As politicians fret about the political risks of health care reform instead of fixing our broken system, people are dying.
And last week, that reality hit home. Melanie Shouse, a MoveOn Council leader in St. Louis, passed away from breast cancer while still fighting her insurance company for chemotherapy coverage.
There is a serious cost to inaction on health care—people's lives. It's time to remind Washington that delay has real consequences for real people.
Can you send a message to Congress today? Tell them you're standing with Melanie: It's time for Washington to put real people ahead of political calculations.
Melanie was a true fighter. Even after her treatments began, she came to every single MoveOn health care rally, working steadfastly to help fix a system that, as she put it, leaves "millions of us in a state of perpetual fear and insecurity."1
Now it's up to us to continue the fight. Big Insurance and other opponents have spent millions this past year to stop real reform2—and they're not going to let up. So we've got to remind Congress that what voters want, and need, is for them to finish comprehensive reform, now.
Can you send a message to Congress today? Tell them that you stand with Melanie, and the thousands like her, who simply cannot wait for real reform any longer. It's time they finish health care—too many real people are suffering with each delay. Get started by clicking the link below:
Thank you for all you do.
–Kat, Michael, Eli, Ilyse, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama says he won't give up on Melanie Shouse's dream of health care reform," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 6, 2010
2. "Health Insurance Industry Contributed Millions To Covert Anti-Reform Ad Campaign," Think Progress, January 12, 2010
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