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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Bring the public option back!

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Greedy insurance companies want to cut access to healthcare–but we won’t give into their bullying!

We are demanding a public health insurance option. Will you add your voice?

Dear Friend,

Healthcare should be a basic human right, but greedy health insurance corporations, like Aetna, are trying to destroy efforts to provide access to public health insurance.

According to these corporations and their lobbyists, if you’re poor, older, have prior health challenges, or other conditions, you’re out. See, they think you don’t make health care corporations enough money, so they believe you don’t deserve healthcare.1

Nearly 10 million Latinx people remain uninsured. And our communities are particularly harmed by companies pulling out of Obamacare and leaving us with no health insurance providers.2

Tell the government we cannot rely on corporations to guarantee our health care. It's time to bring back the public option!

We need a public health insurance option that can compete with the insurance companies, guaranteeing everyone affordable health care. A public option is a single federal insurance system that would compete with private insurance companies.3 A public option tells Congress that our health should be prioritized over corporate profit.

Tell your congressperson we need a public option today.

Insurance companies successfully fought tooth and nail to remove the public option from Obamacare in 2009.4 But fortunately, there is a renewed urgency to make it happen today.

Progressive organizations and dozens of U.S. Senators are rallying around a congressional resolution for a public health insurance option.5 We must make our voices heard now, making public health insurance central to the 2016 debate and passing it under the next president. As it stands, Donald Trump’s health care proposal would leave 18 million uninsured.6 In contrast, Hillary Clinton supports a public option.7 And so does President Obama.8 The next few days are key to creating political momentum, and visible support from enough people will get others to sign on.'

Can you sign on as a supporter of the public health insurance option?

By pulling out of 11 state exchanges, Aetna and other insurance companies were bullying the Justice Department for failing to approve a merger with another big insurance company.9

In typical bully fashion, companies like Humana and UnitedHealth are also pulling out of various state exchanges, because even though they’re making money with Obamacare, they want even higher profits.10 By 2017, people in some states will only have one insurance company they can choose through Obamacare. One county in Arizona, a state with one of the highest Latinx populations, already lacks any insurance companies whatsoever for all those in need through the Obamacare.11

Tell Congress that we won’t stand for Aetna’s bullying and we need a public option.

Our health should not be dependent on the greed of the insurance companies. We can create an affordable alternative—the public option. This is the moment to strike and put the public option back on the national agenda. Please sign on as a supporter today.

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the Presente.org team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1. "Aetna will leave most Obamacare exchanges, projecting losses." The Washington Post. August 16, 2016.
2. "The ACA is Working for the Latino Community." U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. July 21, 2016.
3. "Public Option Vs. Single Payer." FactCheck.org. December 18, 2009.
4. "Health Insurance Stocks Rise After Defeat Of Public Option Amendments." ThinkProgress. September 30, 2009. 
5. "Senate Progressives, Activists Plan Big Public Option Push." The Huffington Post. September 15, 2016.
6. "Trump healthcare plan would cut some premiums but leave 18 million uninsured, study finds." Los Angeles Times. July 7. 2016.
7. "Clinton backs public option on health care in nod to Sanders supporters." CNN Politics. July 9, 2016.
8. "Obama Renews Call For A 'Public Option' In Federal Health Law." NPR. July 11, 2016.
9. "Aetna told DOJ it would drop Obamacare if Humana merger is blocked." CNN Money. August 17, 2016.
10. "Aetna Joins Other Major Insurers In Pulling Back From Obamacare." NPR. August 16, 2016.
11. "Obamacare Options? In Many Parts of Country, Only One Insurer Will Remain." The New York Times. August 19, 2016.