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THE NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORSMay 15, 2001
Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
Dear Congresswoman Johnson:
Many of our members, as individuals or through their state caucuses, have expressed concern and alarm about the closing of the District of Columbia's DC General Hospital. Our organization, since its inception and by the very nature of our members' experience, is an advocate of self-government. no thought that a non-elected entity in the nation's capitol, the Control Board, could determine D(: General's fate is disconcerting.
As you well know, our legislators struggle with painful decisions about reforming health care in their own states. They are often faced with circumstances similar to Washington's. The issue of how to provide service to the underinsured and noninsured populations is a pressing dilemma, but for the capitol of our country to abandon people in need is disheartening.
We encourage you to exercise your influence and judgment to rescind the action of closing this needed resource. The reality is, that for the citizens and communities who are served by DC General, the proposed substitutes are insufficient. Lives will be lost as emergency transportation times are extended. As Americans, we can do better.
Rep. James L. Thomas
Cc: Congressional Black Caucus
444 N. Capitol St., NW, Suite 622, Washington, DC 20001 - (202) 624-5457 - Fax (202) 508-3826, www.NBCSL.com
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