For years, the NRLN has opposed the efforts of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01), now the Speaker of the House, to replace Medicare with a voucher plan (premium support) for seniors to use to purchase their health care coverage from private insurance companies. If Rep. Tom Price (GA-06), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, is confirmed by the Senate, Speaker Ryan will have a powerful partner. Representative Price has long supported privatizing Medicare with taxpayer dollars going to insurance companies who make big contributions to members of Congress. Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-08), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, has pledged to support the proposed changes to Medicare.
Speaker Ryan has received $845,239 in campaign and leadership PAC (Political Action Committee) contributions from the insurance industry during the 2015 and 2016 election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.Org, the Center for Responsive Politics. Rep, Price, currently Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has received $184,600, and Rep. Brady has received $397,500 in campaign and leadership PAC contributions from the insurance industry during the same period. Could their desire to privatize Medicare be overly influenced by the big contributions they receive from the insurance industry?
You are the NRLN. If Medicare is important to you as part of the NRLN, then stand with the other members to tell Congress not to support turning Medicare over to insurance companies that will certainly lead to seniors paying more for health care. Please email the NRLN’s sample letter to your Representative and Senators to urge them to prevent the privatization of Medicare.
Bill Kadereit, President Bob Martina, Vice President –
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Here are the easy steps to follow:
- If the “Click here” link in the first paragraph above doesn’t work for you, go to: http://nrln.org/congress.html#/48 to access the NRLN’s sample letters.. The NRLN Action Network system will identify for you the letter to be sent to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators. If you have a problem with this link, go to www.nrln.org and click on the “Take Action Now” near the top of the NRLN website home page.
- When you have accessed the NRLN sample letters, to the left of the letters are windows to type in your contact information required by members of Congress so they know they are receiving an email from a constituent. If you have sent previous NRLN emails to your members of Congress your contact information may be automatically displayed.
- Personalize the letters by editing in your own comments.
- Click on the "Preview" button and the letters addressed to your Representative and two Senators will appear. Their names will be automatically added in the letter’s greeting. Check to make sure the letters to your members of Congress appear correct and then click "Send".