Sunday, March 01, 2009

Re: Divided We Fail Update - February 2009

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Subject: Divided We Fail Update - February 2009

Divided We's time for Health Care and Financial Security for all


Thank you!!  Earlier this month, Divided We Fail activists told President Obama that Americans can't afford to wait any longer for real health reform. The cost of inaction is simply too high.

And on Tuesday night, President Obama showed us that he heard our message loud and clear by talking about the need for health care reform in his address to the nation.  He said: 

"[W]e must also address the crushing cost of health care.

This is a cost that now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds. By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes. In the last eight years, premiums have grown four times faster than wages. And in each of these years, one million more Americans have lost their health insurance. It is one of the major reasons why small businesses close their doors and corporations ship jobs overseas. And it's one of the largest and fastest-growing parts of our budget.

Given these facts, we can no longer afford to put health care reform on hold. ... Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year."

Now it's time to get to work on providing every American with access to affordable, quality care. President Obama has committed to take action and we have commited to help him.

But first, please take a moment to send President Obama a thank-you for returning health reform to the top of our nation's priorities.


Leaders from Divided We Fail participated in President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Summit on Monday, February 23rd. Bill Novelli (AARP), John Castellani (Business Roundtable), and Andy Stern (SEIU) told the President and his team how critical it is to move forward with health care reform now. Read their comments and tell us what you think! 


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President Obama recently signed into law the most ambitious recovery legislation in history. This $789 billion bill is the first step toward getting America's economy moving again as quickly and effectively as possible. AARP has summarized the major components of the bill that are most likely to affect you directly. Check out AARP's What It Means to You summary and find out how the stimulus bill will have an impact on your family and around the country. 


Last month, over 600 of you took the time to share your thoughts about the responses to our recent survey on health care reform. Here are just a very small selection of these comments:

Barbara G: I think the surveys and summit are important but there needs to be a more grass roots effort to let our legislatures and President know what problems we have and what our particular needs may be! Not just "big wigs" in a company but the people who are working down in the trenches need to be heard as well!

Amelia R: I believe the cost of health care is directly related to pre-existing conditions and lack of emphasis on prevention; both situations often deter people from seeking medical care until more expensive crisis (ER) treatment is needed. I believe there will be a decrease in costs when prevention and early intervention become routine.

Ross B: Can see why cost of health care causes biggest concern but difficulty of finding coverage for preexisting condition should be a close second. Your survey shows this concern ranks much lower. It appears that healthy young people must have answered the survey.

Randal B: I feel it it very important to bring all major parties to the health care reform table.
True reform will only be possible if the business interests (pharmaceuticals,bio-techs, medical professions, care deliverers, etc)and public interests agree on the same basic objectives and then agree to implement policies and practices to bring about a fair, efficient and (reasonably) affordable health delivery system for everyone. We all will need to accept some changes and more personal responsibility for our health.

Read all responses.



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