Great news: Senate progressives are organizing their colleagues to fight for the public health insurance option. Can you call Senator Charles Schumer and urge him to join in?
Right now Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Senate leaders are deciding what to include in the health care bill that goes to the Senate floor this month—and he's paying close attention to what his fellow Democratic senators are saying about it.
So Senators Sherrod Brown, Jay Rockefeller, and Russ Feingold have written a letter to Reid insisting that the bill include the public option, because it's the only way to create real competition and hold insurance companies accountable.
The Brown letter is a big opportunity to build momentum for the public health insurance option in the Senate. Can you call Sen. Schumer and urge him to sign?
Here's where to call:
Senator Charles Schumer
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Sen. Reid has publicly expressed his support for the public option1—which has been included in bills already passed by four out of five congressional committees. But he's facing unrelenting pressure from conservative senators and industry lobbyists who oppose it.
That's why it's so important right now for progressive members of Congress to band together in support of the public option.
Already over 60 members of the House have taken a pledge to vote only for a bill that includes it.2
Now, with this new letter being organized in the Senate, we've got a chance to show that any bill without a public option is a nonstarter.
Can you call Sen. Schumer right away and urge him to sign the Brown letter?
Thanks for all you do.
–-Nita, Laura, Marika, Kat, and the rest of the team
1. "Reid: Final health bill will have a 'public option'," Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 1, 2009
2. "60 Members of Congress Say 'No Public Plan, No Conference,'" Firedoglake, August 17, 2009
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