Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Keeping Change Alive

The election of a President who campaigned on a promise for change puts us in a unique position to enact legislation that provides comprehensive health and mental health coverage for all children. With many competing issues in the mix, we must let our voices be loudly heard by our legislators letting them know that we expect them to keep their campaign promises and not let this issue fall off their agenda or settle for a quick fix. We must keep shouting until they cover all children in 2009.

President-elect Obama has put up a new website and is soliciting policy recommendations that we would like carried out in the next four years. To ensure that change is carried out, we need to do 3 things:

1. Visit Obama's new transition website,
2. Complete the form and tell Obama to:

a. Fulfill his campaign commitment to ensure that every child has health coverage.

b. Ensure that any legislation enacted meets the following criteria:

- Ensures every child and pregnant woman has access to affordable health coverage and health services.

- Guarantees all children and pregnant women comprehensive benefits, which must include all medically necessary services.

- Simplifies the application and enrollment process to make it easy for all children to get covered and stay covered.

- Resists the temptation to go for a quick fix that falls far short of covering all children.

3. Submit your vision of a country where all children in America have health coverage! (You can even include a photo or video with your submission!)

link: Children's Defense Fund
photo credit: Tom Ethington;
Center of Hope Freedom School


Regina said...

Thanks for the reminder! I haven't been to the new website yet, but I plan to by the weekend!

Blog Queen said...

very informative post. This website was an awesome idea. How much the administration actually utilizes it remains to be seen. However, no other administration I can think of has ever offered such an "open door" platform for our voices to be heard. Kudos to our new president and his team

Fitts said...

Seems like you are well informed.
Thanks for sharing my brother!


SjP said...

Much obliged for this post. We have to remember that this is about and for our children! Keep on doing what you do!

tikno said...

Very informative post with noble-heart.