Monday, July 20, 2009

Write to President Obama about the Walk For Healthcare

Feel free to copy & paste (and edit as you like) the following to send to the White House using the link

Dear President Obama,

I believe true healthcare reform is of critical importance to the nation. Healthcare for all is a matter of human rights, human dignity, and economic security.

My friend, Dr. Ogan Gurel, has been walking from Chicago to Washington, DC over the past month in support of healthcare reform. Specifically, he has been gathering stories from real people along his Lincoln Highway route in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He will be in Hagerstown, Maryland tonight (7/22) and plans to arrive in Washington on the afternoon of Sunday (7/26) and staying in DC through Tuesday (7/28). I hope that you might have a chance to meet with him, not only because the Walk is a remarkable statement of support for healthcare reform (I haven’t seen any lobbyists initiating such a formidable accomplishment), but specifically because Dr. Gurel has gathered hundreds of stories, posting them on his blog ( and Twittering them (@walk4healthcare) along the way. These stories paint a picture, as he calls it, of a “national catastrophe,” that deserves to be heard much more forcefully than the plaintive pleas of lobbyists intent upon preserving their piece of the healthcare money pot. The voice of the people must be at the forefront of this debate.

In addition to meeting with you, Dr. Gurel is keen to meet with lawmakers in Congress (some Senators have already expressed interest) and any assistance in facilitating such meetings would also be much appreciated. Dr. Gurel can be reached at

Thank you very much for your consideration,


or call/fax:

Tel: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461

Thank you!


Photo Credit: Darrell Sapp, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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