My email from President Obama

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I received the following email today….and I took action to give my views on the Healthcare debate.  You can too.

Joanne —

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.

Thank you,

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.

Thank you,

Mitch Stewart
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.

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  1. MsJoanne,

    I happened to write to our president today regarding DADT.

    The fact that the White House provides a five thousand word space for comments suggests a lot.

    Anyway, here’s what I submitted:

    President Obama, Sir,

    I respectfully remind you that your Office is not a personal domain, but a public one.
    Regardless of your personal feelings about certain issues you must also give considerable weight to both those who elected you and to the nation as a whole, as you are constitutionally bound to do as our President.

    In this particular instance I refer to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, under which otherwise honorable and valuable service-men and -women are summarily discharged for simply being honest about their sexuality despite there being no evidence of their sexuality having any bearing on their professionalism in the conduct of their duties–which include accepting the distinct possibility of horrible injury or death as a consequence of their service to the nation and its Commander in Chief.

    It is a matter of recent public record that declared homosexuality in the military is now no longer a significant issue for most of the rank or the file, and a majority of the non-serving public now acknowledges the right of homosexuals to serve our nation without prejudice.

    Those in the service that are still opposed offer only the same excuses used against Japanese-Americans and African-Americans during World War II, and against women in the late 2oth Century, and I would remind you, sir, that such prejudiced service-members are nonetheless bound by duty, military law and the Constitution to obey the authority of the Commander in Chief which is your responsibility to exercise in the best interests of the military and the nation.

    I am not alone in failing to see how the summary dismissal of skilled personnel (in which our tax dollars have been invested and which the personnel themselves are invested) simply based on their admission of homosexual preference (which is not a choice–unlike religion or personal politics) serves the national interest.
    I (and millions of other voters) fail to understand how their selection for arbitrary dismissal is any different from the institutional rejection of African-Americans (who in comparison couldn’t choose their skin-color), whom the white military hierarchy referred to as “niggers” even as those same “niggers” fought and died in WWII, Korea and Vietnam (and in the Civil War).

    Under DADT, serving homosexuals are as ‘guilty’ of their sexuality as African-Americans were of being “niggers”.

    If undeclared homosexuals die instantly for whatever cause their commitment to the military bids them to serve, they are lauded as heroes by all and sundry as long as their homosexuality remains a secret.
    But if they confess their homosexuality in their death-throes, the military hierarchy has the ‘legal right’ and supposedly moral prerogative to declare their service and their death “dishonorable”, and to deny them and their families any and all honors or benefits their sacrifice would otherwise have accrued.

    Think about it, Mr. President.

    There are indeed undeclared homosexuals who have their very lives in your hands and who are even now being maimed and killed in the service of this nation and its institutions which you now direct and can significantly affect by the authority vested in you by a democratic system of government “by the people, of the people and for the people” that you, under solemn oath, are pledged to uphold.

    Is the life and service of a declared “abomination” worth less than that of a heterosexual, even if he or she is a “nigger”? Does the homosexual sacrifice of limb or life matter less due to false pretenses that the military and by extension its Commander in Chief imposes or simply allows to let stand?

    I was absolutely thrilled to vote for you Mr. President and I appreciate the difference between the possible and the pragmatic. I don’t envy you the extraordinary problems and issues you have to face, practically and politically and you constantly impress me.

    But on the DADT issue your current ambivalence serves neither politics nor pragmatism, either short- or long-term.

    I implore you to address DADT with the leadership and empathy you have demonstrated on other issues and that you are surely capable-of.

    I ask you to at least suspend the application of DADT by Executive Order, for the purpose of halting the bigoted and arbitrary sanctions it permits which serve no practical (let-alone moral) national purpose.
    Furthermore I implore you to acknowledge and act upon the will of the people and work to ensure homosexuals serve in the military as equals of heterosexual citizen-soldiers, just as Lincoln worked to give “the niggers” basic human rights, the Roosevelt’s worked to give serving “niggers” the respect they deserved and John and Robert Kennedy worked with Martin Luther King to provide “the niggers” with civil rights and true representation—despite entrenched political and social opposition.

    Mr. President, you have the power and support to stop the fruitless and damaging discrimination against homosexuals in the military. End it, and let them serve with the honor they deserve.

    Nonetheless I do not regret my vote and appreciate your service.

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