Leading Health Care Group Pushes Congress To Pass Comprehensive Health Care Reform

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Health Care for America Now is putting its money where its mouth is. Last week, the nation’s largest reform campaign put itself on the side of major labor organizations, and leading members of Congress, saying the way out of the Democrats’ health care conundrum is for the House to pass the Senate’s legislation, and then pair it with a separate package amending key financing and structural aspects of the bill. This week, they’re stepping up their efforts to make sure that happens.

The group has launched a new website to help supporters contact their members of Congress to deliver the following message. “I need quality, affordable health care, not politics. This is about health care for everyone, not a special election in Massachusetts.”

I need Congress to move forward and pass the health care reform Americans were promised in 2008. Not scaled back reform, real health care reform.

America needs Congress to finish reform right by making health care affordable to everyone, in and out of work, and holding insurance companies accountable.

I voted for change! It is critical Senator __________________ follows through with real reform!

“The major elements of reform that Americans want and deserve – bans on pre-existing condition exclusions, freedom from medical bankruptcy, the peace of mind of knowing that they will be able to have affordable coverage even if they lose their job – cannot be done with so-called “incremental” reform,” reads a statement from HCAN’s campaign director Richard Kirsch. “Passing comprehensive reform remains the best policy and the best politics, delivering on the President’s promise to build a new foundation for our nation. For health care, that means ending the status quo that leaves our families with health coverage they can’t afford and at the mercy of the insurance industry.”

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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