The Huffington Post: A Solution to Our Health Care Crisis

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Headline:A Solution to Our Health Care Crisis

Date: July 23, 2009

Source: The Huffington Post

Excerpt: In San Francisco, we decided to treat this crisis. Two years ago, we launched the country’s first universal health care program, Healthy San Francisco. Today, almost 75% of previously uninsured residents are enrolled in our “public option” program. 44,249 people, at last count are now covered by our public plan.”

“A public plan can work. San Francisco is proving it. We should not be scared by TV ads funded by insurance companies and brash statements from politicians. This is about the health of our country. This is a crisis, but there is a solution.”

“We do not have time to stand on the side lines. We can — and must — act now. Call your representative. Email them. Sign our petition and show your support for President Obama’s plan to reform our national health care system. Tell them this is not a game. This is about our families, our friends and our neighbors.”

Author: Gavin Newsome, Mayor of San Francisco

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Politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle are trying to make national health care reform into a game. One senator even said that defeating health care reform is about “breaking” President Obama.

It is not about “breaking” our president. Reforming our national health care system is about fixing our economy by creating competition to lower health care costs and improve care.”

“Health care reform is about the estimated 47 million Americans that do not have health insurance. Nearly five million people have lost their insurance since September 2008. 14,000 more are losing coverage every day — and the situation is only getting worse.”

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