National LGBT Rghts Leader Addresses D.C. Protest Demanding Health Insurance Reform
WASHINGTON - March 9 - National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund Executive Director Rea Carey is among the progressive leaders speaking at today's large protest outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., where America's Health Insurance Plans - the health insurance lobbying group - is holding its annual policy conference.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization officially participating in today's protest organized by Health Care for America Now, the nation's largest health care campaign designed to stress the urgent need for health insurance reform. More than 50 major labor, organizational and religious leaders teamed up with survivors of health insurance industry abuse leading the crowd in protest.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
"Health care reform is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issue. The lack of adequate, affordable health care is hurting tens of millions of people and their families all across this country, including our families. It is clear to nearly everyone that reform is critically needed, yet the powerful health insurance lobby remains a major obstacle. Blocking reform comes down to greed, and this must end. This is why we are part of Health Care for America Now and why we stand here today. There is no sound reason why anyone who wants insurance is refused adequate and affordable coverage. Nobody should go bankrupt because of health care.
"We're also here because the LGBT community refuses to let our lives and families be left behind. Health care reform will happen, and it must address some of the stark realities that LGBT people face every day. How our families are legally defined greatly impacts the costs of and access to coverage. Every April 15, LGBT families write an extra check to the IRS to pay for domestic partner benefits - the very same benefits opposite-sex married couples get tax free. Health care reform must abolish the insurance industry's ‘preexisting conditions' barrier, which far too many in our community are subjected to because in 2010 the federal government still does not protect us from employment discrimination. America, we can and will do better."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/09/2010 05:31:00 PM