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The local Organizing for America (OFA) grassroots citizens' group met on June 27, the day that President Obama declared as National Health Care Public Service Day. We talked about what we can do as individuals to support inclusion of a public health insurance option in the health care reform legislation currently under consideration in Washington D.C.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the "only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage."
We all applauded the excellent My Turn article written by local, first-year medical student Natalie Hale, which was published in the Juneau Empire on June 26. She urged everyone to get involved in grassroots efforts to support meaningful health care reform legislation. She noted it was of critical economic, as well as health care importance to both individuals and businesses, that health reform legislation including a public option and tighter regulation on the insurance industry is passed this year. She also reminded us of the power we all have when we write our Senators and Congressmen to express our opinions.
Juneau residents should know that we have a local group that is part of the national Organizing for America grassroots effort, working to make certain that we have meaningful health care reform this year. This group can be contacted by e-mail at JuneauOFA@gmail.com. OFA operates under the premise that we have real power as citizens to bring about change in Washington.
"I am asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington. . . I'm asking you to believe in yours," President Barack Obama has said.
On Thursday, July 2, Juneau residents can personally tell Sen. Mark Begich how important health care reform is to us. OFA strongly encourages attendance at Sen. Begich's question and answer session on health care reform from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Aldersgate Methodist Church on Cinema Drive. None of us can afford to stay silent on this issue.