HCAN! New York

Who’s against quality affordable health care?

Posted on May 12th, 2009 by David Vigoda

At the Albany (NY) Tulip Festival, 182 people in 3 hours signed a Health Care for America Now (HCAN) card to support quality affordable health care for all in 2009. That’s impressive, because, with so many activities, people are distracted—and no one’s there to think about health care.

Almost half of them volunteered to contact members of Congress or take some other action. That’s even more impressive. Clearly, a lot of people, maybe most, are concerned about health care and support the reforms we’re working for.

The card-signers supported four goals: (1) Coverage you can afford. (2) Comprehensive benefits you can count on. (3) Choice of private or public health insurance plan. (4) Equal access to quality care. What’s not to like?

Well, some people were opposed to any government involvement in health care. Others wanted to eliminate private insurance so only the government would be involved. HCAN offers a compromise. To the first group we say, “You want to keep private insurance? Go and be well. We’ll just make sure you won’t lose coverage if you have a pre-existing condition, change jobs, lose your job, or can’t afford it.” To the second group we say, “You want a strong public health insurance plan, here it is.”

The amazing response we got at the Tulip Festival proves that this is a plan America wants. But what everyone needs to realize is that the big decisions are shaping up in Congress right now. If you want your voice to be heard, you need to talk to your members of Congress now.

HCAN makes that easy. They tell you what’s happening and why you need to respond. They give you phone numbers, email addresses, talking points… All you need to do is join the campaign. Upper right of your screen.

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