With all the Health Care Reform brouhaha about losing the public option (which I want 100 %!) it may seem that we Democrats are losing the Health Care Reform battle – that’s not true. Don’t believe the hype.
No, we are not getting everything we want (neither is anyone else) but the chances of us getting everything we wanted with hundreds of law makers voting in Congress and needing 60 votes in the Senate was never realistic…it wasn’t going to happen; not ever. There are too many politicians with specific political interests and geographical interests to make any one group or region completely happy.
But let us not forget the prize — Health Care Reform. Let us re-focus. I know we’re in the middle of Hanukkah and Christmas is next week but we must get this done.
Even without the public option an additional 33 million Americans will receive health care benefits – we want that. Even without the public option all insurance companies will legally have to cover you and me and our families and friends and neighbors regardless of pre-existing conditions – we want that. We have NEVER had that in American health care before. That is major!!! That is worth it to me. Plus there are other benefits even without the public option.
Don’t forget that when Health Care Reform is passed it WILL be tweaked in the upcoming months and even years to come so that things that seem to be lost now can be added later.
The important thing is to PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW so that we have a foundation to build on; we can always make the bill better later. If we don’t pass Health Care Reform now the precedence will be set that says we really don’t care about Health Care Reform and we will probably never see health care pass in the next 30 years — we can’t wait 30 more years!!! Remember that this fight has been going on for over 60 years!!! This is the closest we have ever been so let’s get this done in 2009.
Please contact your elected officials and tell them to PASS AMERICA’S HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!
You’ll find links to e-mail, tweet, postal addresses, and phone numbers for key elected officials from our President to State Legislators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml. All you have to do is enter your zip code and your elected officials’ information will pop up.
Keep your eyes on the prize. Call your elected officials today!!!