We are encouraging readers to call their local reps to support health care for all. We think it’s important to work to not only put pressure on elected officials, but to help spread the word and to help change public perception about the issue. If you have a family member or friend on the fence, please give an extra hour this week to take them out to coffee or on the phone to explain why health care for all is important.
Support the 10 principles put together by Health Care For America Now!
– A truly inclusive and accessible health care system in which no one is left out.
– A choice of a private insurance plan, including keeping the insurance you have if you like it, or a public health insurance plan that guarantees affordable coverage without a private insurer middleman.
– A standard for health benefits that covers what people need to keep healthy and to be treated when they are ill. Health care benefits should cover all necessary care including preventative services and treatment needed by those with serious and chronic diseases and conditions.
– Health care coverage with out-of-pocket costs including premiums, co-pays, and deductibles that are based on a family’s ability to pay for health care and without limits on payments for covered services.
– Equity in health care access, treatment, research and resources to people and communities of color, resulting in the elimination of racial disparities in health outcomes and real improvement in health and life expectancy for all.
– Health coverage through the largest possible pools in order to achieve affordable, quality coverage for the entire population and to share risk fairly.
– A watchdog role on all plans, to assure that risk is fairly spread among all health care payers and that insurers do not turn people away, raise rates, or drop coverage based on a person’s health history or wrongly delay or deny care.
– A choice of doctors, health providers, and private and public health insurance plans, without gaps in coverage or access and a delivery system that meets the needs of at-risk populations.
– Affordable and predictable health costs to businesses and employers. To the extent that employers contribute to the cost of health coverage, those payments should be related to employee wages rather than on a per-employee basis.
– Effective cost controls that promote quality, lower administrative costs, and long term financial sustainability, including: standard claims forms, secure electronic medical records, using the public’s purchasing power to instill greater reliance on evidence-based protocols and lower drug and device prices, better management and treatment of chronic diseases, and a public role in deciding where money is invested in health care.
Call Oregon Senators
Ron Wyden, 503-326-7525, Jeff Merkley, 503-226-3386
Representatives Earl Blumenauer, 503.231.2300, David Wu, 503-326-2901 and
Peter DeFazio, 541-465-6732.
To e-mail go to Health Care for America Now! and send a letter to local officials.