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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Health reform can't wait

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

We may say it a lot, but it bears repeating one more time: We are closer than ever to enacting comprehensive health reform. So close, in fact, we can almost taste it over here at Stand Up for Health Care.

Unfortunately, not everyone is as excited about the prospect of passing health reform as we are.

No strangers to stall tactics, opponents of health reform have developed a habit of telling us to "start over" and "scrap the bill" instead of just compromising and forging ahead with the bills the Senate and the House have passed.

We need your help to tell Congress that health reform can't wait. We know it, you know it, and millions of uninsured Americans know it.

Our friends over at the American Cancer Society have created a really cool petition that we wanted to share with you. You can join us, the American Cancer Society, and a few other groups to tell Congress that Americans can't afford to wait for Congress to start over.

Congress has already spent months debating legislation. We've come way too far to just turn around and start from scratch.

Americans with pre-existing conditions need access to health insurance now. Families with rising premiums need to be protected from excessive rate hikes. Americans who fall between the cracks need a safety net during troubled economic times.

It's time for Congress to pass health reform once and for all-Americans simply cannot wait. And right now, millions of Americans are learning that lesson the hard way.