Last night President Obama went on national television to tell Congress to stay on task and pass healthcare reform.
But if they don't vote on a bill before they leave for August vacation it could take months to get real reform passed - at a terrible cost to Americans in need.
Even if Congress only delays for a month:
43,250 people will lose their health insurance coverage;
53,507 people will file for bankruptcy because they can't pay their medical bills;
1,265 people will die because they lack coverage.Some lawmakers have vowed to stop at nothing to try and slow or derail healthcare reform.
And while a vote is expected next week, they only need to stall for a few more days to win.
Which is why we need to be ready to act on a moment's notice. Sign up for the rapid response network to get up-to-the-moment news and contact your elected officials when it matters most.
Both the House and Senate are considering major reforms. And nobody knows which bill will come to the floor first, or what crazy tricks opponents of universal healthcare will pull.
All the opponents of real reform have to do is stall and change will fail. But if we act fast, there's still a chance to get a good bill passed, and pave the way for big reforms that guarantee quality, affordable healthcare for everyone.
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