Calling All Advocates: Our Nation's Health Care Debacle

  • Nearly seven out of 10 Americans die every year of a chronic disease, including conditions such as asthma and food allergies. With the number of uninsured Americans continually climbing, the number of deaths will only rise. As presidential debates are beginning to center in on our nation's growing health care problems, it is no wonder that many patient groups, community organizations, providers, business and labor groups, and health policy experts have joined together to demand universal health coverage for Americans.


    Groups such as The National Health Council (NHC) and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) are leading the effort to inform citizens, patients, and (perhaps most influential) presidential candidates and the media about the health care coverage emergency. Recently, the NHC released a statement at an event in New Hampshire, signed by 48 CEOs of patient groups, including the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, to call for health and long term coverage for every American. On Sept. 25, the PFCD also released its Public Policy Platform to formally address its ideas for change for our health care system.

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    AAFA has worked with both the NHC and PFCD to support these goals and believe that our patients and advocates can help. Simply by writing an editorial or sending a letter to the editor to your local or state newspaper, you can make a difference in the fight for health care reform in our nation. Asthma and allergy patients, as well as all chronic disease patients, are specifically in need of strong health insurance to ensure that they are able to get the proper care and medication to continue managing their disease.


    Small steps can heed large results in the fight to insure our nation, revamp our health care system, and keep our advocates' diseases treatable and under control. For more information on how to make a difference please refer to AAFA's Web site.

Published On: October 01, 2007