Please write to HealthReform@finance.senate.gov to tell these senators that the American Public deserves better.
Here is the email I sent this morning:
To whom it may concern:
I am a physician who cares for patients in all economic strata, including the uninsured. I have been in practice long enough to have seen what happened to health care in the Reagan era. The inequalities that exist between identical patients simply because of their access to health insurance is, to me, unacceptable, even today. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a major step forward in improving the inequalities and the inability of some people to obtain healthcare.
The barely spoken of process of the House of Representatives, and now, apparently, of the Senate, to reduce access by reducing the number of people eligible for Medicaid, and by potentially removing Medicaid subsidies, is not acceptable. To attempt to pass a bill without public debate, without cost accounting by the CBO, and against the expressed wishes of a majority of Americans and a very large number of professional health organizations is outrageous.
I urge you to debate the issue openly and seriously. Do not let America fall further among nations in the way in which it provides health care for its citizens.
Michael D. Lockshin, MD, MACR
Director, Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medicine