October 30, 2009

The Honorable Paul G. Kirk, Jr.
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Kirk:

I am a New Yorker currently (I must admit) but I attended Boston College and spent nearly10 years in Boston as a passionate Pats fan and Boston Marathon runner.  Though my wife and I are currently renting our home in Southie, it will only be a matter of time before we are back up to raise a family where we still consider home.

I write to you today to express my passionate enthusiasm for aggressive health care reform, and to urge you to escalate efforts in the final hours of this historic debate.  As you know, our best efforts for meaningful health care reform have been hampered in large part by a successful campaign by the opposition to brand the public option as a socialist and ultimately scary proposition.  Characterizations of Canadian and European systems have worked people into a fear-frenzy, and I know very reasonable Americans who are outright terrified.

To my surprise, I have not found nearly as much in the news about your opinion on this matter as I have with senators Schumer, Gillibrand, and Kerry.  Given how vocal a proponent of universal healthcare we had in the late Senator Kennedy, I would have loved to see you pick up the standard in his absence, and really speak out on this issue.  With your background in the healthcare industry, I cannot imagine you would have no perspective on this matter.

This is an issue about which I am quite passionate, and I know I am not alone.  I feel there is a moral imperative to ensuring every American has health care, and I think we should start with that as a hard constraint and then begin to fill in the details from there.  If you feel the same way, I urge you to please get out in front of this, and let the country know where you stand.  I urge you to honor the late Senator Kennedy’s legacy by picking up the standard and rushing forward into the fray.  If this is not achieved now, then when?

Thank you again for your support.


Adam Neary