Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More Events--Health Care

There’s so much going on, it’s hard to keep up with it all (OK, it’s impossible). Nonetheless, I’ll continue to try--the stakes are much too high to just sit on the sidelines. Herewith, another installment, courtesy of Nina Agrawal of NYC for Change:

Yes, the Industry Is Backtracking. Just 3 days after volunteering to contain costs, insurers took back their agreement - saying that Obama had overstated their offer. Why? Our costs are their income.

Cost control will NOT happen unless Congress passes legislation for a Public Plan Choice - forcing insurers to compete with an important benchmark for health care - in the best interest of patients not profits.

Congress is set to vote on health reform legislation by July 31st. Senator Schumer is leading the battle for the public plan. To win, he needs powerful ammunition - your voices, your stories, your support.


1. HCAN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EVENT- Thursday, May 21st, 7 - 9 PM

Join us for a conversation with Richard Kirsch , National Campaign Manager, Health Care for America NOW , (HCAN), about health care reform and what you can do to make it happen. Kirsch has more than 20 years’ experience in health care reform and was invited by President Obama to the first White House Health Care Summit.

Co-hosts: Nina Agrawal MD, Tim Foley, Amy Miller, Jonathan Adner MD, Elizabeth Caputo, Dave Pollak, and Reshma Saujani

Free! RSVP:stewart@bhsfundraising.com .
Retreat Bar NYC, 37 West 17th St., btwn 5th & 6th Ave.

2. STAND UP for HEALTH CARE! Postcard Canvass Week - May 29th to June 6th

Join NYCforChange in asking voters to pledge their support for the public plan choice on postcards to Senator Schumer. Volunteers are needed to lead neighborhood canvasses. Contact Amy Miller at amymiller3@gmail.com for more information.

*If you are interested in participating, please come to the May 21st HCAN event to learn key messaging points.

3. SAVE THE DATE - HCAN National Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. - June 25th
Be a part of the biggest health care rally in history! More information to come.

- Together, we must stand up for our right to the health care we want and need. We've got no time to lose.

Nina Agrawal

"I know what it's like to see a loved one who is suffering, but also having to deal with a broken health care system. I know that pain is shared by millions of Americans all across this country..... that's why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America." -- President Obama, May 12, 2009

Join NYCforChange.org - Because one person can make a difference and every person should try.

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