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                        Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
                               1381 Educators Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114

                               An Open Letter to Representative Kosmas

Representative Kosmas,

Now is the time to pass comprehensive health care reform. We’re counting on You!

Too many Florida families have faced financial ruin because of skyrocketing health care costs, and even
more are just one medical emergency away from disaster. In 2008, the 24th Congressional District of
Florida saw 1,400 health care-related bankruptcies—that’s 1,400 families who can’t even choose
between paying for prescription drugs and buying food anymore, because they can’t afford either. Also,
in your district, 11,700 seniors every year are forced to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs, and
many of them can’t afford it. Florida’s families and seniors can’t wait for reform any longer.

Right now insurance companies routinely deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Ten percent of Florida residents have diabetes and 28 percent have high blood pressure – two conditions
insurance companies can cite to reject coverage. Our family members and neighbors continue to suffer
at the hands of insurance companies that deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions and cancel
coverage if people file a claim. A ‘Yes’ vote on reform puts an end to this discriminatory practice.

Working families are facing another year of big health premium increases that will threaten more jobs
and family health benefits. Your constituents need relief that only comprehensive federal health reform
can provide. If nothing is done, more and more of those with insurance, won’t be able to afford to use
their coverage.

We dare not lose this opportunity for comprehensive health care reform. Floridians know that it’s time
to fix the system, we’re counting on you to vote ‘Yes’ on Health Care reform.

In Unity,

Stacy Stepanovich, President
Volusia/Flagler AFL-CIO

Mike Williams, President
Florida AFL-CIO

Steve Williams, Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 756
Claudie Pouncey, President
Space Coast AFL-CIO

Andrew Spar, President
Volusia Teachers Organization

Matty Rose, President
Florida State Association of Letter Carriers

Laura Goodhue, Executive Director
Florida CHAIN

Ed Chambers, President
UFCW Local 1625

Mark Ferrulo, Executive Director
Progress Florida

Tom Wenz, President
AFSCME Local 850

Gary Cotton, President
CWA Local 3102

Elizabeth Albert
Volusia Teachers Organization

Bill Albert
IBEW 756

Kathleen Aterno
Clean Water Action

Tony Fransetta
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans

Brad Ashwell
Florida Public Interest Research Group
Denise Diaz
Central Florida Jobs With Justice

CJ Allen
Volusia Teachers Organization

Suzy Smith
Volusia Teachers Organization

William Moore
New Smyrna Beach Organize Now

Lu-Anne Blankenship
Volusia Education Support Association

Brett Mirsky, Business Manager
UA Local 295

Marc Schwartz, Assistant Business Rep.
IATSE Local 631

Harry Brown, Business Manager
IBEW Local 606

Jennifer Kenny
Alliance for Retired Americans

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