IN THE MEDIA
"Health care reform may come too late to help Eric, but I hope it will come in time to help thousands of other families who may otherwise lose loved ones simply because private insurance companies choose to turn away the sick."
"When her brother faced a catastrophic medical condition and insurance refused to help, Veronica De La Cruz harnessed the power of the Internet to try to save his life. Now she's fighting to rescue lots of other Eric's, too..."Glamour Magazine
"There's nothing better that you can do to help others, help save lives. And you already have. And that's just the beginning..."Fox's Good Day LA
our principles ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
- Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans
- End barriers to coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions
- Maintain coverage when you change or lose your job
- Improve patient safety and quality of care
- Guarantee choice of doctors and health plans
- Reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government
- Protect families from bankruptcy or debt because of health care costs
About eric de la cruz
Eric De La Cruz was a young man from Nevada who was diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy five years ago. His courageous struggle to receive a new heart while despite an inability to get insurance has inspired thousands to fight for health care reform in his name.
Eric died on July 4, 2009 while awaiting a heart transplant that was denied and delayed because he could not get insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Despite five years of desperate attempts by his inspirational mother and sister, Eric died. Despite a remarkable online campaign that attracted thousands of supporters from all over the world and nearly a million dollars to pay his uncovered medical expenses, Eric died. And despite repeated pleas for help to those whose hands were tied by the system, Eric died.Read More About Eric's Story
WHO IS #ETA?
If you are still wondering what #ETA means, you've come to the right place.
Eric's online supporters were dubbed "Eric's Twitter Army" when they rose to the challenge of getting Eric through the red tape of getting disability insrance and, subsequently, in raising nearly $1 million for a heart transplant operation. Anyone can join and there is no fee. All you need to do is have a heart.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Want to make a difference in the lives of millions? It's easier than you think.
We make it easy for you to contact Congress, find charities to support, or connect with other activists to help support the passage of reform.
We are now facing a once-in-a-generation window of opportunity to change what is broken with our health care system. Our mission is to give a voice to all of the Eric's out there, today and in the future.
Our goal is to demand that Congress pass a strong health care reform bill this year that includes a public option and an end to discrimination based on preexisting conditions.
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