July 28, 2009
The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Member of Senate
313 Hart Senate Office Bldg
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-3201
Dear Senator Schumer:
Affordable, accessible health care is very important to all Americans, so I am pleased that President Barack Obama has ranked it high on his list of legislative priorities. As you know, the astronomical rise in health care costs over the past fifteen years has weighed heavily on the minds and wallets of every American. The time for health care reform is indeed now.
Calls for health care reform continue to grow louder and louder. Skyrocketing health care costs are decimating families and businesses. Particularly hurt are those living on limited or fixed incomes like senior citizens and young professionals. Since 2000, the cost of average family premiums has increased by 97 percent in New York alone. With inflation and expenses continuing to rise, middle-income New York families are spending more than 10 percent of their budget on health care costs. Meanwhile, 14 percent of New Yorkers remain uninsured. Inaction is no longer an option; I urge you to take your duty of providing fiscal relief and meaningful reform seriously.
While you consider the merits of the plan before you, please keep in mind that what is adopted should be good enough for all our families, including your own. I am demanding today that when you adopt a new health care system for your constituents, that you abandon the special system designed for Congressional representatives and place yourselves as well as your own families into the new national health care system. By doing so you will provide comfort to the millions of Americans that the government-adopted system is the best health care system possible and that it will provide the necessary care our families need and deserve.
On behalf of my constituents, the people of New York State and this great nation, I ask that you take a pledge to mandate every Congressional representative to utilize the same health care system you deem adequate for our citizens. This is the best way to illustrate your confidence in the system you are creating for your constituents.
James N. Tedisco
Member of Assembly