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Senator Gillibrand's Position on Health Care for all

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Kirsten Gillibrand

Today, I received this email from my Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York. The Senator is pushing for a Medicare type insurance for all, mirroring what a lot of Progressives, including those here on OEN, are asking for (see: How to fix Scarecare ). Those of you who believe this is the solution, should sign her petition.

Dear Scott,

Right now America is fully engaged in a debate about health care reform. But the conversation we're seeing play out in the media has become a debate over the debate. We've lost sight of what truly matters: how we provide affordable, quality coverage to every senior, every family, and every business.

I have taken my message on the road, traveling the state, talking to New Yorkers about the need for health care reform. I've also taken the discussion online, with video messages and live blog posts about my ideas. Over eight thousand of you have joined me by signing my petition urging Congress to enact real reform and create a public option that can compete with private insurance companies.

As the debate across America heats up, let's not lose sight of the critical need for action that increases competition and lowers costs. It's not too late for you to make a difference.

Click here to send the petition to more of your friends and spread the word.


We cannot ignore the health care crisis in this country. Costs are crippling businesses of all sizes and pushing families in every corner of America to the brink. The status quo will only cause premiums to double. Inaction is simply not an option.

I continue to advocate for a public health care option, like "Medicare for All," that would allow people to buy in at an affordable rate - something like five or six percent of their income. This public option would compete with private insurance companies, driving down costs for all of us.

I am also advocating for critical insurance company reforms so that patients are no longer turned away because of gender or pre-existing conditions, and families and businesses are not pushed into bankruptcy because of one illness. We must also ensure all preventive care is covered and streamline the cumbersome bureaucracy that raise costs on consumers and businesses.

These next several weeks will be critical. Please join me. We must seize this opportunity to enact real reform.

Sincerely,
Kirsten Gillibrand

 

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Scott Baker is a Senior Editor/Economics Editor and Writer at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post.
Scott Baker is President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist group. He has written dozens of (more...)
 
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