The American Muslim Health Professionals, a member of the Faithful Reform in Health Care coalition, sponsored today’s “Interfaith Virtual Vigil of Prayer, Hope, and Action.” One of their leaders, Khizer Husain, personally delivered the letter below to the offices of House and Senate leaders and committee chairs. He reported that in the midst of low morale, he was warmly received and that staffers were appreciative of gracious and positive support for moving forward. He concluded that continuing with the Vigil is more important than ever.
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“None of you are believers unless you love for your brother/sister what you love for yourself.” ~ Prophet Muhammad
January 20, 2010
An Open Letter
to President Barack Obama and to
Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives
As a community of faith and of professionals, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) believes in comprehensive health care reform that will increase access to high-quality, affordable care for all Americans. The time is ripe for this goal that has eluded the American people for decades to finally come to fruition. Therefore, we urge members of Congress and the Administration to stay the course and complete this task.
AMHP supports the efforts being made to overhaul the American healthcare system; however, we encourage legislators to ensure that the interests of the American people are the centerpiece of such legislation. We believe that any legislation that is passed which does not guarantee access to high-quality, affordable healthcare will only further aggravate the system in which increasing numbers of Americans are unable to purchase basic care.
In an effort to protect the people, AMHP supports legislation that includes the following:
- A national health exchange, rather than a state or regional one
- The removal of the anti-trust exemption for health insurers
- An expansion of Medicaid to those earning up to 150% of FPL
- Subsidies to help people up to 400% FPL purchase health insurance
- No rating band variances more than 2:1
- Strong regulation of the private insurance market
- The elimination of the Medicare Part D “donut-hole”
- No increase in taxes that will affect the working, middle-class
AMHP believes that healthcare is a basic human right and that it is a moral imperative for the elected leaders of this great nation to make certain that all of its citizens can enjoy in this right. We recognize that a single piece of legislation cannot fix all aspects of our ailing healthcare system, but we trust that this first step is a move in the right direction and pray that you continue toward its completion.
American Muslim Health Professionals