This Thursday, September 23rd an important Congressional briefing is scheduled on Capitol Hill to address changes to Medicare–which could weaken the program–that the Deficit Commission is exploring.
The briefing’s panelists will describe the strengths of our current Medicare program, in particular how it reduces poverty and health disparities, and how a single-payer, or “improved Medicare for all,” system could assure truly universal care, cost controls, and financial solvency.
With more than 50 million uninsured Americans, 45,000 deaths a year due to lack of health insurance, and 62 percent of bankruptcies linked to medical debt, it is clear thorough healthcare reform is still needed and must be part of any economic recovery plan.
We want to reach Members of Congress with this message. You can help by calling your Member of Congress and urging them to attend this important event.
The Congressional switchboard number is 866-338-1015. If it’s busy, or you want to find your Representative’s direct number, go to VoteSmart.org.
Ask to be connected to your Representative, ask for the Legislative Aide, and say:
“I’m calling to ask Rep. ____ to attend a Congressional briefing titled ‘An analysis of proposed changes to Medicare before the Deficit Commission and a better alternative: Improved Medicare for all’ which will be hosted by Representatives Raul Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey. The briefing is on Thursday, September 23, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at room 1334 in the Longworth House Office Building. With more than 50 million uninsured Americans, 45,000 deaths a year due to lack of health insurance, and 62 percent of bankruptcies linked to medical debt, it is clear thorough healthcare reform is still needed and must be part of any economic recovery plan. Please attend this important briefing.”