I received the following email today….and I took action to give my views on the Healthcare debate. You can too.
The chance to finally reform our nation’s health care system is here. While Congress moves rapidly to produce a detailed plan, I have made it clear that real reform must uphold three core principles — it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American.
As we know, challenging the status quo will not be easy. Its defenders will claim our goals are too big, that we should once again settle for half measures and empty talk. Left unanswered, these voices of doubt might yet again derail the comprehensive reform we so badly need. That’s where you come in.
When our opponents spread fear and confusion about the changes we seek, your support for these core principles will show clarity and resolve. When the lobbyists for the status quo tell Congress to hold back, your personal story will give them the courage to press forward.
Join my call: Ask Congress to pass real health care reform in 2009.
After adding your name, please consider sharing your personal story about the importance of health care reform in your life and the lives of those you love.
I will be personally reviewing many of these signatures and stories. If you speak up now, your voice will make a difference.
American families are watching their premiums rise four times faster than their wages. Spiraling health care costs are shackling America’s businesses, curtailing job growth and slowing the economy at the worst possible time. This has got to change.
I know personal stories can drive that change, because I know how my mother’s experience continues to drive me. She passed away from ovarian cancer a little over a decade ago. And in the last weeks of her life, when she was coming to grips with her own mortality and showing extraordinary courage just to get through each day, she was spending too much time worrying about whether her health insurance would cover her bills. She deserved better. Every American deserves better. And that’s why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.
Please add your name to join my call. Then share your personal story about why you too will not rest until this job is done.
Last November, the American people sent Washington a clear mandate for change. But when the polls close, the true work of citizenship begins. That’s what Organizing for America is all about. Now, in these crucial moments, your voice once again has extraordinary power. I’m counting on you to use it.
President Barack Obama
I sent my own story and plea to provide all Americans with healthcare. Not just the for-profit type, but a public option! If there is no public option, there will be no healthcare. Profits and healthcare cannot coexist.
Matt Yglesias, via Steve Benen, said it perfectly:
The proposals currently before Congress would not, of course, create a government-run health care system. There is, however, a proposal to create a health care system that would include a widely available public health insurance option. The point of this would be to try and see if private industry actually can do better than a government-run insurance plan. After all, if the public option offered rationing and low-quality care, why would anyone sign up for it? Nobody would. That kind of low-quality public option would give private insurance nothing to fear. But what they really fear isn’t that a public option would be bad, it’s that it would be good — putting effective cost-controls in place without compromising patient care, thus threatening private industry’s business model.
That, however, is one of the best ways at our disposal to make health reform really work. A public option that strives to achieve public goals — quality care at an affordable price — will challenge private industry to do a better job. Then competition between plans will drive improvements in quality and efficiency. Without a public option, the risk is that private plans will compete by trying to screen out sick patients. That’s a viable root to private sector profits, but it does nothing to improve quality or control costs.
After I sent my thoughts to President Obama, I received the following:
Thanks for taking action. Winning real health care reform in 2009 is an enormous challenge — and we all have to do our part.
Please forward this note to friends and family who might want to share their story and join you in supporting the President’s principles for health care reform.
The more of us who speak up, the stronger we are.
Organizing for America
P.S. We’re gearing up for the next stage in this campaign — Health Care Organizing Kickoffs. On June 6th, Organizing for America supporters like you will gather all over the country to build local teams, get the latest updates on the health care debate, and plan the next steps in your neighborhood. Click here to host a meeting in your area:
If we don’t get healthcare this time around, who knows when we will get it. Our very lives depend on the healthcare we receive. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being turned down for almost everything, while people in the healthcare industry rake in high salaries and outrageous bonuses out of my premiums. I repeat that healthcare and profits cannot coexist together.
I hope you share your thoughts with the president.
It is worth the time.