January 17, 2024
Dear health justice activist,
An industry-friendly Medicare Advantage letter has officially launched in the Senate, circulated by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
You can find PNHP’s response to their letter HERE. The deadline for signing this letter is Wednesday, Jan. 24.
It’s our job to let our senators know that we do NOT want them to sign on.
Call your U.S. Senators today via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
A suggested script is below, but feel free to adjust it:
I’m a constituent of Senator [NAME]. I’m reaching out about the Medicare Advantage program. Currently, there is a letter circulating in the Senate led by Senators Cortez Masto, Scott, Peters, and Capito praising the program and asking for “stability,” which really means no changes that might protect seniors and people with disabilities.
I’m calling to urge the Senator to NOT sign on to this letter. The Medicare Advantage program has a record of harming patients by delaying and denying care, and by restricting our choice of doctor. Insurance corporations have also been caught overcharging taxpayers by up to 140 billion dollars per year. Rather than uncritically promoting Medicare Advantage, we need Congress to reappraise the program and hold health insurers accountable for their plans’ shortcomings.
You can also use this email tool to urge your senators not to sign the industry-friendly letter. Thank YOU for taking action to fight back against corporate profiteering in Medicare! In solidarity,
PNHP Organizing Team