Yesterday I wrote a post titled Its A Matter Of Life Or Death, about how congress was threatening to slash the cancer research budget.
Here is a copy of an email I received today from Erin O’Neill at the Amercian Cancer Society. The issues are similar:
More than half of all newly diagnosed cancer patients over age 65 depend on Medicare for treatment.
But now that’s at risk.
As I write this email to you, Congress is considering a new budget proposal that would take funding from Medicare and from Medicaid, which provides essential screenings and prescription drug coverage to the 9% of adults and 25% of children with cancer who receive this benefit.
If these cuts become law, millions of men, women and children could be deprived of lifesaving prevention and early detection tests such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Cancer will go undiagnosed, untreated. Lives will be lost.
As someone touched by cancer, you know – every minute counts. Please contact your U.S. Representative right now and urge them to oppose cuts to Medicare for cancer patients:
House leaders are under intense pressure to make spending cuts, but we shouldn’t have to choose between cutting costs and saving lives.
With so many of this country’s cancer patients already relying on Medicare, the impact of these cuts will reverberate across every city, every town, every community. You, your parents and grandparents, the middle class, your friends and neighbors — everyone could be affected.
We can do better. Even in these difficult economic times, we can all – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – work together for a better future for cancer patients.
A vote on this budget resolution could happen at any time – as soon as next week – so we need you to act immediately. It will only take two minutes to speak out. Please, do it now:
Thank you for your quick action,
I included this because there are two “contact your congressman or woman widgets” you can use for this, or yesterday’s purpose. Simply add to the comment box on either page.
Take a few moments and send these emails. What can it hurt–and it just might help.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat