Now is the time to lobby on health care

/ 8 June 2009

The writing is on the wall. As Robert Reich points out:

All this will be decided within days or weeks. And once those who want to kill the public option without their fingerprints on the murder weapon begin to agree on a proposal -- Snowe's "trigger" or any other -- the public option will be very hard to revive. The White House must now insist on a genuine public option. And you, dear reader, must insist as well.

This is it, folks. The concrete is being mixed and about to be poured. And after it's poured and hardens, universal health care will be with us for years to come in whatever form it now takes. Let your representative and senators know you want a public option without conditions or triggers -- one that gives the public insurer bargaining leverage over drug companies, and pushes insurers to do what they've promised to do. Don't wait until the concrete hardens and we've lost this battle.</blockquote>

If you've ever cared about real health reform in this country, take the time NOW to write an email to your congresspeople. If you've been reading my blog, you know that I'm a passionate supporter of single payer health care. I still am! But it's looking less and less likely. Even if you can't get yourself to go that far (although I hope you'll read this piece by Malcolm Gladwell before you discard that idea completely), NOW is the time to take some action. If each one of us does one small thing, it could have a big impact. If each one of us does one small thing and gets two of our friends to do so -- and so on and on - it could have an ENORMOUS impact.