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Dear Congress: You Can Take a Vacation When You Get the Job Done

The Republicans, the Blue Dogs and Joe Lieberman want to stall passing a health care bill, because they know that if members go back to their districts in August it gives the health insurance lobby a chance to hammer them with millions in advertising. There’s one word for that: unacceptable. The House should keep working until they pass a health reform bill – health care is more important than vacation.

We just created a petition asking the House to stay in session to pass health reform. Click here to sign the petition.Mike Stark will be delivering your signature on video to the House at the end of this week. Some Members of Congress want three weeks of vacation before they tackle health care reform. There is a real human cost for going on vacation. Three weeks in America without health care means:

  • 143,250 people will lose their health insurance coverage
  • 53,507 people will file for bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills
  • 1,265 people will die because they lack coverage

The House is so close to passing a health reform bill – they should not go on vacation now when thousands are losing their health care or worse every day.

Click here to sign the petition and ask the House to stay in session to pass health care instead of going on vacation. Health care just can’t wait.

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Dear Congress: You Can Take A Vacation When You Get the Job Done

The Republicans, the Blue Dogs and Joe Lieberman want to stall passing a health care bill, because they know that if members go back to their districts in August it gives the health insurance lobby a chance to hammer them with millions in advertising. There’s one word for that:  unacceptable.  The House should keep working until they pass a health reform bill – health care is more important than vacation.

We just created a petition asking the House to stay in session to pass health reform. Click here to sign the petition.Mike Stark will be delivering your signature on video to the House at the end of this week. Some Members of Congress want three weeks of vacation before they tackle health care reform. There is a real human cost for going on vacation. Three weeks in America without health care means:

  • 143,250 people will lose their health insurance coverage
  • 53,507 people will file for bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills
  • 1,265 people will die because they lack coverage

The House is so close to passing a health reform bill – they should not go on vacation now when thousands are losing their health care or worse every day.

Click here to sign the petition and ask the House to stay in session to pass health care instead of going on vacation. Health care just can’t wait. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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