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More Security and Stability

If You Have Health Insurance, the Obama Plan:

* Ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

* Limits premium discrimination based on gender and age.

* Prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage when people are sick and need it most.

* Caps out-of-pocket expenses so people don’t go broke when they get sick.

* Eliminates extra charges for preventive care like mammograms, flu shots and diabetes tests to improve health and save money.

* Protects Medicare for seniors.

* Eliminates the “donut-hole” gap in coverage for prescription drugs.

Quality, Affordable Choices

If You Don’t Have Insurance, the Obama Plan:

* Creates a new insurance marketplace — the Exchange — that allows people without insurance and small businesses to compare plans and buy insurance at competitive prices.

* Provides new tax credits to help people buy insurance.

* Provides small businesses tax credits and affordable options for covering employees.

* Offers a public health insurance option to provide the uninsured and those who can’t find affordable coverage with a real choice.

* Immediately offers new, low-cost coverage through a national “high risk” pool to protect people with preexisting conditions from financial ruin until the new Exchange is created.

Reins in the Cost of Health Care

For All Americans, the Obama Plan:WTF_Robot_Superman1

* Won’t add a dime to the deficit and is paid for upfront.

* Requires additional cuts if savings are not realized.

* Implements a number of delivery system reforms that begin to rein in health care costs and align incentives for hospitals, physicians, and others to improve quality.

* Creates an independent commission of doctors and medical experts to identify waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system.

* Orders immediate medical malpractice reform projects that could help doctors focus on putting their patients first, not on practicing defensive medicine.

* Requires large employers to cover their employees and individuals who can afford it to buy insurance so everyone shares in the responsibility of reform.

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“I sailed an ocean, unsettled oceanhealth-care-reform-more-critical-than-ever_large
Through restful waters and deep commotion
Often frightened, unenlightened
Sail on, sail on sailor”

“Sail on Sailor” – The Beach Boys

The health care fight has never been more intense than it is this week.

Key congressional committees are writing the actual legislation right now, and the most important decisions—like whether to include a public health insurance option, or how strong it is—are still up in the air.

The scary thing is, as Congress is cutting deals, the other side is spending $1.4 million a day to undermine reform.1 If we’re going to get real health care reform this year, we have to make sure the voices of regular Americans are constantly being heard by our members of Congress.

Your senator, Robert Casey, has been a strong advocate for the public option—and during this period we need him to keep it up. Can you call Sen. Casey today to say thanks and tell him to keep up the fight for a robust public health insurance option?

Here’s where to call:

Senator Robert Casey

Phone: 202-224-6324

After you call, click here and let us know how it went:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FSPA_2&cp_id=995&id=16545-11381997-qrd9LRx&t=3

By “robust,” we mean a public health insurance option that is:countdown4p05

* Part of a broader plan to cover all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be a key piece of a reform plan that will guarantee access to quality health care for everyone in America.

* A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide with a broad network of providers.

* Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.

* A truly public plan: To ensure it’s held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.

We have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass real health care reform this year—and it all comes down to the next few weeks. Can you call Sen. Casey today and urge him to continue to stand strong in the fight for a public health insurance option?

Here’s where to call:

Senator Robert Casey

Phone: 202-224-6324

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Key leaders in Washington are now saying that any health care reform will—and must—include a public health insurance option.1,2Perry White

The big challenge now? Opponents of reform are trotting out weak half-measures and calling them “public plans,”3 with the goal of leaving us with a public health insurance option in name only. The latest is a proposal for “co-ops”—small, regional insurers that would be too weak to bring costs down or compete with existing private insurance.4

We have to push back right away and with a clear message: Americans demand a strong public health insurance option, one that is available to everyone, national in scope with real bargaining clout, ready to go on day one, and truly public.

Can you write a letter to the editor about how important it is to include a strong public health insurance option in reform this year? Our tool makes writing a letter really simple. You can send the letter right from our website—it only takes a few minutes:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51500&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=3

If you’ve never written a letter to the editor before, now is the time to send your first. The letters page is one of the most widely read—and most important—in local newspapers. Members of Congress and their staffs read it to understand how their constituents are feeling. And the media read it as feedback on their coverage.3

Here are a few key points for your letter on what a strong public health insurance option should look like:

* Available to all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be available to anyone who chooses to participate. If you like your current plan, you can keep it; if you want to participate in the public health insurance plan, you can choose to do so.

* A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide.

* Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.

* A truly public plan: To ensure it’s held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.

A robust public health insurance option is the linchpin of real reform that will help bring costs down and provide coverage for all Americans. If thousands of us write to our local papers, we can make sure our representatives in Washington understand how crucial it is to voters like us. Please click here to get started:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51500&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=4

Sources:

1. “Pelosi: Health Care Reform Can’t Pass Without Public Option,” The Huffington Post, June 11, 2009.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51502&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=5

2. “CONFIRMED: Kennedy Bill Will Have Public Health Insurance Option,” Health Care for America Now, June 9, 2009.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51503&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=7

3. “Co-op compromise gives White House a health option,” The Associated Press, June 14, 2009.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51504&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=8

4.”A Co-Op for the Public Option? Let’s Talk Principles,” The Now! Blog, June 12, 2009.

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51498&id=16403-11381997-MS4Ur_x&t=9

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20081206 1002I have known Marilyn Firchow for several years and she continues to amaze me. Her level of fitness surpasses women half her age. Mrs.Firchow is full of spirit and she truly enjoys life. That’s plenty of inspiration for me! Good luck Marilyn in all your endeavors…

May 17th, 2009, DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania – Marilyn’s Ultimate Health & Fitness is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. President and CEO Marilyn M. Firchow is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Over the years, Firchow has trained clients who are new to exercise, those who are post rehab, and clients who are currently into fitness and want to take it to the next level.

The benefit of working with Marilyn is her 20+ years of knowledge and expertise in the fitness and health industry.  Marilyn is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, specializing in orthopedic populations.  Marilyn has trained clients with everything from total knee/hip replacements to obesity-issues to those that are conditioned, but need to amp-it-up.  She is very creative and with a few good workout tools, she can turn your home into a virtual gym.  Marilyn has introduced the “35-minute Fitness Blast”, a 35-minute total body workout designed for people on a time and dollar budget.Womanstretching

Marilyn Firchow is a personal trainer who is mindful of a client’s past medical history while focusing on their goals, and motivating them.  She has helped clients loose inches and pounds while monitoring their vital signs to ensure safety.  She can also push the envelope and take clients to the next level of fitness.  Whether in the comfort of your home, or at the local gym, Marilyn is the trainer with the energy and the knowledge to transform you!  For more information or to set up an appointment, go to http://www.MarilynsFitness.com.

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20081206 1002I have known Marilyn Firchow for several years and she continues to amaze me. Her level of fitness surpasses women half her age. Mrs.Firchow is full of spirit and she truly enjoys life. That’s plenty of inspiration for me! Good luck Marilyn in all your endeavors…

May 17th, 2009, DREXEL HILL, Pennsylvania – Marilyn’s Ultimate Health & Fitness is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. President and CEO Marilyn M. Firchow is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Over the years, Firchow has trained clients who are new to exercise, those who are post rehab, and clients who are currently into fitness and want to take it to the next level.

The benefit of working with Marilyn is her 20+ years of knowledge and expertise in the fitness and health industry.  Marilyn is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, specializing in orthopedic populations.  Marilyn has trained clients with everything from total knee/hip replacements to obesity-issues to those that are conditioned, but need to amp-it-up.  She is very creative and with a few good workout tools, she can turn your home into a virtual gym.  Marilyn has introduced the “35-minute Fitness Blast”, a 35-minute total body workout designed for people on a time and dollar budget.Womanstretching

Marilyn Firchow is a personal trainer who is mindful of a client’s past medical history while focusing on their goals, and motivating them.  She has helped clients loose inches and pounds while monitoring their vital signs to ensure safety.  She can also push the envelope and take clients to the next level of fitness.  Whether in the comfort of your home, or at the local gym, Marilyn is the trainer with the energy and the knowledge to transform you!  For more information or to set up an appointment, go to http://www.MarilynsFitness.com.

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