Polly sigh

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

People need affordable health care coverage. The high pricetag associated with health care is negatively impacting many families who have to choose between paying for a doctor visit and paying a utility bill. After much debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the healthcare bill. There is speculation over how long this process will take in the Senate as our Senators duke it out over what to include or exclude from the bill. While their timeline is somewhat unclear, it is certain that they need to resolve the issue in a timely manner. That means now.

This is where you come in. One of the great benefits to being a busy woman on the go is that you have become an expert at balancing, well, everything. And while healthcare reform may take a back burner to what to make for dinner tonight, changes to health care are needed to improve our families' abilities to get affordable coverage. Regardless of your position on the issue, take a half hour tonight to draft a letter to your United States Senator and ask him or her to consider your opinion on the legislation.

Grab a piece of paper and a pen. For some of you, that translates into your laptop. Block out 30 minutes of time and write. You begin the letter with "Dear Senator Sherrod Brown," or "Dear Senator George Voinovich," and then you write. We are voices for ourselves and for our families. We must have our voices heard and one simple way to do that is by writing a letter to your United States Senator. If you do not speak up, then who will speak for you?

To submit a letter online, or for address information, please go to www.senate.gov and click on "Senators."