Healthcare for Gunner Coalition

September 15, 2009

Dear President Obama, Senators Reid and McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Representatives Boehner and Waxman, and Senators Baucus and Grassley,

Among the deliberations about health care reform, the best interests of all Americans must be considered, especially the 54.4 million citizens who live with disabilities. If not drafted carefully, a government-defined or subsidized health insurance plan would endanger those citizens with disabilities, as decisions about patient care could be made based primarily on cost.

Today, the Healthcare for Gunner Coalition held a press conference on Capitol Hill with Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Representative Trent Franks. We had 17 families at the press conference all of whom spoke out about their concerns as to how a government-run healthcare system could negatively affect their special-needs children. 

We believe a new government-run healthcare system could lead to rationing through:

1)Inadequate Funding.

2)Comparative Effectiveness Research Provisions.

3)Price Controls.

We understand that the needs of our children with disabilities are costly, both long-term and short-term. Put simply, people with disabilities and the elderly have more health problems and need more care, most of which is long-term and costly. If the government only has a set amount of money to cover everyone equally, even those some need more care than others and with greater expense, cost will become a determining factor in providing needed care. And what happens with the money runs out? The disabled and elderly are left to fend for themselves.

For people with disabilities and their families, the proposed nationalized healthcare plan is a direct threat to the essential and timely care that those families and patients need.  We don’t need to cite the numerous examples of rationed care that have been coming out of Great Britain and Canada in the past months as we are sure you have seen them.

Please review our enclosed white paper, which includes one-page stories from many of our coalition families, and hear their individual fears for how a government-run healthcare system could affect their children and families.

Amid difficult economic times, Congress must not cut corners at the expense of the most vulnerable of our society.

We urge you and your colleagues to seriously consider the needs of those 1 in 5 Americans with special disabilities in this country. Our children’s very lives depend upon access to our doctors and their services in a timely manner.  Our children’s lives could be jeopardized should the current proposal be signed into law.


The Healthcare for Gunner Coalition

Healthcare for Gunner 9/15/09 Press Release

What Nationalized Healthcare Rationing Will Look Like for Children With Disabilities 9.15.09 White Paper

Healthcare for Gunner Family Stories for 9.15.09 Press Conference

9.15.09 Healthcare for Gunner Press Kit.pdf

Pictures from the Press Conference