Thank you to Dr. Sunny Aslam in Syracuse for compiling these helpful tips for writing Letters to the Editor! Scroll down to see New Yorkers' Letter for New York Health!
Write a Letter for New York Health
One of the most effective ways of communication about our work to #PassNYHealth and #healthcare4all is by writing letters to the editor of your local daily media. Newspapers and websites appreciate getting letters and printing them, though they often are unable to print all of them. Letters allow us to reach a wide audience, and educate them on critical issues. It can help activate others to get involved and stand up for universal healthcare. We also know that elected officials watch closely when their name is in print. With letters, we can call them out or let them know what we want them to do.
To increase the likelihood of getting printed, it often helps to:
- Refer to a healthcare article recently printed, even if only slightly related to heath care. These days this isn't hard with healthcare in the news so often.
- Follow all guidelines for the letter to be printed, which are often found on the media web site. There is often a word limit.
- Tie the healthcare topic in with some education about The New York Health Act #medicare4all and why universal healthcare is such an urgent issue, possibly including a personal experience. For example, a physician will likely have anecdotes about how the broken health system effects their patients.
- Conclude with an ask, typically to activate someone to do something: a politician to support the New York Health Act, or for people to get involved in an upcoming event, etc.
Don't get discouraged if your first submission does not get printed. Like with all revolutions, persistence wins out. I have often even contacted the editor directly and asked why my letters were not printed.
Finally, have fun with it! It's nice to see your name in print.
Letters to the Editor from New Yorkers supporting New York Health (list in progress! Email a link of your published letter to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Urging Senator Bonacic: Support NY Health Act, David Nidorf, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 20, 2017
- NY Health Act is the best option, Patricia Sprott, Schenectady Daily Gazette, June 19, 2017
- Single-payer is the way to go, David Minch, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 18, 2017 (Medicare for All)
- Lawmakers should pass New York Health, Kathleen Haggerty, Buffalo News, June 16, 2017
- Thanks to Trumpsters, people will die, Justin Latus, Utica Observer-Dispatch, June 15, 2017
Healthcare Debate Misses Key Point, Gioia Shebar, Middletown Times Herald-Record, June 14, 2017 (Medicare for All)
- Urge lawmakers to support single-payer, Glenn Sanders, Schenectady Daily Gazette, June 13, 2017
Single Payer Health Care is Doable, multiple letters, The New York Times, June 12, 2017
Medicare for all is the healthiest solution, Tom Ellis, Schenectady Daily Gazette, June 8, 2017 (Medicare for All)
- NY State's Health Act could be answer, Tony Del Plato, Finger Lakes Times, June 6, 2017
- Ask senators to approve New York Health, Laura Potts, North Country Now, June 6, 2017
- Urge Sen. Ritchie to vote yes on NY Health Act, Michele O'Donnell, North Country Now, June 1, 2017
GOP healthcare bill leaves too many uninsured: Urge elected officials to support 'Medicare for all' at state, national levels, Dr. Sunny Aslam, Syracuse.com, May 30, 2017
Push State Senate to pass healthcare bill, Peter Looker, Schenectady Daily Gazette, May 29, 2017
- Faso must change ways regarding single payer system, Michael Kaufman, Oneonta Daily Star, May 26, 2017
NY Health Act bill could benefit many, Gary Siegel, Middletown Times Herald-Record, May 15, 2017
Sign for NY Health Act, Sarah Outterson-Murphy, Walton Reporter, May 10, 2017
Universal Healthcare is the Best Bet for Us, Sarah Outterson-Murphy, Oneonta Daily Star, April 27, 2017
All people are entitled to quality healthcare, Sandy Przbylak, Buffalo News, February 2, 2017
- Universal healthcare would solve crisis of uninsured, Dr. Richard Weiskopf, Kaye Jager RN, Dr. Joel Potash, Syracuse.com, September 26, 2017