I don’t need to tell you that our health care system is in crisis. You see it first hand in your pay checks, your premiums, your business costs and your ability to access the care you need when you need it.
And I am working in Congress to try and do something about it.
As a member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee I am currently helping to craft a health care reform bill that makes health care more affordable, protects your choice of doctors and treatments and ensures that all Americans can get quality care when they need it.
We know that the rising cost of care is sapping our productivity, hurting our businesses and draining state and federal resources. In fact, health care reform may well be the best economic stimulus plan we could pass.
But getting a bill to President Obama’s desk this year won’t be easy. And that’s why I need your help.
No matter where I go across our state I hear from families, businesses and workers who are struggling under the weight of the costs of health care. And now is the time for you to have a bigger voice in this debate.
Making meaningful reform happen this year will take more than members of Congress – or even President Obama – calling for change. It will take Americans across our state and nation standing up and demanding it.
That’s why I’m asking Washington state residents to add their voice to this debate by signing up.
The Power of Personal Stories
I know that health care is a very personal issue.
But, I also know that personal stories have the power to transform debates.
Health care affects your pocketbooks, your loved ones, and your own health and well being. That is why I’m asking you to share your health care experiences, your passion for change, and your suggestions for a better health care system for all.
Over the coming weeks, as I participate in committee meetings, consider amendments, and continue to fine tune our health care plan, my staff and I will be reviewing your thoughts and experiences. And with your permission, I will be asking some of you to allow me to use your stories in speeches and Senate debates to illustrate the public need and support for health care reform this year.
If you don’t want to share a story, please feel free to just sign up above to support health care reform efforts and we will keep you updated with the very latest.
Thank you for your help and your commitment to passing meaningful health care reform for all Americans this year.