Call the Capitol Switchboard THIS WEEKEND at (202) 224-3121, and leave a message for your Senator and Representative, TO VOTE FOR A STRONG PUBLIC OPTION! Anything less is a loss for the American people.
It is time for Congress to support the people of America, not the insurance companies.
Take the PROFIT out of health insurance, and give us our HEALTH.
Don't let Congress just hear from opponents.
77% of Americans want the public option, when they hear the truth.
Public programs = 4% administrative costs
Private insurance companies = 30% administrative costs
Single payer would be the most cost effective by far, while covering the most people.
Single payer = "Medicare for all", with costs of Medicare improved by adding young and healthy people.
You choose your doctor, and work with him or her for your best care. Ensure portability, from job to job, or whether you lose your job. Ensure those with pre-existing conditions will be covered. Add more doctors and nurses, just take out the fat from administrative costs.
If we can't get single payer, the only way to control the greed of the insurance companies and bring true competition is to have a strong public option.
See the articles below for more information, but don't just read. CALL CONGRESS NOW, and call them again in days ahead if need be!
Chair, Special Advocacy Committee for Health Care Concerns
Chair, Special Advocacy Committee for Redistricting and Election Reform
UU Legislative Ministry of Florida (UULMF) www.uulmf.org
President, Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections (SAFE)
For Immediate Release
September 2, 2009
Contact: Charles Idelson 510-273-2246, Shum Preston 510-273-2276, or
Liz Jacobs 510-273-2232
California's Real Death Panels: Insurers Deny 21% of Claims
PacifiCare's Denials 40%, Cigna's 33% in First Half of 2009
More than one of every five requests for medical claims for insured patients, even when recommended by a patient's physician, are rejected by California 's largest private insurers, amounting to very real death panels in practice daily in the nation's biggest state, according to data released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.
CNA/NNOC researchers analyzed data reported by the insurers to the California Department of Managed Care. From 2002 through June 30, 2009, the six largest insurers operating in California rejected 31.2 million claims for care -- 21 percent of all claims.
The data will be presented by Don DeMoro, director of CNA/NNOC's research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, at CNA/NNOC's biennial convention next Tuesday, Sept. 8 in San Francisco . The convention will also feature a panel presentation from nurse leaders in Canada , Great Britain , and Australia exploding the myths about their national healthcare systems.
"With all the dishonest claims made by some politicians about alleged 'death panels' in proposed national legislation, the reality for patients today is a daily, cold-hearted rejection of desperately needed medical care by the nation's biggest and wealthiest insurance companies simply because they don't want to pay for it," said Deborah Burger, RN, CNA/NNOC co-president.