URGENT ALERT – Key Vote On Tuesday – Tell Scott Brown to Save Prevention Funds For MA

Tomorrow – Tuesday, Sept. 14 – the US Senate is scheduled to vote on a critical amendment that would gut the Prevention and Public Health Fund included as part of national health reform.

The Fund provides resources to national, state, and local programs to make Americans healthier and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Massachusetts is in line to receive an estimated $300 million through this program.

Senator Johanns of Nebraska will offer an amendment on September 14 that would eliminate this Fund to pay for a change in business tax reporting rules. Details are at this Community Catalyst blog post.

Senator Kerry is on record as opposing the Johanns amendment, but Senator Brown has not taken a public position.

Call Senator Scott Brown today at 617-565-3170 or 202-224-4543 and ask him to vote NO on the Johanns Amendment and to preserve the Prevention and Public Health Fund. You can click here to send an email to Senator Brown, courtesy of Families USA.
-Matt Noyes

UPDATE: Sadly, on a procedural vote, Senator Scott Brown voted in favor in Johanns amendment. The amendment failed to get the 60 votes needed under the Senate rules, so the proposal was not advanced. We’re very disappointed in the Senator’s vote, and hope he will become a champion of public health.

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2 Responses to URGENT ALERT – Key Vote On Tuesday – Tell Scott Brown to Save Prevention Funds For MA

  1. Harry says:

    Any one who votes for Scott Brown is a Fool: he represents the interests of large insurance companies and banks. He has consistently voted AGAINST legislation that benefits consumers and individuals.

    We must vote him out of office in 2012.

  2. victimrights says:

    “The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analysis consistently show that United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance.” That is the lead sentence of a recent comprehensive report by the non-partisan Commonwealth Fund called “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall” – How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally – June 2010. (For full report, go to ww.victimrights.wordpress.com.)

    According to the report, the U.S. ranks dead last on dimensions of access, patient safety, coordination, efficiency, and equity; although our system is far more costly than any other system in the world. The authors point out that we have no national policies that promote quality improvement.
    When the U.S. educational system falls “markedly” short of other countries, it creates a minor panic that results in national initiatives like “Race to the Top” and “No Child Left Behind.” We need our leaders to realize the urgency of correcting a terribly flawed health care system by appropriating funds necessary to correct the problem.

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