Talk Radio and Health Care
- No more unfair treatment of people with pre-existing conditions.
- At least 57 million Americans have serious pre-existing conditions.
- Before reform, these people could have been denied coverage, overcharged, or sold only policies that wouldn’t cover their pre-existing conditions—the very services they need.
- No more discrimination against women in health insurance premiums.
- Adult children can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until they reach 26.
- No more cutting off your health insurance as soon as you get sick.
- Being out of a job no longer means going without health insurance.
- No more "hidden health tax"—the $1,000 added to our health insurance premiums to cover costs for health care for the uninsured.
- Escalating health care costs will be reined in so small businesses can innovate again and our companies can better compete overseas.
- Listen carefully, know your audience: Before calling, listen to the show so you know its slant.
- Time and time again: Some shows are taped—and thus, they take calls—at a different time than their air time. Check the show's or the station's Web site for details.
- The early bird catches the worm: The earlier you call, the higher your chances of getting on the line.
- If at first you don't succeed, call, call again: There is no rule for the number of calls you can make. Keep calling to ensure that you will get through.
- Have a plan: Your moment will be brief—don't call in unprepared.
- KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid): Radio hosts and radio listeners are not the most patient bunch. Make sure you have an easy, short summary of the point you want to make. The more clear and concise you are, the better your chances of getting on the air.