Urgent: Massachusetts Health Care Forum Feb. 25

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A study released this week by Public Citizen and Physicians for a National Health Program shows that many in Massachusetts remain uninsured, and the cost of the reform has skyrocketed. What's more, many low-income residents, who used to receive completely free care, now face co-payments, premiums and deductibles. These financial burdens prevent many from receiving necessary medical treatment.

Many in Congress consider Massachusetts a model for the rest of the country. But it is not. It is crucial that we learn from the failings of the Massachusetts model as we move forward with national health care reform.

Public Citizen is working with the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care to host a congressional forum on this issue next Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. We are inviting lawmakers to attend the forum, listen to witness testimony and ask questions of a panel of experts.

Please call your representatives today and urge them to attend this forum. This is a rare opportunity for them to hear from physicians, nurses, patients, labor leaders, insurance brokers and state legislators who are living with the impact of Massachusetts health care reform every day.

Tell your lawmakers to represent you and all citizens who need and deserve a better health care system.
Find your representatives here, or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Here is an
announcement about the forum and a letter that you can send to your representative.

We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past - too much is at stake. Call your representatives today.