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Why You Should Care About Health Care Reform

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I had the opportunity to hear Senator Russ Feingold talk today at a luncheon in Madison. Before the lunch he asked me, “What are you hearing? What are your people thinking about the health care issue?”

He’s worried the public will to do something about health care is waning. The people who are showing up at town hall meetings are indicating they don’t want to see any changes to the system.

Is that what you want?

It isn’t what I want. I’ve been excited by the idea of improving our health care system and would be very disappointed if this opportunity went by without any significant change.

Our family is lucky, we have great insurance and I don’t want that to change - no one is really suggesting we completely abandon the current system, but it certainly doesn’t work for everyone. I know friends who have insurance, but can’t use it because of huge deductibles or co-pays. Self-employed people often go without coverage, because no company will cover them at an affordable price. Parents of children with birth defects are often bankrupted due to limits on care. If you think all Americans should have access to quality health care, you should care about health care reform.

If Clay lost his job, and his insurance, my heart health history would make it very difficult and expensive to find coverage. If you believe everyone, regardless of their past health history, should be able to get coverage, you should care about health care reform.

For those of us who own or work for small businesses, a major illness of one member of the group can make a plan unaffordable for everyone. If you think it makes more sense to spread the risk across a large group in a public plan, you should care about health care reform.

If you think the current insurance system puts the focus on profit rather than providing quality care, you should care about health care reform.

What should you do?

My years of advocating for research funding and issues related to heart health has taught me an e-mail or a phone call does make a difference. If you feel strongly about any of these issues, contact your US Senator and your member of Congress.

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