Monday, April 20, 2009

Health Care--Public Plan Choice

I think inclusion of a public plan choice in President Obama's health care plan is so important for a number of reasons, I'm going to quote an e-mail I received on the subject in full:

THANKS to all who made calls! When Congress returns from April recess, they will negotiate a merged version of the House and Senate health care reform budget bills - We're on the road to reform! But, is it the kind of reform we want?

The PUBLIC PLAN choice is the most important and most controversial aspect of reform. Without it, Americans without workplace insurance will continue be uninsured, private insurers will continue to go unchecked, and we will lose our opportunity to contain health care costs" according to the New America Foundation.

The problem is that Senator Schumer has not officially backed the public option. We need the public VOICE to fight for the public plan CHOICE. Here's how YOU can help:

1. Urge Senator Schumer to support the public plan choice. Call his NY office at 212-486-4430.
2. Stay informed. Sign up up for health reform alerts at
3. Come to one of our health reform events listed below. Meet new people and have fun! New ideas are welcome!


Wed, May 6: NYCforChange Comedy Show - "Stand Up for Health Care"
Because, a spoonful of comedy makes the medicine go down! Co-hosted with LaughingLink Liberally.
One night only! 7:30 to 9PM, the Tank on 45th btw 8th and 9th, RSVP: here


Thurs, April 23, 7:30PM: - Be Bold Cocktails Fundraiser
Great party for a great organization. Hosted by Echoing Green, a nonprofit social venture fund for social entrepreneurs. Special music performance by Amos Lee. Prince George Ballroom,15 E 27th St.Tix $95 or $120 at the door. To purchase tix, click here.

Thurs, April 23rd, 7PM: Health Care for America NOW - Reform Advocacy Training
Deixler Home, 9 Stoneycrest Rd. Rye, 10580. RSVP: restroff@gmail.comLink

Sat, April 25: Hands on NY Day
Help plant trees for Earth Day with the Manhattan Young Democrats!

Wed, April 29, 3:30– 5pm: Forum on Immigrants and Health Reform
New York Immigration Coalition
137-139 W 25th St, 12th Floor,;

May 7: Labor's Stake in Health Care for All.
Hosted by NYC Labor Unions and Rekindling Reform. 101 6th Ave; 5 to 8PM

Thurs, May 14th, 7:30pm: Westchester Health Care Reform Town Hall Meeting
Greenburgh Town Hall Auditorium, 177 Hillside Avenue Greenburgh, NY 10607,

May 21: Guest Speaker - Richard Kirsch, Health Care for America NOW
Save the Date! Hosted by DL21C, Location TBA.

May 30, 7PM: Living Liberally Annual Celebration
Meet Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette St.
RSVP: here
GO VIRAL! Invite your friends and family to help make health care a reality for all!

Nina Agrawal MD

Founder, NYCforChange

Member, National Physician's Alliance - NYC Action Network

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