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Encourage Candidates to Make Health Care Top Priority
We all know that to truly fix our nation's health care crisis we need national leadership.
For the last few months Americans for Health Care has called on ALL presidential candidates - both Democrat and Republican - to release their health care plans by August 1st. As part of a national day of action commemorating the deadline, delegations of Health Care Voters across the country ended the countdown yesterday with visits to the presidential candidates’ state offices to deliver health care bills acknowledging whether or not they met the deadline. The deadline has passed, but let's continue to work to ensure health care is the top presidential priority!
Join us by sending a letter to each of the candidates reminding them that now is the time to show voters a commitment to real, comprehensive health care reform by releasing a plan that ensures quality, affordable health care for everyone!
*To date there are five Democratic candidates who have produced comprehensive health care plans: Sen. Dodd, Sen. Edwards, Rep. Kucinich, Sen. Obama, and Gov. Richardson. Sen. Clinton, Sen. Biden, Sen. Gravel and Mayor Giuliani have released partial plans. No other Republican candidates have released a plan.*
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s): Democratic Presidential Candidates Republican Presidential Candidates
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Health Care is the Top Priority!
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
For months I have been working with fellow Health Care Voters to call on ALL presidential candidates to release comprehensive plans for health care reform by August 1st. Yesterday, we commemorated the passing of the deadline with a national day of action acknowledging whether or not your campaign met the deadline.
Now is the time for us to create an American solution that guarantees quality, affordable health care coverage for everyone. Health Care Voters, nearly 500,000 strong and counting, will only vote for and support presidential candidates who make reforming our health care system a top priority. A plan must include health care reform which ensures:
* Quality, affordable health care for all, with a choice of doctors and plans, without gaps in coverage or access;
* Preventative care as part of any basic benefit plan that promotes health and eliminates economic and racial disparities;
* Controlled costs by providing care that is cost-efficient and medically effective; and
* Financing that is fair with responsibility shared by employers, individuals, and government.
The longer we wait to fix the health care crisis, the worse it's going to get. That's why Health Care Voters like me will continue to urge you to make health care the top priority in your campaign for president.
What's At Stake:
Nearly 45 million Americans are uninsured.
9 million children don't have health insurance.
Costs continue to skyrocket for working families all across the country.
The longer we wait to fix the health care crisis, the worse it's going to get.
We need national leadership on the issue to get real change enacted.
For thousands of years, marijuana has reduced symptoms for the seriously ill effectively, and has helped improve their quality of life. Dozens of medical and health organizations endorse or allow patients access to medical marijuana with their physicians’ approval. Marijuana has been used therapeutically to control pain, alleviate nausea and vomiting in cancer patients due to chemotherapy, treat wasting due to HIV/AIDS, combat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and more.
To date, 12 states have passed medical marijuana laws. While the laws differ from state to state, they all work to protect patients and caregivers from criminal charges associated with their medicine.
The bipartisan Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill would stop the U.S. Department of Justice from spending taxpayer money to arrest or prosecute legitimate patients -- and their caregivers -- in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Seriously ill patients have the right to effective therapies. To deny patients access to such a therapy is to deny them dignity and respect as persons.
Urge Congress to pass the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment and allow health care patients the medicine they need!
Allow Health Care Patients Access to Therapy - Not Time Behind Bars
Dear Representative [Last Name],
Please vote for the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill when it comes to the House floor for a vote.
The Hinchey amendment would prohibit the Justice Department -- including the DEA -- from spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.
Your support for this amendment would be consistent with the views of most Americans. Seventy eight percent of Americans support "making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering." (Gallup poll, 2005)
Since 1996, 12 states have enacted laws to protect patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases from arrest and prison. In fact, just last month the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LL, America’s second largest cancer charity and the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services, endorsed medical marijuana access. In their June 2007 statement, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “strongly urge[s] that in a state where patients are permitted to use marijuana medicinally for serious and/or chronic illnesses and a patient's physician has recommended its use in accordance with that state's law and that state’s medical practice standards, the patient should not be subject to federal criminal penalties for such medical use.”
The American Nurses Association has consistently supported protections for patients who use marijuana for medical purposes under their physicians’ supervision. They are joined by many other health care organizations, as well as thousands of doctors and health care professionals who are on record as supporting medical marijuana and opposing the arrest of patients who use medical marijuana.
[Your Comments Here]
I urge you to support the Hinchey amendment. Your vote of support will benefit tens of thousands of patients, and I will be immensely grateful. Thank you.
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