For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been under intense pressure to drop the public health insurance option.
But on Monday he defied insurance lobbyists, political pundits, and conservatives of both parties by announcing that he'll include a public option in the Senate floor bill.
That's the kind of courageous leadership we need for victory on health care. But the fight's not over yet: Sen. Reid is still under fire from conservatives, including some in his own party, who will stop at nothing to kill the public option.
In this critical moment, we've got to show that thousands of Americans have his back and are fired up to fight alongside him. So we're placing a full-page ad in key newspapers on Capitol Hill and in his home state of Nevada with the names of thousands of Americans thanking Senator Harry Reid for his leadership.
Will you sign the ad? Clicking here will add your name:
The ad says: "Senator Reid, thank you for your leadership on health care reform. We're standing with you in the fight for real health care reform with the choice of a public health insurance option."
For months, progressives have been demanding that health care reform include a robust public health insurance option that's affordable and available to everyone.
And while we've still got a long way to go, Sen. Reid's decision this week bucked the conventional wisdom and made clear that Democrats in Congress aren't going to stop fighting for the public option, the key to real health care reform.
But to win, we need to show we've got his back. Click here to add your name to the ad thanking Sen. Reid:
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Eli, Kat, Ilya, and the rest of the team
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