There is still a chance for real health care reform to happen. And there is a lot that all of us can do to help. According to polls most Americans want a public option to compete with private insurers. A public option is still possible and it is essential if we are going to have real health care reform. Big insurance and pharmaceutical companies don't want these reforms. That's why they are using their lobbying muscle and campaign contributions to stop them. What they call health care reform is thirty million new customers that will be required to buy health insurance along with tens of millions of boomers moving into the same old medicare. It'll b e a bonanza for them. But every dollar of added profit they'll get from he bill that comes out of congress will be another dollar out of your pocket that you will have to pay in higher insurance premiums and the cost of drugs.
What can we do? Well, first, don't be fooled into believing it's over. That's what the medical-industrial complex wants you to believe. If you make a ruckus and get all of your friends to join in as well, we can win this - for ourselves, for our children, and for their children. Each one of your elected representatives is keenly aware of how much effort you put into contacting them, so do what you can right now. E mail is better than nothing. A phone call is better than an e mail - a hand written letter is better than a phone call. A visit to their state or district office is even better - and a visit to their office in Washington DC is best of all.
The important thing is to reach out to your elected representatives to tell them how important the public option is.
Over the next few weeks house and senate leaders will put together bills to be voted on in each chamber and then go to a conference committee. The House will pass a pretty good bill and the president is on record as supporting the public option.
In the Senate though, it's a different story. Certain senators, although democrats, stand in the way of real reform. Now is the time to really raise some hell. Let's call them out! Don't let Big Pharma and Insurance take away YOUR money. You should have the right to choose a lower cost public option if you want. Any member of congress that that disagrees is voting for big pharma and insurance and against you.
AND IF THEY VOTE AGAINST YOU ON THIS - REMEMBER IT AND THEN VOTE AGAINST THEM WHEN THEY ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION.
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