Dear MoveOn member,
News just broke that President Obama will give a major speech on health care before Congress on Wednesday where he'll lay out what he thinks needs to be in the health care bill.
What will he say? This morning, The New York Times reported that the president remains committed to a bold reform plan, including a robust public health insurance option. But the reality is that he is under immense pressure from conservatives in both parties—and some advisers—to drop it.
This is a critical crossroads and our President needs to hear from you right away.
President Obama ran a campaign based on real change—he talked about challenging the status quo, breaking the stranglehold that corporate lobbyists had over our politics, and standing up to special interests.
We know that change does not come easily. But in difficult moments throughout our history we have always looked to our leaders to push beyond politics and do what is right for our country. This is one of those times.
Can you sign this petition and let President Obama know that you're counting on him to fight hard for a bold health care reform bill which includes a public health insurance option? We need to show him we'll fight right alongside him if he does. You can send him a personal message at the link below too.
The petition says: President Obama, we're counting on you to fight for bold change on health care—including a strong public health insurance option. It's the key to breaking the stranglehold that private insurers have over our health care system.
Making good on his campaign commitment to bring real change to Washington is the most difficult as well as the most necessary part of reforming our health care system.
HMOs and health insurance companies are fighting to kill the public health insurance option. Republicans have made it clear that they don't intend to help reform health care. And some conservative Democrats are so afraid of standing up to special interests that they are pushing for the weakest version of reform.
But the worst thing would be to pass a big reform bill that doesn't really change things. There's only one thing that's really going to cut costs, provide real security and peace of mind to the millions of Americans who are suffering, and take on the big insurance companies who have complete control of our system. That is the public health insurance option.
During his campaign, President Obama often said that he believed that change had to come from the bottom up—-not from the top down.
So right now, at this critical moment, it is up to all of us to speak out and let President Obama know what millions of Americans across the country want. Click here to tell the President that you're counting on him to do the right thing:
The public health insurance option represents the change that Americans everywhere rallied around—it's our best chance to break the stranglehold of a broken, corporate for-profit system and bring true affordable care to all Americans.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Ilyse, Nita, Kat, and the rest of the team
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