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SAMPLE LETTERS TO REPRESENTATIVES

These are sample letters you can send to your represenative and senators. You can copy them directly or just use them to give you ideas on what to write.

How to use this feature

1. Choose a topic that you want to contact your representative or senator about and copy the text of the letter. If you just want to write your own letter, skip this step.

2. Click on the megaphone above to choose which representative or senator you want to write to. Click on their name to bring you to their information page on our site.

3.Click on the megaphone on their information page. That will take you to the section of their official website where you can email them.

4. If you copied our suggested letter, paste it into the letter section of their page.

Charactreristics of an effective letter

o It shows that you understand the issue you're writing about

o It offers a course of action you would like your representative to take

o It is concise and respectful.

o It lets your representative know that you are a constituent.

What do the different statuses mean?

o Time Critical: There most likely is a bill in Congress that is about to be considered. Time is of the essence in asking your representative and senators to make sure they act on this bill in the way you want them to.

o Active: This is an important issue that affects a large number of people. If there is a bill, it may take writing to your representative and senators to ask them to act on it. If there is no current bill, you can ask them to introduce one.

o Dormant: There is no current action on this issue, but it would help your representative and senators to know your concern about them.

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Health Care for All Americans

As your constituent, I am urging you to support a single-payer health care system to replace our private insurance based system.

It should meet the following criteria...

o Any U.S. citizen will be able to receive quality medical, dental, vision, and mental health care at a cost they can easily afford.

o The additional tax to pay for national health care would cost most Americans less than the combination of health insurance premiums and additional costs of health care treatment they now pay. That tax would be assessed using a formula that is equitable for all income levels.

o It would contain provisions to control the cost of services and prescription drugs.

o Providers would be compensated reasonably and promptly

o The plan would be economically sustainable - completely paid for by public dollars with no borrowing.

Such a health care policy would reduce national health care costs, allowing more money to be spent either benefitting U.S. citizens or paying down the national debt.

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