1. Be sure to write via snail mail, no email, send it to them with a stamp on a dead tree!
2. House members can be addressed by name at:
House Office Building
Washington DC, 20515
Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
You don’t need their room or anything.
Please put your feelings about health care reform into your own words.
4. Here are some talking points for your consideration in drafting the letter. I do not want to include a text because it will be discounted if all the letters are the same:
a. Oppose the $400 billion cut in Medicare.
b.. Oppose ending the Medicare Advantage program that helps offer low cost supplemental coverage to the elderly for hearing aids, eyeglasses, and a variety of benefits not covered by Medicare. Now the only way to supplement Medicare will be Medigap coverage, largely offered by the AARP that is both more expensive and less comprehensive.
c. The fine of $1,000 on the uninsured will not induce them to get coverage. To be covered, they would have to pay between 8 and 12 percent of their income before they get any subsidy. How would a $1,000 fine induce them to pay that much to get coverage?
d. The program will raise insurance premiums by $1,700 per family per year.
e. The bill provides for a 40% tax on health insurance premiums.
f. Medical devices like pacemakers, heart valves, artificial limbs, replacement hips and knees will all be taxed.
g. Taxes on those who have to pay 7 1/2 percent of their income in medical costs will no longer be able to deduct their premiums unless their payments reach 10% of their income…a tax on sick people!
Please include some or all of these points and mix up the order so the letters don’t read alike!
And please get all your friends to write too!!!!!