Dear MoveOn member,
Just moments ago, the House of Representatives passed a sweeping overhaul of our health care system—a major progressive victory that will rein in the worst insurance abuses and expand health care to 32 million Americans.1
Amazing. After decades of attempts, this is a historic achievement. The bill is far from perfect. But your work and that of progressives throughout this fight made it much stronger—even bringing it back from the dead when many Democrats were ready to give up in January.2 You should feel incredibly proud!
But we have one final push to make this week. There's one more crucial Senate vote to make key progressive fixes—many to help insure more low-income families—to the final package.
Can you sign our petition urging the Senate to move immediately to vote on the final piece of health care reform? Click here to sign the petition:
The petition says: "The House has passed historic health care reform. Now it's time for the Senate to finish the job. Pass the final fixes to the health care bill immediately."
We wouldn't be at this historic juncture without you and so many other progressives. In the last year, MoveOn members held over 5,000 rallies and vigils, and deluged Congress with millions of petition signatures, emails, personal visits, and phone calls.
Then, after the Massachusetts election, when too many Democrats were ready to give up, progressives refused to let health care die. MoveOn and our allies showed Congress that voters wanted them to stand up and fight, and—as a recent New York Times article revealed3—our friends in Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the Progressive Caucus, stood tall and refused to let the White House and or the Senate give up.
Of course, there's a lot more work left to do together to achieve truly universal coverage, not to mention fighting for a public option. But today's victory is an incredible accomplishment and a momentous first step that wouldn't have happened without incredible organizing by you, millions nationwide, our allies in Congress, and so many others.
And we've come too far to let the Senate off the hook on this final vote. The Senate still needs to pass a crucial package of fixes that progressives successfully demanded be included in the final health care bill. These include increased subsidies to help low-income families afford insurance, more federal support for state Medicaid programs, an additional $30 billion cut from the deficit, and more. The House only agreed to vote today because the Senate promised to pass these fixes—and now it's time to hold them to their promise.
Can you sign our petition today? We'll deliver your signatures and comments to the Senate on Monday.
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Eli, Carrie, Justin, and the rest of the team
P.S. 219 of our representatives stood strong for regular Americans and voted "yes" today—and 212 chose to side with Big Insurance instead. Click here to see how your member of Congress voted. Then send them a note to either thank them for their vote, or let them know how disappointed you are. (Here's the URL: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87279&id=19491-10220574-q0qYfMx&t=6)
1. "House Approves Landmark Bill to Extend Health Care to Millions," The New York Times, March 21, 2010
2. "Health Vote Caps a Journey Back From the Brink," The New York Times, March 20, 2010
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