As New Yorkers, we especially need the affordability provisions in H.R. 3200 to be included in the final health care reform package. That’s why we’re joining together to get 3,200 signatures for H.R. 3200. We’re sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi telling her to stand strong for the public option and affordability as she enters difficult negotiations on the final health care reform bill. Sign on to the letter and help spread the word!

Big Insurance: Sick of It! Rallies Across New York, Tuesday 9/22

Posted on September 17th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

SickofIt-color---rotate-webWe can’t afford to wait for real health care reform anymore. It’s time for our leaders to stop putting the interests of big insurance first, and to do what is right for their constituents. Come help us tell big insurance and Congress that America demands health care reform NOW!

New York City

One Penn Plaza
in front of Fuse
SE Corner of 32ns St. and 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Tuesday, September 22nd – 12:00 pm


Layfayette Square (Buffalo, NY)
Layfayette Square and Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Tuesday, September 22nd – 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Click here to RSVP


Outside GHI Corporate Offices
80 Wolf Road (near Sand Creek Road)
Albany, NY 12205
Tuesday, September 22nd – 4:00 pm

Long Island

225 Broadhollow Road (Route 110)
Just north of the Long Island Expressway (meeting on the East side of the road)
Melville, NY
Tuesday, September 22nd – 11:00 am


Broome County Courthouse
Binghamton, NY
Tuesday, September 22nd – 12:00 pm

Rapid Response Team – Baucus Bill Released, Call Senator Schumer Now!

Posted on September 16th, 2009 by Charlie Albanetti in Uncategorized

Rapid Response Team – Weekly Calls to Congress

Today, Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus of Montana released his long-awaited plan for health care reform, and it simply doesn’t meet our standards for reform.  It vastly reduces the number of people that would be subsidized for their health care, leaving all too many New Yorkers out, subsidizing people at only 300% of the federal poverty level (about $32,000 for a family of one; $55,000 for a family of 3).  We doubt that is adequate for families in Montana, but it certainly isn’t adequate in states like New York, with much higher costs of for health care and other necessities! And Sen. Baucus refuses to include a public health insurance option, which is vital to keeping private health insurance companies honest and keeping their high premiums down.

As Richard Kirsch, former Executive Director of Citizen Action and now National Campaign Manager of HCAN put it, “The Baucus bill is a gift to the insurance industry that fails to meet the most basic promise of health care reform: a guarantee that Americans will have good health care that they can afford. The Baucus bill would give a government-subsidized monopoly to the private insurance industry to sell their most profitable plans – high-deductible insurance – without having to face competition from a public health insurer.”

Please have everyone on your list call Senator Schumer today at 1-877-264-4226 with this message:

I’d like to call Senator Schumer to thank him for his support for health care reform with a strong public option.  We’d also like Senator Schumer to please tell Senator Baucus that New York, as a high-cost state, needs subsidies for coverable up to 400% of poverty at a minimum, and a strong public health insurance option.

In a state with extremely high costs for health insurance and other necessities, it is vital for New York’s working families for the final bill passed by Congress to provide subsidies for purchasing health insurance up to 400% of poverty at a minimum. We must also have a public health insurance option as an alternative to private health insurance to ensure accountability, affordability and choice. It is therefore critical that Senator Schumer continue to be a champion for a strong public health insurance option and for strong affordability standards in the final legislation passed by Congress.

Please have everyone on your list call Senator Schumer today at 1-877-264-4226 with the message above.