As a doctor, I see the urgent need for health care reform—and especially, a strong public health insurance option.
My patients are being forced to choose between paying their health insurance or their rent, between buying medicine they need or keeping their kids in college.
A public health insurance option could change that by giving Americans the choice of keeping their current insurance or switching to a new public plan that could bring down costs and cover everyone.
I can't stand by while patients suffer under a broken system, especially when change is possible. A key Senate committee could unveil its proposal this week—and we need it to be as strong as possible.
So I'm asking you to call Congress with me today. Just tell your senators: "I support the public health insurance option.
Here's where to call:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Charles Schumer
Our goal is 10,000 calls from MoveOn members today. Click here after you call so MoveOn can track the calls.
The public health insurance option is real possibility. It's gaining support in Congress, and is backed by the president and a majority of Americans.
If enacted, the plan would:
- Create a new, high-quality public health insurance option that could save us lot of money off our private premiums. And we'd still get to keep our doctors.
- Help those who keep their private plan save too! If consumers are able to choose, the for-profit insurers will have to offer higher quality care for lower prices to compete.
- Provide all of us with the security we need. The public health insurance option will always be there for Americans who lose their insurance, or just don't have any.
But attack groups are working hard to stop it. They've already launched an all-out campaign to scare elected officials and the public out of supporting the public health insurance option. They want to stop health reform. Again.
We can't let them succeed. For my patients, the stakes are too high. Please call today.
Thanks for all you do.
–Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, MoveOn member
P.S. I'm part of an incredible new movement called "Doctors for America", made up of more than 12,000 physicians and medical students working for real health care reform. To find out more (or, if you're a doctor or medical student, to join us) click here:
1, 2, 3. "The Case for Public Plan Choice in National Health Reform," Institute for America's Future
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