Please Do Not Delay: Open Letter to Senator Snowe

11/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Robert D. Stolorow Founding Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles

Dear Senator Snowe,

We are writing to implore you to act swiftly and strongly in support of true health care reform for all Americans. This must include a strong public option to help bring down the cost of health care by offering an alternative to the monopolies held by private, for-profit insurance companies that exist in so many states.

We heard you say that there is no need to rush, that there is no problem with delaying a vote for two weeks. But Senator Snowe, we disagree. Two weeks can make a big difference, a life-and-death difference. Two weeks are enough time for cancer to begin to metastasize, for a simple infection to lead to septic shock, for intrauterine growth retardation to lead to fetal demise or serious illnesses in an infant.

Two weeks can make the difference between life and death.

Please do not delay.

Please support the public option.

Please pass true health care reform now.


Julia M. Schwartz, M.D. and Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D.