On Wednesday, November 4 the Murphy Bill will go through mark-up. That is normally the final step before a bill is presented to the floor for debate and vote. During mark-up amendments to the original bill are discussed and voted on. It will be the time when the Democratic representatives who recently wrote the very critical letter to Chairman Upton about the Murphy Bill will get a chance to propose amendments that if passed could drastically affect the final bill presented for a vote.
It is the most important day in the
history of the Murphy Bill yet. The link above is from the Treatment Advocacy Center. It tells proponents of the bill what they need to do.
Numbers will matter.
The Treatment Advocacy Center certainly thinks so.
The question is what now will we do. Numbers will matter.
Call and email Rep. Upton. A lot. A very lot.
Tell him :
We need a solution that actually solves something.
Murphy promises everything, but would leave us settling for nothing.
Tell him the facts on AOL. Virtually every state has it now. If it is such a great solution why hasn’t it solved anything. Ask him what it has solved in Michigan.
Tell him rights matter. To say they don’t criminalizes people with mental health diagnoses. It will not create a system that serves more but a system that more avoid. Respect and dignity don’t threaten reform. They should define it.
Tell him you have yet to see the evidence base for psychiatric hospitalization. Tell him going back to what didn’t work then is not the answer to what doesn’t work now.
Tell him that disemboweling programs that protect rights only protects those who don’t care about rights.
Tell him hipaa is not broken. Doctors can make exceptions. Let them decide. The right of privacy should be an integral part of health care for everyone.
Tell him that samhsa has made a difference. Tell him Murphy ‘s idea is just bad government.
Tell him to pay attention to the passion and integrity of those opposing this bill. To let it go forward as written would be a tragedy.
Tell him you would like to see a truly bipartisan bill on such an important subject.
This is only a small list.. Add your ideas to it.
November 4 will be the most important day for Murphy. What we do between now and then will help decide what kind of day it is for us.