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.
Earlier this summer, my friend, Dr. Ogan Gurel, walked from Chicago to Washington, DC in support of healthcare reform. Trekking largely along the Lincoln Highway route in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and then heading down through Maryland to Washington DC, he gathered real stories from real people. These have been published on the blog for the Walk (http://walk4healthcare.org/) and you may also find them on Scribd at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/19228734/Stories-from-the-Walk-Compact-Edition.
I think you will agree that that the “Voice of the People” must prevail in this healthcare reform debate and that it is important for your office to acknowledge the Walk, not only as a remarkable statement of support for healthcare reform (no lobbyists have been seen initiating such a formidable accomplishment), but specifically because these stories paint a picture, as Dr. Gurel 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.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.