Columnist Froma Harrop presents a great case for a single-payer health care plan. (“The advantage of Medicare Advantage for All,” in the May 19 Herald).
This is at the opposite end of the spectrum from what recently passed in the House and threatens millions of Americans with loss of their health care. This happens by cutting Medicaid, which nearly half of our state’s children depend on. The bill also manages to fund a major tax cut for the rich at the expense of the rest of us. The House bill is now in the Senate, where thirteen members of the majority party are rewriting this bill.
This is the time to speak up for an affordable health care plan for all Americans. Call, write, or visit Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell; they favor a plan that does give affordable health care to all Americans. Thank them for their work and tell them your story of why this matters. Then, ask you friends to do the same. Especially if they live in the states that have the senators responsible for writing this bill: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Co.), Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. Robert Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
It will be our voices across America that will help craft this health care plan. Isn’t that worth picking up a phone or a pen?