Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

The health care debate is the biggest political story of the year.

But what the media and Congress seem to forget is that it’s not just about politics or policy minutiae. It’s about real people who are really suffering under our broken health care system—and can’t afford to wait any longer for real reform.

That’s why, today, MoveOn members are holding health care vigils across the country—including a virtual vigil online for those who can’t make it to an event. These are shaping up to be our biggest and most powerful events of the year.

Click here to look for a vigil near you tonight:


And all day today, we’re holding an online virtual vigil where you can read about other MoveOn members who can’t afford to wait, see their faces, and even hear their stories. Plus, you can add a candle to the online vigil for yourself or someone else you know.

Many of those who need health reform the most can’t make it out of the house to attend vigils in their communities. This virtual vigil is a place for everyone to meet up and share stories about why health care reform is so important.

Check out the virtual vigil by clicking here:


Hope you can join us at one or both events, and thanks again for all you do.

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Key leaders in Washington are now saying that any health care reform will—and must—include a public health insurance option.1,2Perry White

The big challenge now? Opponents of reform are trotting out weak half-measures and calling them “public plans,”3 with the goal of leaving us with a public health insurance option in name only. The latest is a proposal for “co-ops”—small, regional insurers that would be too weak to bring costs down or compete with existing private insurance.4

We have to push back right away and with a clear message: Americans demand a strong public health insurance option, one that is available to everyone, national in scope with real bargaining clout, ready to go on day one, and truly public.

Can you write a letter to the editor about how important it is to include a strong public health insurance option in reform this year? Our tool makes writing a letter really simple. You can send the letter right from our website—it only takes a few minutes:


If you’ve never written a letter to the editor before, now is the time to send your first. The letters page is one of the most widely read—and most important—in local newspapers. Members of Congress and their staffs read it to understand how their constituents are feeling. And the media read it as feedback on their coverage.3

Here are a few key points for your letter on what a strong public health insurance option should look like:

* Available to all of us: A strong public health insurance option should be available to anyone who chooses to participate. If you like your current plan, you can keep it; if you want to participate in the public health insurance plan, you can choose to do so.

* A national plan with real bargaining clout: In order to truly control costs and compete with private health insurance plans, a strong public health insurance option must be available nationwide.

* Ready on day one: Every day we wait on real reform, health care costs continue to rise. A strong public health insurance option right out of the gate is key to building a competitive program that will help control costs.

* A truly public plan: To ensure it’s held to the highest standards of accountability, a public health insurance option must be truly publicly run—accountable and transparent to Congress and to voters.

A robust public health insurance option is the linchpin of real reform that will help bring costs down and provide coverage for all Americans. If thousands of us write to our local papers, we can make sure our representatives in Washington understand how crucial it is to voters like us. Please click here to get started:



1. “Pelosi: Health Care Reform Can’t Pass Without Public Option,” The Huffington Post, June 11, 2009.


2. “CONFIRMED: Kennedy Bill Will Have Public Health Insurance Option,” Health Care for America Now, June 9, 2009.


3. “Co-op compromise gives White House a health option,” The Associated Press, June 14, 2009.


4.”A Co-Op for the Public Option? Let’s Talk Principles,” The Now! Blog, June 12, 2009.


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congressWould health insurance companies have to compete if there was a public insurance option? Would it keep private companies honest? Does competition equal socialism?  Is public and private options the best way? Will all the great doctors of the US  move to some remote island? Will Congress actually fix this broken system called “health care”? Read on…

Get this: If Congress passes Obama’s plan and Americans are given the choice of a public health insurance option similar to Medicare, we could all save up to 30% on our health care premiums.1 That’s a huge savings, and we’d still get high-quality coverage and be able to choose our doctors.

And even if you choose to keep your current insurance, you’d save anyway. You see, HMOs and big insurance companies are the only game in town right now—so they overcharge us to boost profits and pay out CEO bonuses. If Obama’s plan passes, they’d have to compete with it, and their prices would have to be more honest.

Lower premiums for us means lower profits for them, so insurance companies are putting extreme pressure on Congress to drop the public health insurance option. But Americans deserve to have this choice—and it’s necessary to help rein in out-of-control health care costs.

Imagine how different things would be if we all had quality health care that costs up to 30% less than what we’re paying now. Would you use the money toward college for a child? A safe retirement? Or maybe you’ll finally be able to afford the treatment or medicines you need.

Can you click the link below to tell Congress how Obama’s public health insurance option would change your life? We’ll send all the answers to Congress, as part of our campaign to make sure we get real health care reform this year.


The simple truth is that having the choice of a public health insurance option would make all of our lives better. Here’s why:

  • Health care costs are spiraling out of control. From 2000 to 2008, health insurance premiums increased five times faster than wages.2
  • A public health insurance option would provide an affordable, quality alternative. Two new studies show that Americans could save 25% or more off of a traditional private plan.3 The New York Times says this would “keep the private plans honest.”4 They’ll have to lower rates and offer better value to compete.
  • Plus, a public health insurance option would be reliable coverage for all. Private insurers are notorious for dumping people with little notice.5 A public option would allow consumers who’ve been dropped—or just don’t like their current coverage—to switch to a steady public choice. 
  • Thankfully, the public health insurance option is gaining steam in Congress. The 77-member Progressive Caucus recently endorsed the policy.6 And the chairmen of five critical congressional committees came out in support.7

    Now we need to get the rest of Washington on board. Can you help by telling Congress how the choice would help you?



    1.”The Path to a High Performance U.S. Health System,” The Commonwealth Fund, February 19, 2009

    2. “Health Insurance Costs Outpace Wages,” WebMD, October 23, 2008

    3.”The Path to a High Performance U.S. Health System,” The Commonwealth Fund, February 19, 2009

    “The Cost and Coverage Impacts of a Public Plan: Alternative Design Options,” The Lewin Group, April 6, 2009

    4.”A Public Plan for Health Insurance?” The New York Times, April 6, 2009

    5. “Obama Should Offer Public Health Insurance to All,” The Progressive, March 13, 2009

    6. “Progressive Caucus Draws a Line on Health Care,” Open Left, April 2, 2009

    7. “Democrats Agree on a Health Plan: Now Comes the Hard Part,” New York Times, March 31, 2009

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    My views are usually moderate. Except when it comes to healthcare. The time is now to finally let our elected officials know that too many people can’t afford and /or cut the red tape when it comes to affordable care. This came in my email . If you believe that the healthcare system needs change,howard


    Here’s Howard Dean’s Letter.

    I have an announcement. After four exciting years in Washington, I’m hitting the campaign trail again! Only this time, I’m campaigning to help President Obama win health care for all.

    During the election, President Obama proposed a health care plan that would give every American the freedom to choose between keeping their private insurance—if they have any—and choosing a universally available public health insurance option like Medicare.

    But for-profit insurance companies and HMOs are already working hard to strip this public health insurance option from any upcoming health care bill. They don’t want us to have a choice, and they’ll stop at nothing to kill real reform. Trouble is, some in Congress are siding with the insurance companies—and against what’s best for the rest of us.

    Today, we draw a line in the sand. A public health insurance option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans. And to show that we mean business, we all need to tell Congress we won’t settle for less.

    If 250,000 of you sign this petition, I will personally deliver it to Congress. Clicking here will add your name:


    Here’s our message to Congress: “Give America a choice. We support health care reform that allows individual Americans to choose either a universally available public health care option like Medicare or for-profit private insurance. A public option is the only way to guarantee health care for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the health care reform America needs.”

    The fight is heating up over whether or not to include the public health insurance option. This is going to be the biggest fight in the debate over health care reform. It would take the power away from the private insurance companies that have driven up costs and denied coverage for years—and they’re dead set against it.

    But I’ve seen firsthand what people power can accomplish.And I know I can count on MoveOn members to help lead the charge.

    Now is our moment to stand up. Together, we can generate broad-based support for a public health insurance option. We will need to canvass our neighborhoods, call our elected leaders, and arrange meetings with members of Congress in the coming months.

    Our goal today is to show Congress that we are many and ready to fight. Can you click here to stand with me?


    After you add your name, spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. Send a personal email and include a link to the website, update your Facebook status to tell people about the campaign, write a blog post about why you support this campaign—we need all hands on deck to win this fight.

    Thank you for all you do.

    Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.

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    Trader sailed a jeweled crown
    Humanity rowed the way
    Exploring to command more land
    Scheming how to rule the waves.
    Trader spied a virgin plain
    And named it for velvet robes
    Wrote home declaring,
    “there’s a place
    Where totally folks are free
    (happily completely)
    Nourishment fills the prairies and the hillsides
    And animals stalk the mountains and the seaside
    And fish abound the lakes and birds the skies..

    “Trader” – The Beach Boys

    Remember “change” ? I voted for it. Why? Energy and Healthcare. Especially Healthcare (Healthcare is capitalized because its that important to me). We are so close to health reform. Yet there are those even in the Democratic Party would plot to kill it.

    I received this in my email today. I don’t always see eye to eye with these guys, but support is desperately needed NOW…

    We knew the Republicans were going to be a problem when President Obama called on Congress to invest in a clean-energy economy and universal health care.

    But now, according to a Capitol Hill newspaper, some conservative Democratic senators are “quietly maneuvering to keep open the option of vetoing two of President Barack Obama’s most ambitious agenda items this year—climate change and health care reform.”1

    This is the nightmare scenario: a few conservative Democrats teaming up with Republicans to stop the progressive pieces of the President’s agenda. So we’re launching a major campaign to make sure Democratic senators hear loud and clear from their constituents that we need them to back Obama’s proposals.

    The campaign is volunteer-driven, but it takes money to make training videos, develop hard-hitting ads, and pay the community organizers who recruit and manage the volunteers. Can you contribute $15 per month to help save clean energy and health care reform? Click here:

    Yes, I’ll chip in monthly.

    No, I can’t right now.

    It’s easy to contribute monthly and you can cancel at any time.

    You see, what’s happening here is that these conservative Democrats are facing enormous pressure from Republicans and corporate lobbyists in Washington, but they’re not hearing enough from progressives back home in their districts or states. So we’re building the infrastructure to inject a massive jolt of people power into the conversation.

    It starts this weekend, with a wave of nearly 200 community meetings organized by local volunteers, and it builds from there until we’re mobilizing hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members to pressure their senators and representatives in their home states and districts.

    Can you chip in $15 monthly so we can push these conservative Democrats right away, and then keep the pressure on until we win the change we need? Click here:

    Yes, I’ll chip in monthly: https://pol.moveon.org/donate/progressive.html?id=15798-11381997-klbhDHx&t=5

    No, I can’t right now: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51252&id=15798-11381997-klbhDHx&t=6

    Thanks for all you do.

    –Adam, Michael, Justin, Marika and the rest of the team

    1. “Centrists Flex Power of Veto”, Roll Call, March 18, 2009. http://www.rollcall.com/issues/54_104/news/33248-1.html

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    When my angel comes home
    It’s been hell bein’ here alone
    God tell me, why has she flown
    So far away
    I pray she won’t stay another day
    I’ll be in heaven when my angel comes home
    Please come home

    “Angel Come Home”-The Beach Boys

    I watched this and I stopped. There comes a time when all of us are changed by an event. Forever. Death creates situations that either turns families bitter or turns them into heroes. The Downings lost their twelve year old daughter to suicide and not in the ways that you may think…

    The Downings are Heroes and I hope all of you who watch this clip spread the word in any way you can.

    I want them to know that they’re not alone. That their angel is “home”.

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    This is the type of supporter that every candidate wishes she or he had…the reporter tosses a battery of questions at this potential Obama voter and he answers the questions without flinching! But it is this young man’s last statement thats priceless!

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