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Thursday, December 18, 2008

To Your Health!

From Jan. 14-March 3, a total of 26,419 people responded to a health care survey sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Working America. Of these, ninety-five percent say they are somewhat or very concerned about being able to afford health insurance in the coming years. More than half say their health insurance does not cover all the care they need at a price they can afford. Many contributed personal stories, such as this one:

A friend of my 24 year old son died recently...a big strong normally healthy young man who did not have health insurance. He became sick with what he thought was a flu, or bad cold, had to continue to work because needed the money to pay living expenses, unable to pay for a doctor, tests, ER visit or prescriptions. Went home from work terribly congested and fell asleep. Never woke up. His lungs filled up with fluid and he died. Let me say that one more time, at 21 he died for lack of medical care in the richest country in the world.

Does your family struggle to obtain the health care you need? Do you own a small business or carry your own health insurance? Do you wish "somebody up the chain" was listening to your concerns?

Somebody is, now.

Join us Friday night (tomorrow) for a round table discussion about what we want to see for the future of health care in America. All across America this month, President-elect Barack Obama has asked small groups to meet and brainstorm solutions to be forwarded to his transition team. Health care is a top priority for Obama and for Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary-designate for Health and Human Services (HHS). They both are committed to health care reform that comes from the ground up -- that's why this holiday season, we're asking you to give us the gift of your ideas and input.

We'll be meeting at 7 p.m. at Elmer's on South Hosmer. There is no cost or obligation, although you may choose to order from the restaurant's menu. Discussion materials and agenda will be emailed in advance to participants, so it's important to RSVP! Call Steve at 253-861-9182.

Wishing us all a happy and healthy 2009!



JosephMcG said...

Thanks, Cheryl.

Vidya said...

Great job Cheryl! You're the greatest.

Lorraine Hart said...

I don't suppose you'd be postponing this until some better travel weather, would you?