Today I sent this email to my family:
My friend Eric Meyer, who founded and runs An Event Apart with Zeldman, lost his daughter to cancer on her sixth birthday. It was heartbreaking. Eileen will tell you how upset it made me. Rebecca was Kate’s age.
Over the ten months following her sudden onset of cancer, the total cost of coverage was 1.6 million dollars. Eric’s and his wife’s small business insurance paid $991k. Without that insurance, he would have gone bankrupt and lost his home.
This could happen to any of us, and it will happen to many people if the senate passes their health bill, which is in truth a tax cut for rich people. Thankfully our democratic senators in New York are forcefully opposed to this bill.
Please, if you know people in other states, encourage them to demand that their republican senators vote NO. Encourage them to threaten with their future votes. Suggest this website, which makes calling your representatives super easy: http://5calls.org
Please do this even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Shout it on Facebook. Email people. Spread the word about Eric’s story. Your action will mean the difference between life and death, health and hardship, for families and children all over this country.
Don’t let me down.