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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Congress urged to include public option in health care reform

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

In e-mail correspondence to central Ohio's U.S. Representatives, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus insisted that public health insurance be part of any health care reform measure.

The correspondence was sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of the United States. The following members of Congress were contacted:

  • U.S. Representative Steve Austria, 7th District
  • U.S. Representative Mary Jo Kilroy, 15th District
  • U.S. Representative Patrick Tiberi, 12th District

The full text of the letter follows:

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus is turning its attention to the impending health care debate in the House.

We are asking you to support H.R. 3200 with the public option. The public insurance option will guarantee consumer choice in health care while controlling costs. 

Strong health care reform legislation must guarantee quality, safe, and affordable health care to all Americans, including the choice of a public insurance plan. Everyone deserves the choice of a government-administered health insurance plan like Medicare that would compete with private health insurance plans. Our health care is too important to be left only to private insurance companies.

H.R. 3200, America‚Äôs Affordable Health Choices Act, is a strong and comprehensive bill that deserves your support. The public option will make it possible for Americans who cannot obtain coverage through traditional employer-sponsored plans to find health insurance at a reasonable price.

Our hundreds of members across central Ohio hope that you will demonstrate real leadership and vote for comprehensive health care reform, including the public insurance option.