Hey Y’all,

These are the letters I sent.  The first is to my personal reps in House and Senate, plus Obama (who are all pro) and the second is for the Senate reps who oppose.  Obviously, part of my letter is specific to my situation, but feel free to use me as an example if you want, or leave that part out.  Anything specific to me is in between [brackets] so look out for those.  It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s to the point.

The senate makes it super easy to contact all 100 of them, but the House is trickier- if you don’t know who your house rep is because the districts are bananas, you can go here:

http://www.house.gov/ on the top left is a little box to enter your zip, and lo to your House rep’s page you go.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

this generally brings you right to their “contact me” page.

Also, supporting Obama can’t hurt:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Letter#1:

Dear Representative [Maloney]:

I am a member of your constituency, District [14 in NYC].  I am writing to ask for your support in both passing the current health care reform legislation, as well as dispelling the myths and misinformation surrounding the proposed bill.

This issue is the single most important crisis facing our nation at the moment and the number of citizens who have been misled about “death panels” and anti-HMO lobbies with deep pockets is disheartening and alarming.  We need to inform the public about what is really at stake hear and how reform is not socialist nor controlling, rather in the best interest of all Americans, healthy or sick.

[When I was 14 years old, I was hit by a van while crossing the street.  I was in the crosswalk, and had the green light.  My femur was broken and I sustained a small amount of brain damage.  You cannot find a greater case of an accident where the “victim” is absolutely not at fault.  Because I live in NYC, No Fault covered my health care costs while I recovered, for which I am grateful because my mother, single and working to raise three kids on a secretary’s salary could barely afford our mortgage and basic expenses.

I recovered, but have life long injuries that will continue to manifest themselves no matter how well I treat my body.] Through no fault of my own, and no matter how much I invest in my insurance, I have to pay out of pocket for any “pre-existing” conditions.  Or, my choice is to mislead my physicians into believing that the injuries are spontaneous, which does not allow them to correctly investigate, diagnose, or treat my situation.  It’s unconscionable that one’s choice is either to receive what may be incorrect, inadequate care which requires expensive testing to discover information that a patient may already be able to provide.  The alternative is to commit insurance fraud, which is not only illegal, but immoral- which of these is the lesser evil?

And I am one of the lucky ones.  I have been fortunate enough to find myself at a level in my career where I earn  a stable, good income.  I have insurance.  There are many Americans who are currently out of work and cannot afford COBRA payments, which are often higher than Unemployment allowances.  Even those that have COBRA can have hundreds of dollars in co-pays a month or a week, pushing them into debt.  How can we be forced to chose between or taking care of our health or our credit?  The situation is untenable and will take years to dig out if, if at all possible for the average American.

The amount of stress this adds to being unemployed is indescribable.  The credit crisis we have just faced will look like nothing compared to what will come when well-paid, responsible, careful citizens are forced into bankruptcy by outrageous medical costs.

I am interested in all issues- domestic, foreign, social, economic, but I consider this to be the single most important crisis facing our country.  Competent, skilled workers are looking for work in other countries, including China, to find a better quality of life.  I cannot believe that our country has fallen so far as to be losing its best commodity- its citizens, and that much of the public has somehow gotten the message backwards.

Please let me know how I can aid you in getting this legislation passed.

Many thanks and best of luck in this work,

Donna M Bruschi

AND

Letter #2:

Dear Senator XXX,

I am not one of your home constituents, but clearly your voice is very important in an issue which affects all Americans.  I’m writing to ask you to reconsider your opinion on Obama’s health care reform legislation, or at least, lead the responsible opposition based on merit instead of scare tactics.

I am a hard-working, tax paying American.  I have always paid into health insurance and do not begrudge my taxes an ounce- I have been to places like DenmarkSpain and Switzerland where public health care and good social programs have made the quality of life excellent.  The stress levels there are so much lower and I believe this is due to their not having to worry about breaking an arm or a leg or god forbid, the manifestation of a chronic illness, ending their security and taking away all that they’ve worked for.

[When I was 14 years old, I was hit by a van while crossing the street.  I was in the crosswalk, and had the green light.  My femur was broken and I sustained a small amount of brain damage.  You cannot find a greater case of an accident where the “victim” is absolutely not at fault.  Because I live in NYC, No Fault covered my health care costs while I recovered, for which I am grateful because my mother, single and working to raise three kids on a secretary’s salary could barely afford our mortgage and basic expenses.

I recovered, but have life long injuries that will continue to manifest themselves no matter how well I treat my body.] Through no fault of my own, and no matter how much I invest in my insurance, I have to pay out of pocket for any “pre-existing” conditions.  Or, my choice is to mislead my physicians into believing that the injuries are spontaneous, which does not allow them to correctly investigate, diagnose, or treat my situation.  It’s unconscionable that one’s choice is either to receive what may be incorrect, inadequate care which requires expensive testing to discover information that a patient may already be able to provide.  The alternative is to commit insurance fraud, which is not only illegal, but immoral- which of these is the lesser evil?

And I am one of the lucky ones.  I have been fortunate enough to find myself at a level in my career where I earn  a stable, good income.  I have insurance.  There are many Americans who are currently out of work and cannot afford COBRA payments, which are often higher than Unemployment allowances.  Even those that have COBRA can have hundreds of dollars in co-pays a month or a week, pushing them into debt.  How can we be forced to chose between or taking care of our health or our credit?  The situation is untenable and will take years to dig out if, if at all possible for the average American.

The amount of stress this adds to being unemployed is indescribable.  The credit crisis we have just faced will look like nothing compared to what will come when well-paid, responsible, careful citizens are forced into bankruptcy by outrageous medical costs.

I am interested in all issues- domestic, foreign, social, economic, but I consider this to be the single most important crisis facing our country.  Competent, skilled workers are looking for work in other countries, including China, to find a better quality of life.  I cannot believe that our country has fallen so far as to be losing its best commodity and that much of the public has somehow gotten the message backwards.

I thank you for your time and attention.

Many thanks and best regards,

Donna M Bruschi.

2 Responses to “Health Care Reform Letters”


  1. 2 Miriam 30 May, 2010 at 09:21

    pressrow is the name.
    +1


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