Tuesday, May 09, 2006

On the Senate Floor TODAY--- The "Lose Your Benefits" Bill

HIMMAA Update - 1-800 number continued until Thursday

Our coalition partners have just announced that the 1-800 number will continue until Thursday. Your calls are working! Thanks to your efforts opposition to the Enzi Bill--the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization Act (HIMMAA, S.1955)--is growing in the Senate. Many of you used the 1-800 number to tell your Senators the truth about the Enzi Bill: That it would endanger the health care of 85 million Americans by overriding existing state laws that guarantee coverage of such crucial services as contraception, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer screenings, as well as mammograms, mental health, well-child care, and many others.

The full Senate will vote on the Enzi Bill this week. In order to get an up-or-down vote, Senate leaders plan to schedule a vote to cut off debate on the bill (known as a vote for "cloture" in Senate jargon) for this coming Thursday, May 11th. We need Senators to vote against cloture (against cutting off debate) in order to prevent an up-or-down vote. If you haven't already called your Senators, please consider calling your Senators before Thursday and send them a clear message: Oppose the Enzi Bill by voting NO on cloture.

Call Your Senators, Toll-Free
1-800-828-0498

As we've said before, this is a very dangerous piece of legislation. If passed, the Enzi bill would override state laws that guarantee coverage for crucial services such as contraception, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer screenings, as well as mammograms, mental health, well-child care, and many others. In addition, it would increase the cost of health coverage for many small businesses by pitting younger, healthier groups against older, sicker groups. If this legislation becomes law, more than 85 million Americans will lose important consumer protections that now apply to their health insurance.

As usual, thanks for all the hard work you do!

6 comments:

autoegocrat said...

HIMMAA + Bankrupcy Bill = a permanent serf class.

Freedonian said...

I'm beginning to wonder if the Dems are letting this pitch go by so they'll have another issue to run on in the fall. There's not enough noise about this. And it ain't from lack of trying--- I've personally sent info on this thing to every member of the Air America air staff, every activist or group that I can think of, and I'm getting no traction at all.

I guess we'll find out tomorrow when the cloture vote takes place.

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