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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
[YOUR PHONE NUMBER]
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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