Bridging the Gap on Health Care

This is important:

From SEIU’s Fight For The Future Blog:

Bridging the Gap on Health Care

Before you finish reading this blog post, five more people will have lost their health care coverage. Nationwide, 44 million people have no health insurance, and 80 percent of those without coverage come from working families.

Under President Bush, 4 million more Americans lost their coverage, average health care costs have gone up nearly 50 percent, and premiums have gone up more than three times faster than average wages.

For many, these statistics are appalling, but not surprising, because we have seen our friends and family struggle with too little health care. We understand their fear of losing it altogether. Or we ourselves have fought for better coverage at the bargaining table, or have had to walk the picket line for it.

But the bottom line is nobody should have to choose between paying the bills and getting prescription drugs. And nobody should have to forgo treatment because they won’t be able to put food on the table.

It’s a national problem. We need a national solution.

It’s going to take a national action to help achieve it.

[. . .] On Saturday, June 19th, tens of thousands of people — those who have health insurance and those who don’t, those who fear losing coverage and those who have too little — will join together across the country to bridge the gap in health care.

From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge, I’m asking you to be a part of a national action to call for quality, affordable, health care for all!

The national Day of Action is sponsored by Rock the Vote, Jobs with Justice, and SEIU’s own Americans for Health Care. Each of us has an important role to play — Let’s build a movement and bridge the gap.

To find an event near you, or to start your own event, go to:

June 19 is next Saturday.