If you support a public option for healthcare reform, there’s a campaign going on right now to get senators to commit in writing to whether or not they support a public option (Chris Bowers has more details). You should also write your president–I’ve heard rumors that, even though a huge majority support a public option, the White House is getting astroturfed (besides, Obama talks pretty, but action has been thin on the ground–let’s ‘encourage’ him). Here’s what I wrote to our president:
Dear President Obama,
Recently, you announced your support for a public option for healthcare. I urge you to stand up to those Democrats in Congress (the Republicans are a lost cause, and I wish your administration would realize that) who oppose a public option. As healthcare costs keep spiraling out of control, they are crowding out our ability to do all of the other things our country needs to do today and in the future.
The best way to control costs is to have a public option for healthcare, so the market force of competition can keep the private companies from gouging working Americans.
Since three health insurance executives recently testified that they refuse to limit rescission of health care, it should be clear that the public needs an insurer committed to the public’s health, not shareholder profits. And we need this today, not several years from now, after some “trigger” kicks in. How many people will suffer or die while buying time for the insurance companies?
When you ran for office, you talked about “change.” When it comes to our nation’s health, now is the time for change. Yet, it appears that the same companies and the same lobbyists still have sway even though 76% of Americans in a recent poll support a public option [pdf]. And we were told–by you, no less–that we needed to elect Democrats to get enough votes for healthcare. Well, we did that, and now, we are told that there are not enough votes.
Mr. President, we did our job, and now, we need you to do yours. Find the votes.
I ask that you stand firm on your commitment to a public option without a “trigger.” More than 40 million Americans are unable to afford healthcare. Rescission by health insurers is widespread. If that does not count as a trigger, what does?
Thank you for your time and attention.
You might be able to do something about this, unlike a lot of other things you see the news. Now go email him.