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Don’t Enshrine Discrimination in Health Care Reform!

By July 9, 2009 No Comments

From the Center for Community Change

This year is our best chance to pass real health care reform!

On June 25, thousands of people traveled to Washington, DC to speak with their elected officials about REAL health care reform.  And, President Obama recently affirmed his committment for inclusion of a public health insurance option that will drive down costs, keep private insurers honest, and provide quality, affordable health care to everyone.

This is all good news, but we can do better.

The simple fact is that all of the options on the table for health care reform EXCLUDE immigrants, not just those that are undocumented but also those that have been legal residents for less than five years.

Right now, we need to pressure the Senate to make sure that immigrants are included in health care reform.

At the Republican National Convention in 2008, John McCain said:
In this country, we believe everyone has something to contribute and deserves the opportunity to reach their God-given potential, from the boy whose descendents arrived on the Mayflower to the Latina daughter of migrant workers. We’re all God’s children, and we’re all Americans.

Call Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today and tell him to live up to his words and make sure that all immigrants are included in health care reform.
(202) 224-2235

There is no reasonable basis for excluding immigrants from access to health care.  Check out Deepak Bhargava’s article in the Huffington Post [featuring a Korean American community member of Korean Resource Center, a NAKASEC affiliate] on why leaving immigrants out of health care hurts all of us.

Let’s raise the bar on health care and fight for immigrant inclusion in reform.

Call Sen. John McCain today at (202) 224-2235 and tell him to fight for immigrant inclusion in health care reform.