Make Health Reform Top Domestic Priority

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As your voice for nursing in Washington, ANA is collaborating with several key coalition groups who are seeking the same goal of guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care for all. One of these groups, coordinated by the influential FamiliesUSA, is investing six million dollars over the summer months in an advocacy campaign to get the message to Congress and presidential candidates that comprehensive health reform must be the top domestic priority in 2009. This coalition has recently urged just such action of members of the Senate

Finance Committee, who will be sponsoring an educational summit on health system reform for other Members of Congress and the media on Monday, June 16th. ANA was among the prominent “anchor” groups commending Senate Finance members for initiating the Summit, and encouraging them to make health reform a top priority when the new Congress begins in January, 2009. A similar letter urging top priority for comprehensive health reform was sent to the top three (at the time) candidates for President of the US.

These important communications to Washington’s decision-makers are just one part of ANA’s multi-track strategic plan to pursue comprehensive health reform in the next Congress. ANA continues to be committed to making health reform among its top priorities, as called for by the 2005 ANA House of Delegates.

Members, Committee on Finance
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators:

Families across the United States are increasingly anxious about their access to high-quality, affordable health care, as you no doubt understand from speaking with your constituents.

Health care premiums are rising much faster than wages, and everyone is feeling the effects: Businesses that offer health insurance see it in their bottom lines, and family budgets are strained by rising out-of-pocket costs. For the small businesses and individuals who do not have coverage, the possibilities of obtaining coverage grow ever dimmer.

The recent downturn in the economy has compounded these problems. Chief among the worries that people express about their family’s economic security is the fear of not being able to take their child to the doctor or get the medications they need to stay healthy and take care of their loved ones.

We, therefore, urge you to make comprehensive health reform the earliest and top domestic priority for the 111th Congress. We ask you this on behalf of our nation’s children, seniors, people with disabilities, and all families. We applaud you for addressing this issue at the June 16 Health Reform Summit. And we ask you to continue to make this commitment clear as you finish your work in the 110th Congress.


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Diabetes Association
American Medical Association
American Nurses Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
Ascension Health
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Catholic Health Association of the United States
Catholic Health Initiatives
Child Welfare League of America
Children’s Dental Health Project
Community Catalyst
Easter Seals
Families USA
Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health
Mental Health America
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Association of Community Health Centers
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of Social Workers
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Council on Independent Living
National Medical Association
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Respite Coalition
National Women’s Law Center
NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
OMB Watch
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
United Auto Workers
Voice of the Retarded
Women of Reform Judaism