A Gallup poll found that Americans across the political spectrum question about Obama’s plan.
During my visit to my dearest friend who’s now a resident at the Avante Rehab Center in Leesburg, Fla., I had an opportunity to chat with some of the staff about healthcare reform. For seniors, the big questions are whether reform will lead to the loss of physician choice, rationed care and euthanasia.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus has sent a letter to President outlining its hopes for healthcare reform:
A strong public health option that will allow the nation’s more than 46 million uninsured Americans – more than half of whom are people of color – to finally have access to affordable, meaningful health care coverage no later than 2013. As you know and we have firmly noted throughout the health care reform debate, a robust public option not only will play a pivotal role in our collective efforts to eliminate uninsurance – a public health challenge that detrimentally affects millions of hardworking, innocent Americans – but also in our efforts to ensure that every American citizen, regardless of race, ethnicity, geography or gender, has affordable access to meaningful, reliable health care treatments and services when needed. Thus, we firmly believe that the extraordinary benefits of a robust public option to the health and strength of this nation should, and do, outweigh the immediate, upfront costs associated with creating it.
The CBC also wants Obama to address racial disparities in access to care:
A strong and demonstrative commitment from the White House to, in the days and weeks to come, use health care reform to achieve health equity. This will include not only ensuring the passage of existing health disparity elimination provisions – such as those around data collection, workforce diversity and community health workers – but also supporting stronger provisions, such as those included in Titles I, II, III and IV of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2009 (H.R. 3090). These measures are necessary to address the root causes of the health inequities that disproportionately and detrimentally affect racial and ethnic minorities, women, rural Americans and Americans within the U.S. Territories. These provisions are integral to efforts to ensure that as health care reform proceeds, we succeed in closing the gaps in health care that are independent of an insurance coverage, but that millions of Americans fall through and suffer from every day.
The complete letter is available here.
The CBC, Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and other African American leaders will hold a news conference today at 11:00 a.m., to discuss “maintaining key priorities in America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.” The event will be held in Room H-137 in the Capitol.
For more info, call (202) 226-9776.