Love it or hate it, health care reform affects us all. That’s why BlogHer has worked so hard in 2009 on its community journalism initiative directly connecting women bloggers with legislators to ask their own questions. Now, we're giving you the chance to take it to the White House: This Monday, December 21, I'm asking your healthcare questions to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in a live interview.
On Monday, Secretary Sebelius will take questions submitted by the BlogHer community. Please leave your burning health care reform questions in the comments on this post, and then come back here to watch the video interview LIVE on BlogHer at 9:30am Eastern Monday morning.
The goal of the community journalism initiative is to foster a frank, open, and civil discussion surrounding the current health care policy debate.
In recent calls, we have heard from Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Or), Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Rep. Rodgers said in her interview, “I’m not sure how many realize that women really are the chief healthcare officer in many families, responsible for taking children to appointments, addressing the needs of their spouses, aging parents. In fact, it’s estimated that women make 85% of the healthcare decisions in this country.”
Well, I certainly am the CHO in my family, and I certainly need to know more about what the latest Senate bill means, and where we go from here. Sebelius' office just released a new report you might want to check out, called "How Health Insurance Reform Will Lower Costs and Increase Choices." It's chock-full of statistics and information to help you make sense of the legislation.
For example, according to the report, "Lowering health care costs by 1 percent will create 320,000 jobs nationwide and raise median family income by $6,800 by 2030. And reform will drive down premiums and limit out-of-pocket costs that eat into the family budget." Click here to read more.
Please join me in getting answers about our health care system. Submit your question below, and tune in Monday as I bring your questions to Washington. Our community has power: lend your voice and let's get the answers we need!
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