November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008
Speaking Out for Health Care in 2009

$207 billion.

That's how much our economy lost last year because everyone in America doesn't have health care.[1]

Something must be done, and done now.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on health care and the economy, the first step towards passing a health care reform bill. So, we're running an ad congratulating President-elect Obama on his vision for health care reform and urging Congress to take up the issue in 2009.

Click to watch the ad and contact the Senate Finance Committee and tell them that we need health care reform now, in 2009. Click to watch the ad and email the Senate Finance Committee

This problem will not go away.

If nothing is done about health care, by 2016 the average working family in America will spend almost 50% of their income - $24,000 dollars - on health care costs.[2]

The process of crafting a health care bill is just starting. Here's where we are so far and where we're going:

Last week, Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released a report that he described as "a call to action".[3] Like the vision supported by President-elect Obama and Health Care for America Now, Senator Baucus's report calls for quality, affordable health care for all in 2009.

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee (the committee in Congress that controls federal revenues and will play a large role in passing health care reform) will hold hearings on health care and the economy. This is an important first step in building momentum to pass health care reform in 2009. It's crucial that our voices are heard.

Click to watch our ad and contact the members of the Senate Finance Committee and tell them that we can't afford to wait to pass health care reform.

This is just the first of many steps needed to create health care legislation and pass it through Congress. There will be more committee hearings, more reports, and eventually, important votes. We at Health Care for America Now will do our best to keep you informed about the process as it moves forward, and we will make sure that at every opportunity your voice is heard.

Thank you for speaking up!

On a personal note, we are having our first freeze of the fall. Our temperature here in Jacksonville was in the 20s this morning and by this afternoon the temperatures were only in the low 50s. Definitely not typical Florida weather but great for a change if it only last a couple of days. I live in the South so I never have to worry about digging my ass out of the sunshine. Thank you very much!

Things are busy as always at the end of the year. Tonight, we had our Thanksgiving dinner for my long term survivor group at Lutheran Social Services. We had a great spread of food and open floor discussion during the event. It was great seeing several members who can not make all of our meetings. We ended up having over 25 show up tonight which was fantastic.

I had a ton of calls and emails to catch up because my past several days have been so hectic. I also had to finish preparing the handout for the HIV community luncheon this coming Friday at Christ Church of Peace. The handout gives the information for our upcoming Teddy Bear Touchdown and our new I'm One in a Million project where they can share their stories about living with HIV and AIDS.

I hope you had a safe and great hump day. We are half way to the weekend.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab