For Immediate Release
Larry McNeely 202-546-9707 x303
Americans to Congress: Reform Health Care Now!
WASHINGTON - Today, Congress will be gaveled back into session with leadership
promising to deliver health care reform. “It’s time for our
representatives to finish the job,” said Health Care Advocate Larry McNeely of U.S. PIRG, a consumer group that has been building grassroots support for reform.
As this Congressional session progresses, organizers from U.S. PIRG
and its affiliates nationwide will be delivering pro-reform postcards
from thousands of Americans to Members of Congress.
McNeely indicated that the postcards are intended to spur Congress to action.
“Every day Congress delays, more Americans are denied care by their
insurance company, more families fall into financial ruin because of an
uncovered hospital bill, and with the economy struggling to pull out of
the recession, another 14,000 Americans will lose their coverage every
Last week, President Obama’s White House promised to seize the reins
of the debate and is preparing a prime-time address to a rare joint
session of Congress tomorrow intended to move the debate forward.
According to McNeely, the progress could not come soon enough.
“Congress must act now to finish a bill, starting with the Senate
Finance Committee. American consumers are tired of waiting.”
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U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.