Dear MoveOn member,
OK, this is amazing: More people believe in UFOs than oppose the public health insurance option.1
Seriously, it's easier to find someone who thinks aliens are landing spaceships in our cornfields than someone who thinks we shouldn't create a public option to keep the insurance companies honest.
The insurance companies are basically the only ones who don't like the public option—which is probably why their industry is spending nearly $5 million per week trying to fight off health care reform in Congress.2
We need to remind our senators that everyday Americans—not space aliens, and not profit-driven insurance executives—support the public health insurance option. Click here to send a free fax about the public option to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:Outside of the Senate, insurance company boardrooms, and Area 51, the support for the public option is overwhelming.
At least two thirds of Americans want the choice of a public plan.3 Fully 73% of doctors, the people who see the moral and medical need up close every day, want a public option.4 And a majority of small-business owners, who know firsthand the economic case for health care reform, back it.5
Yet the health insurance companies—and some subset of the people who believe they've seen flying saucers—oppose it. And somehow, ridiculously, that's put the public option in danger in the Senate.
Can you send this free fax to your senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, to make sure she knows just how popular the public option is?
Thanks for all that you do.
–Nita, Stephen, Kat, Peter, and the rest of the team
P.S. Remember last week's email "from" the public option? Well, it turns out the public option now has its own Twitter feed—@im_publicoption—for important updates and miscellaneous observations on the state of the health care fight. Check it out here:
Sources:1. "More Americans Believe In UFOs Than Oppose A Public Option," Media Matters, September 29, 2009
2. "Insurance and HMO Industries Spend Nearly $700,000 Per Day to Kill Health Care Reform Measures," Public Campaign Action Fund, September 15, 2009.
3. "In Poll, Public Wary of Obama on War and Health," The New York Times, September 24, 2009
4. "Poll Finds Most Doctors Support Public Option," National Public Radio, September 14, 2009
5."Small Business Owners Say Cutting Health Care Costs, Need for Reform are Top Concerns," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, December 3, 2008
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