To the Editor:
I am writing to urge the public to contact their U.S. senators and the Senate leadership to demand public discussion on health-care legislation. The Senate has discussed legislation for a Senate version of the AHCA in a committee of 13 members. The legislation that was developed, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was released for discussion June 22.
Health care is an issue that affects the lives of all Americans and constitutes one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Access to affordable health care is not just an economic matter, but a social issue, as well. There is clear evidence to show access to health care and the quality of that health care has a long-term effect on how well people are able to participate in the American socio-economic system; the professional goals available to them; their access to safe, affordable housing; and the educational opportunities available to them.
Before our federal legislators can make a fair and effective law that outlines the guarantees, funding and delivery of health care in the U.S., it is important that we hold public hearings. All groups recognized as experts in health care policy should be heard by Congress, and it is important the public is able to weigh in on this.
The contact information for Sen. Dick Durbin is 202-224-2152. The contact information for Sen. Tammy Duckworth is 202-224-2854. You can contact the Senate leadership by calling 202-224-2541.