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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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Senators asked to include public option in health care reform

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009

In e-mail correspondence to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, 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 today in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of the United States. The full text of the letter follows:

The current health care system is endangering our economy and our health. On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I urge you to act soon and vote for comprehensive health care reform, with the public insurance option. 

It is universal coverage that will determine the humanity of our system. Legislation must guarantee access to comprehensive and essential health care for all. In addition, every American deserves a choice of health insurance plans, including a public option like Medicare. The public insurance option will make it possible for Americans who cannot obtain coverage through traditional employer-sponsored plans to find coverage at a reasonable price.