I’m assuming that Mike Ross is included on the list that will receive communications through this address.
So, if you are interested in the healthcare debate, and hope to influence a caucus that may prove to be the deciding faction, you can use this address to contact them. I sent them the following note:
I am a resident of Chattanooga, TN and write to you concerning the upcoming House negotiations on a healthcare package. I understand that your votes on the final package, collectively, may have a deciding impact on the outcome.
I understand from news reports that several of you have indicated that you will not support a package that increases the federal debt. I appreciate and applaud that stance. This is not a time when our nation can afford to take on more debt. However, I’m also cognizant of the fact that any meaningful reform will be complex and will be very costly, and will require new sources of revenue to balance. I’m also cognizant of the fact that the final product will likely cost more than any estimates made during deliberations.
Nevertheless, I hope that you each recognize that our nation is in a healthcare crisis. As a working middle class man with a family of four, I find my costs going up each year. Insurance premiums increase steadily and benefits decrease. Costs to me and my family are out of control – we can no longer truly afford them. Others, who change jobs or who lose their jobs because of our struggling economy may find themselves unable to obtain needed treatment at all. In short, the situation is dire.
So, I write not to ask for you to support or oppose any specific provision, or even to vote affirmatively on the house package as it comes to the floor. I ask only for your commitment to do the best you can to create a sustainable, effective and affordable health system in a country where we spend more on healthcare than most other developed nations and suffer among the highest infant mortality rates, and score poorly on many other measures of quality of care.