Senator Max Baucus, chair of the Finance Committee, released a health reform bill yesterday that falls short of meaningful health reform. The Finance Committee bill does not treat everyone equally or ensure affordable health care for all. It fails to ask employers to share responsibility and provide health care to their workers, and does not keep insurance companies honest because it lacks the choice of a public option.

The bill bows to hateful sentiments by preventing undocumented immigrants from using the national exchange to purchase, even at full price, health insurance for themselves or their families. It also sets up new paperwork requirements that might keep some citizens from accessing coverage. This is not what our country stands for. The House and Senate HELP Committee health reform bills are ones we can build upon. But this is one we can’t. Tell our senators TODAY to stand for what is right and pass a health reform bill that helps everyone!

Calls needed TODAY to:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
(202) 224-3841

Senator Barbara Boxer
(202) 224-3553

Key messages:
.    All Americans, including immigrants, need better access to culturally competent, quality health care.
.    Taxpayer dollars should not be spent on complex verification schemes aimed solely at appeasing groups that are not negotiating in good faith.
.    Reform must move forward and provide coverage we can afford, benefits we can count on, and the choice of a national public option!

Your call really does matter. Please take a moment and make that call!
More information on the health reform bills now in Congress can be found at

Let us know if you took action by emailing Marty Martinez at

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