Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Localized Attention on Health Care Reform, Including Action from Gerry Connolly

As the debate over health care has heated up in recent weeks, I think it's good to have a reminder of how the discussion can impact individual people. In this video, Russell Axelson from Alexandria tells his story about how after he was laid off he couldn't even afford to pay for COBRA which is the option that is supposed to be the affordable for people who are in between jobs.

Earlier today, Russell was just one of several people who joined Congressman Gerry Connolly on a telephone press conference to discuss health care reform. During the conference call, Gerry highlighted how he realizes the importance of reforming our health care system.
“There’s no question that most Americans recognize there’s a crisis in health care. Even if we’re happy with the current coverage we individually may have, we recognize that premiums have doubled in the last seven years. Deductibles are going through the roof. We know that more and more companies are shedding health care for retirees and even for their employees. We know that only 48 percent of small businesses in the United States offer any health care coverage at all. And we know that those small businesses are going to incur a cost if we do nothing - an extra cost of 2.4 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. That’s an unsustainable cost for small businesses in America.”
I think Gerry is absolutely correct to point out that the cost of health care is already high and that it's enormous rates are going to create (if they haven't already) "an unsustainable cost for small businesses." I've been devoting a lot of attention to organizing around this issue and it's absolutely amazing how much damage the cost of health care can do to hard working families.

As the discussion continues on health care reform, Gerry is obviously making sure that the residents of Northern Virginia have an opportunity to discuss the issue with him. Tomorrow, for instance, Rep. Connolly will be having a telephone conference call with tens of thousands of people living in the 11th Congressional District. If you would like to take part in the call, you can dial in beginning at 7:20pm tomorrow (Wednesday) evening by calling 877-229-8493 and inputting the access code 14594.

1 comment:

  1. I am pretty curious about this debate in USA. There has been silence after election, like everybody has forgotten the preelctio fight, but now it erupts again...