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Press release template draft to be ripped apart (Healthcare House Party Corrente Style)

Revise, replace, rewrite, do your on as you see fit---okay, just fix it. It sucks. trying to get a one-pager that cracks the whip a little. Our goal is to get press to the house party and to write a story about how single payer/healthcare for all/whatever you want to call it is a real solution and not some half-assed attempt.

(I am pleased with the last quote, I will say.)

Edited based on comments...

Don't stop now.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR PHONE NUMBER]
[YOUR EMAIL]

Headline: Locals Agree with Obama: Healthcare Is A Right

[City,] [State,] [Date]—: Taking to heart President-Elect Obama’s desire for a Healthcare Community Discussion, [HOST NAME] will host a healthcare house party [DATE AND TIME OF EVENT] at [LOCATION]. Friends, neighbors, and other concerned citizens will gather to discuss healthcare and will forward their suggestions and ideas to our new president.

[NEED A QUOTE FROM DASCHLE OR OBAMA. Something really yummy would be good here. Does someone have more from Pres.-Elect Obama on this? Something snappy that supports single payer? I tried to look, but I got too mad.]]

Using the Participant and Moderator Guides available from www.change.gov, people concerned about every citizen’s need to access healthcare will discuss healthcare options. “But we’re not limited to the single option offered by HHS Secretary-designate Daschle offers,” [YOUR LAST NAME] continues, “The answer to spiraling healthcare costs and personal bankruptcies due to medical bills isn’t more insurance; it’s single payer. Single payer allows all of us---rich and poor, young and old, across red states and blue states---to access the healthcare we need without any of us going bankrupt. We can save the country $___ billion dollars a year. And ____ lives. We can't afford not to have single payer!'” [Anyone have these numbers?]

According to Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org), a single-payer system would collect all healthcare fees and pay out all healthcare costs. Currently, thousands of different health care organizations generate an enormous amount of administrative waste. With single payer, hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers would bill one entity for their services, reducing administrative waste greatly and saving money. All Americans receive comprehensive medical benefits and coverage would include all medically necessary services, including rehabilitative, long-term, and home care; mental health care, prescription drugs, and medical supplies; and preventive and public health measures.

Under our current health insurance system and in these economic times, the financial strain on individuals, families, and businesses to manage medical costs is only going to get more difficult. Christopher Robertson of Harvard Law School wrote in “Get Sick, Get Out: The Medical Causes of Home Foreclosures,” (http://works.bepress.com/christopher_rob...), “[W]e find that half of all foreclosures have medical causes, and we estimate that medical crises put 1.5 million Americans in jeopardy of losing their homes.”

Because single payer bases care on need and not on ability to pay, Americans wouldn’t need to worry about paying enormous medical bills while getting treated or helping a family member deal with a medical emergency or chronic condition. “With single payer, medical care, common sense, and good business practices combine,” says [YOUR LAST NAME], “And that is a uniquely American solution.”

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vastleft's picture
Submitted by vastleft on

Dear MoveOn member,
Hundreds of thousands of us nominated and voted, and now the results are in—we know where to focus MoveOn's efforts for the next year.
We asked you to vote for your three top goals, but after looking at the results, it's clear that four rose above and beyond the rest.
Here's how it worked out, in descending order:
1. Universal Health Care
2. Economic Recovery and Job Creation
3. Build a Green Economy and Stop Climate Change
4. End the War in Iraq

No doubt, those who voted for #1 meant UHC of a kind that caters to the interests of health-insurance robber barons. That's the pragmatic way!

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Submitted by vastleft on

To pervert the Obama-Daschle agenda into something progressive, and which might be mean to the good folks who trade in death-by-spreadsheet.

How will you sleep at night?

Submitted by ohio on

Wouldn't you like to know?

And thanks for calling me sneaky and perverted. You say the sweetest things.

Submitted by ohio on

as in, "Who would Jesus bill?"

See, this century all the important questions are going to be Jesus-y. At least, that's what I read on the internets somewheres.

Submitted by lambert on

1. the new president -> our new president [dig we must]

2. ny of us going bankrupt.” ADD -- and save the country $___ billion dollars a year. And ____ lives. We can't afford not to have single payer!'

3. Because care is based on need and not on ability to pay in single payer ->

Because single payer bases care on...

4. Maybe mention factoid that all the money we spend to deny care would pay for the care we deny!

Damn good!

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Submitted by tnjen on

"Because single payer bases care on need and not on ability to pay, Americans wouldn’t need to worry about paying enormous medical bills while getting treated..."

TO something like:

Single payer insurance is the most cost effective health care option to date and focuses on patients' medical needs rather than which insurance or credit card you carry. Under such a plan, Americans would no longer have to worry about racking up enormous medical bills while being treated.

**I think a change along these lines is important because that particular construction "single payer bases care on need and not ability to pay" evokes welfare rather than patient need. It could be taken to read that the neediest or "poorest" get taken care of first instead of "your treatment comes first."

AND:

"...or helping a family member deal with a medical emergency or chronic condition. "

TO something like:

With single payer, helping a family member deal with a medical emergency or chronic condition means helping care for your loved one's physical and emotional health. Hours wasted finding their HMO's pre-approved provider, fighting to get life-saving treatments approved, and figuring out which medications their discounts and co-pays are limited to, along with many other bureaucratic headaches that get in the way of health and healing would become a thing of the past.

And double-check my grammar. :D

Submitted by ohio on

This really needs to be a one-pager to raise the chances of it getting attention.

But how about:

from

"According to Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org), a single payer system would collect all healthcare fees and pay out all healthcare costs."

to:

"According to Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org), single payer national health insurance would collect all healthcare fees and pay out all healthcare costs..."

That way we're identifiying the "health insurance" part of single payer, but then reinforcing its difference with other insurance schemes by refering to it as "single payer."

Thanks for input.

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Submitted by tnjen on

Single payer insurance or system needs to mentioned before dropping to just single payer.