January 2010 U.S. Poverty Laser Talk

Finish Health Care Reform!

Engage: People who say we should give up on health reform must remember that for many of the 46 million uninsured in the U.S., failure to pass health reform is tantamount to a death sentence.

Problem: 44,000 people die every year because they lack insurance, and the number of uninsured and underinsured people keeps growing. Despite spending a year on health reform, some in Congress now want to give up on providing quality, affordable health coverage for everyone.

Inform: The need for action is urgent and further delay is unacceptable. The procedures to pass reform are there; the House can pass the Senate bill and the Senate and House can pass a reconciliation bill to improve it. What is needed now is the courage to do it. A year invested in doing the right thing must not become a year wasted on what might have been.

Call to Action: I urge you to reject defeatist thinking and finish the job. We are counting on you to pass meaningful health reform now. That means reform with an expansion of Medicaid’s existing coverage to everyone below 150 percent of poverty, an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates so people can access primary care in their communities, and full federal financing for the expansion. I urge you and your Senate/House colleagues to move forward and pass a strong health reform bill now!

What is the Laser Talk?

The laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow-up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt the laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk and our Health Care for All campaign page.