Stop Big Pharma and Insurance From Killing the Public Option in Health Care Bill

Mendocino County

June 7, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

[After reading Robert Reich’s blog, I just sent this to my congressional respresentative Mike Thompson -JS]

Dear Congressman Thompson:

I am writing to urge you to support a real public option in the emerging health care bill. Big Pharma is trying very hard to make any public option meaningless as I learned from Robert Reich in his blog→.

My first choice would be single payer health care, but that appears to be off the table. To have any meaningful reform there must be a public option. As a member of Congress you are already a beneficiary. Every American should have the same opportunity.

I urge you to press as hard as you possibly can for a public option without conditions or triggers — one that gives the public insurer bargaining leverage over drug companies, and pushes insurers to do what they’ve promised to do.

Your constituent,

Janie Sheppard

In the “Frontline” documentary “What It’s Like To Be Sick Around the World,” the award-winning correspondent shows why the health care system in the United States lags far behind other major democracies. To watch the PBS program, click here→.