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Fail pushes to keep Health Care Reform as a
Top Priority for Congress and the new
Divided We Fail holds rare Town Hall Meeting with U.S.
Senator Arlen Specter on
the urgent need to fix rising Health Care
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP
Roundtable, National Federation of
Independent Business, and the Service
Employees International Union held a town
hall meeting today on the need for health
reform with U.S. Senator Arlen
Specter in Philadelphia
at the National Constitution Center.
While in Philadelphia, Senator
Specter spoke with constituents on the
prospects for bipartisan action on America's
health care problems under a new
Administration and Congress.
"We have long struggled to adequately cover all Americans
with health insurance, and I am working in a
bipartisan fashion to reform and enhance our
current market-based health care system.
"I find these town hall conversations to be very helpful and
provide a strong basis for moving forward on
this important subject," says Senator
With the recent passage of the expansion of the State
Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP),
it is critically important that health care
reform remains on the agenda for the 111th
Today's town hall participants expressed their views on how
rising health costs are affecting their
families, businesses, and communities.
"We are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great
Depression. As wages tighten and
unemployment rises, soaring medical costs
are squeezing individuals, families,
businesses, and the nation as a whole," says
Estella Hyde, AARP Pennsylvania
As the nation continues to experience economic woes, AARP
remains hopeful that acts of Congress like
the recent passage of the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009 brings the
nation a step closer to health care reform.
The new legislation contains many provisions which AARP
believes are paramount to promoting the
foundation for meeting the critical needs of
Americans such as health care.
"The health of our economy depends to a great extent on our
dealing with health care reform," says Hyde.
Overwhelmingly, participants from today's meeting have
grown weary of partisan gridlock and agreed
that there could be no real economic
security without health care security.
"Partisan gridlock won't do anything to end the health and
economic problems our country faces. If our
organizations -- business, labor and
consumers -- can join forces, so can our
leaders in Washington.
We're just getting started and we're ready
to help," says Dick Chevrefils,
AARP Pennsylvania State Director.
Divided We Fail has organized nearly 1,000 events across
the country to give voice to the millions of
Americans who are tired of letting
Washington gridlock stand in the way of affordable, quality
More than 360 members of the 111th Congress signed the
Divided We Fail pledge or wrote a letter of
support. In addition to AARP, Business
Roundtable, NFIB and SEIU, more than 100
independent groups have joined our efforts.
"We stand ready to work with the President
and the new Congress to bring about
important legislation to provide real
security to the American people," adds