PAGE Act Now: Letter to the Editor

Action taken from Progressive Action Global Exchange

Write a letter to your local/hometown paper, urging your Senators to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Based on input from PAGE members, we’ve developed a draft letter that you can adapt! The GOP continues to try to ram their travesty of a health care bill through Congress.

If you’re a US-American abroad living in a country where people like to take care of each other, and where there is universal health coverage, you have a unique and important perspective to contribute. Take some time in the next couple days to write a letter to the editor of your local hometown paper.

Try to get to this quickly, as the vote will probably happen soon. Let us know if you get published!

Once you write to your editor, tell you friends about your letter, and encourage them to write too.

Progressive Action, Global Exchange:
Sample Letter to the Editor supporting Single-Payer Healthcare, for US-Americans Abroad

Are you a US-American abroad, concerned about the GOP’s efforts to dismantle our health care system and take health care away from millions ? Adapt the below letter and write to a local newspaper in your hometown, and urging your Senator to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and work towards universal healthcare for all. If you can, include details about how you have seen universal health care work well in another country. And don’t forget to call out your Senators and tell them how to vote!

The ongoing debate about the GOP health care bill is an opportunity to have a conversation about what is needed to improve America’s health care system. In my experience, as an American living abroad in _______, the best and most effective way to ensure that everyone can afford health care is to have a government sponsored “single-payer” system.

A common argument against a single payer system is that it costs too much. In fact, universal health care would actually reduce costs. With private insurance, about 15% of fees go to administration fees, which are only 2% of fees under Medicare. The government would be able to negotiate better rates with service providers: a coronary bypass costs $73,000 in the U.S. compared to $23,000 in France. And with access to quality care, people are more likely to seek preventative care, rather than going for expensive visits to the emergency room.

Living in ______ the past year has shown me how much better and cheaper health care can be. The USA spends the most on health care per person of any country, and it’s not even close. We spend nearly $10,000 per person per year, almost two times what Germany does. But we get worse care in return. A 2014 study by the Commonwealth Fund found that the US was last out of 11 developed countries in terms of quality, access, efficiency, equity, and healthy lives.

Before I left the U.S., I had health insurance under the market exchange of the Affordable Care Act, but the deductible was so high that I couldn’t afford to use it.

The GOP’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is motivated purely by a desire to give tax cuts to wealthy Americans. It fixes none of the problems with the ACA. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 22 million people will lose their health insurance under the Better Care Reconciliation Act. If you’re disgusted by that, then you should be equally as dismayed by the 28 million people who don’t have health insurance today. And the millions more who are underinsured and can’t afford to use their insurance.

Medicaid and Medicare are among the most popular programs in the country. We should extend health care rights to everyone by enacting Medicare for All.

I urge Senators _____ and _____ to take a strong stance against the Better Care Reconciliation Act and to support legislation that would extend healthcare to all Americans.

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