I have a favor to ask you all. No, my health is fine. But a friend of mine just posted on her Facebook page that she got her earring ball stuck in her ear canal... and she wanted advice on how to get it out, since she couldn't afford the emergency room fee.
I'm writing to ask you, right now, to call and/or email the White House, your Senators, and your Congressperson, and tell them that you strongly support the public option for health care. (Just four phone calls. Numbers are at the end of this email.)
The public option is far, far better than the co-op option that's currently being floated. (Here's a good article about why.) But almost as importantly:
We can't let a handful of misinformed extremists screaming at town hall meetings set the terms of this debate. If we let that happen, they will do the same thing over every important policy debate, for the rest of this administration. We have to let corporate special interests -- in this case, the insurance industry -- know that they can't derail the will of the voters by whipping up fear in the far right. They have a powerful stake in preserving the status quo. If they succeed this time, they are never going to stop.
We have to kick up just as big a stink as the far right. (Less obnoxiously, of course.) And we have to do it now. It wasn't enough to win the 2008 election. The fight for a progressive agenda in this country isn't over -- it's just beginning. We have to let our government know that this matters to us every bit as much as it does to the crazy teabaggers. They won't know if we don't tell them. Call and/or email the White House, your Senators, and your Congressperson. Do it today. It's just four phone calls. (And if you haven't already, put those phone numbers in your speed dial/ contacts list/ address book, and bookmark these webpages, so it's easier to do this the next time around.)
Contact info for the White House:
202/456-1111 (line may be busy, try emailing)
Email the White House
If you're in California:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Email Speaker Pelosi
Senator Barbara Boxer
Email Senator Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Email Senator Feinstein
If you're not in California:
Here's the main Congressional switchboard number:
And here's the Congressional directory.
It is completely insane that my friend has to rely on her Facebook friends for health care. It is completely insane that her first and best instinct when she has a health care crisis -- to go to the emergency room, for heaven's sake -- has to be carefully considered, since she may not be able to afford it. The public option is not an extremist policy: it is already a compromise from single payer, making the co-op option a compromise on top of a compromise. Please do not let the far right shove the moderate, centrist position even further to the right. Do not let them set the terms of this debate. Make your voice heard now. Thanks.