As executive director of the Universal Health Care Action Network, a not-for-profit advocacy group committed to raising the issue of universal healthcare coverage during the 2000 political campaign, I am pleased to read about our larger allies ("CHA joins groups as access champion," April 26, p. 9).
In addition to the Catholic Health Association, with which we are in discussions, you report that the American Medical Association has declared itself the "national champion" of universal access, and the American Hospital Association has launched a "Campaign for Coverage."
The Federal Election Commission reported April 1 that in the 1997-1998 election cycle, the AMA's political action committee contributed more than $2 million and the AHA more than $1 million to federal candidates.
I hope these large organizations put their money where their stated commitments are. If both groups gave contributions only to candidates who promised in writing to vote for universal coverage, we would go a long way toward meeting the goal of healthcare for all.
Actions speak louder than words.
Universal Health Care Action Network