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The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Contact Your Senators and Representative

Your Senators and Representative are in their district offices for Congressional recess. Now is the time to contact them on the issues that are most important to you. Health care and climate change, the League's highest priority issues, lie in the balance. When they return to Washington in September, your elected officials will determine how these issues take shape in ways that will affect our country forever. Opponents are ramping up their efforts to fight quality reform-your voice is needed more than ever.

The League has been on the front lines on these issues.

Health Care: Contact your Senators and Representative on health care by clicking here and entering your zip code. Click here to visit the League's main health care page to learn more, and here to read the letter LWVUS sent to the House of Representatives urging reform.

Climate Change: Contact your Senators on climate change by clicking here and entering your zip code. LWVUS recently sent a letter to the House of Representatives and the Senate urging reform. Click here to visit the League's main climate change page to learn more.

To contact your Senators and Representative by phone or mail, click here and enter your zip code to find their contact information, including locations of their offices.

Please send this message on to other concerned citizens-your grassroots network, friends and coworkers. Encourage them to contact their Senators and Representative today!

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ACTION ALERT: Support Strong Health Care Reform Legislation

America is facing a health care crisis caused by a combination of skyrocketing costs and an insurance system that leaves 47 million of us without any coverage. The current health care system is endangering both our economy and our health, and voters have made it clear that they want change. Business as usual is not an option.

Enter your zip code to encourage your Senators and Representative to support strong health care reform legislation.

Congress must take action to pass strong health care reform legislation that guarantees quality, safe and affordable health care to all U.S. residents including the choice of a public insurance plan. It is universal coverage that will determine the humanity of our system. The legislation must include a benefits package that includes the prevention of disease, health promotion and education, primary care, acute care, long-term care, and mental health care. In addition, any health care package must include prescription drug coverage and allow for pre-existing conditions.

Legislation must establish a system-wide program to coordinate information, establish best practices and provide consumers the information they need to protect themselves and their families. It is essential that comparative data on treatments, benefits packages and medical outcomes be made publicly available so that individuals can make informed health decisions and so costs can be controlled.

Cost containment measures must take place in the context of overall health care reform. We must reduce or eliminate the cost-shifting that currently exists in health care financing and work to streamline the system. Legislation must provide effective cost controls, equitable distribution of services and allow for efficient and economical delivery of care. To achieve this kind of comprehensive, system-wide reform will take a shared effort by citizens and Congress.

Take action today to encourage your Senators and Representatives to support strong health care reform legislation!

TAKE ACTION

1. Contact your Senators and Representatives now, by entering your zip code, and tell them to support strong health care reform legislation. Tell them that current health care system is endangering both our economy and our health, and that business as usual is not an option.

2. Send this alert to other concerned citizens - your grassroots network, your friends and coworkers. Encourage them to contact their Senators and Representatives today!

BACKGROUND

Learn more about what the League is doing to support health care reform.

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Don't miss an opportunity to take action! It's easy to sign up and the League will never share your email with others: http://takeaction.lwv.org/lwv/mlm/signup/.

For additional information, please contact LWVUS Grassroots Lobbyist Christina Vamvas at lobbying@lwv.org.