Health Reform Alert!
MTA members need to take action NOW to ensure that the U.S. House of Representatives passes health care reform legislation.
A vote is expected this weekend, so immediate action is vital.
Please visit http://www.capwiz.com/nea/issues/alert/?alertid=14803391&type=CO to send a message to your member of Congress.
It is especially important that constituents contact U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston), who has said he will vote against this vital piece of legislation, and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), who has not committed to voting for the legislation.
You can use the link above to send an e-mail or call the congressmen at their Boston or Washington offices.
Congressman Stephen Lynch: 617-428-2000 (Boston); 202-225-8273 (Washington).
Congressman Michael Capuano: 617-621-6208 (Boston); 202-225-5111 (Washington).
Why Health Insurance Reform is Important
- The bill under consideration goes a long way toward giving quality, affordable health care to more than 30 million Americans in this country – many of whom are children.
- Health care is an education issue. NEA’s 3.2 million members educate our nation’s children. Students who come to school healthy and ready to learn will one day be prepared to be contributing members to the well-being and prosperity of our nation and the world.
- We cannot close the achievement gaps when so many of our student’s families don’t have job security, health care coverage, or access to living wages and benefits.
- Studies show that poor children (children below the poverty line and likely without health care coverage) are more likely to suffer from a wide array of chronic health problems, such as asthma and digestive disorders, that affect school readiness in many ways.
The AFL-CIO notes that the bill would:
- Immediately stop the worst greed-driven insurance company abuses — such as denying care because of pre-existing conditions.
- Toughen penalties on employers that try to run from their responsibilities.
- Get life-saving health coverage to 30 million more people.
Tell Congress to finish the job and deliver a health reform bill that meets the needs of America’s families.