You have our back, and we have your back, Barack Obama.
You fight for us, and we fight for you and your agenda.
Yesterday, I told you about the Coalition which was formed, almost overnight, which on February 24th will take the fight for healthcare reform to Washington DC. MoveON, DFA, Progressive Congress, SEIU and HCAN, with more organizations joining.
If you haven't already registered to make your voice heard on February 24th, please do so.
Repeat after me, please: Wednesday, February 24th, a day Washington will never forget.
And introducing. . .
THE GET THE JOB DONE BRIGADE
This Brigade is all of us. We all owe it our children, grandchildren, and to President Obama to participate on 2/24. History will not be kind to us if we sit this one out.
Not even one of us can sit and do nothing on 2/24. This means we put aside our differences and we fight together and collectively for Health Care Reform.
And as we approach what I believe will be an historic day, February 24th, 2010, I want to tell you why we need everybody, not just the dependable worker bees.
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Why is this story even more relevant and important today? Here's why. It's up to all of you to send a Tsunami of outrage to Washington on Wednesday, February 24th. If you do your job, you'll be the wind beneath the sails of Barack Obama, the man we elected to make healthcare for all Americans a reality.
President Obama needs us to help him get the job done.
We all have our own vision of what we believe healthcare reform must look like. But we share one common goal--it must get done. The day it gets done, is the day, we start the work of improving it.
I'm one of the people profoundly impacted by relentless and uncontrolled insurer price gouging. The story about egregious price gouging by the Murder By Spreadsheet insurer Anthem against policy holders in California is not news to those of us who have been dealing with this organized larceny against working Americans for many long years. Health care reform is deeply personal for me, and this is why I man the barricades of this crusade day-in and day-out.
If we do our work on 2/24, the media will wake up and take note. They will know, the GET THE JOB DONE BRIGADE are bigger, stronger, meaner, smarter and more organized than those damn Tbaggers.
THE GET THE JOB DONE BRIGADE will do this via calls, faxes, Tweets, Facebook, emails, telegrams, balloon drops and carrier pigeons. Whatever. It. Takes.
Here's some food for thought, BRIGADERS.
Your message is your own, whatever moves you, but there is one global message: DO YOUR DAMN JOB, PASS HEALTHCARE REFORM
Topline Message: It's time for Washington to stop stalling and pass real health care reform.
Sub-Message: Washington is playing politics as usual. Instead of fixing our broken healthcare system,they look the other way as people are dying. Americans simply cannot wait for comprehensive health care reform - it's time for Democrats to stand up to Big Insurance and their conservative allies, and get reform done right. During the Virtual March for Real Health Care Reform, we'll send a million messages to Congress to make sure they know that voters want them to get to work and get health care done.
Additional Points for Consideration:
The only real hurdles to passing reform are issues of political will, not of procedure.
Democrats still have large majorities in both the House and the Senate. If they have the political will to do so, Democrats can have the Senate pass a "fix" bill through reconciliation that includes changes negotiated with the House.
Passing comprehensive healthcare reform is both good politics and good policy.
Polling of the people who voted for Obama in 2008 and for Republican Scott Brown in 2010 shows that 82% of them support a public option: they believe the failure in DC is that Democrats are not aggressive enough in fighting for them.
Our nation’s health care crisis is not an incremental problem and cannot be fixed with incremental solutions.
We cannot ban denials for pre-existing conditions without mandates; we cannot institute mandates without providing subsidies; and we cannot provide subsidies without raising revenue. All the most popular elements of true meaningful reform are intertwined.
The Public option is gaining momentum.
Support in the Senate for using reconciliation to pass a public option is growing by the day. Currently 18 Senators have signed a letter in support of using reconciliation to pass a public option. In addition, whip counts show that there are the votes needed to pass a public option. In the House, more than 118 members have signed a similar letter.
All we ask, is that you take an action.
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