On November 7, America took one step closer to realizing health reform with the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) in the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-215. The legislation will now be debated and voted on in the Senate. If it passes, the next step will be deliberation by a conference committee of both the Senate and House.
Because Korean Americans are disproportionately impacted with one of the highest uninsured rates in the United States, NAKASEC and its affiliates recognize the tremendous significance in the bill’s passage. As we continue working towards inclusive health reform, we believe it is important that immigrants are neither left out nor scapegoated.
Health reform is not health reform if some of our loved ones are left out. Let’s send a unified message to Congress and the White House with two actions:
Action #1 – Sign our petition (online version at http://nakasec.org/blog/1684) calling for:
- removing the five year waiting period for legal immigrants in Medicaid and Medicare;
- allowing public access to purchase the public option in the new marketplace for health insurance;
- letting everyone who subsidizes the health system to participate in it, and make informed health decisions, regardless of immigration status.
You can also help gather petitions. Click here to download a copy. All hard copies of the petitions need to be mailed or faxed to NAKASEC by Saturday, November 21, at midnight PST. Our fax number is 323-937-3753 and our mailing address is 900 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019.
Action #2 – Participate in a 4 pm rally and vigil at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office on November 23rd to remind President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Pelosi to support immigrant access to healthcare. If you are interested in joining our bus from Los Angeles to San Francisco, please let us know as soon as possible.
EunSook, Dae Joong, and Son Sik
NAKASEC, KRC and KRCC