Dear MoveOn member,
On Tuesday, we ran a full-page ad in USA Today, signed by thousands of MoveOn members, sending a simple message to Democrats: fight, don't fold, on health care.
The message seems to be breaking through with some in Washington. On Wednesday, President Obama told Congress to "finish the job" on health care.1 And on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi insisted, "...we're going to get health care reform passed," saying, "If the gate's closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we'll pole-vault in. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in."2
But a huge roadblock remains: the U.S. Senate. Conservatives are pushing hard to delay or drop health care, while Senate leadership is sending mixed signals.3
We urgently need to make sure every single Democrat in the Senate gets the message: it's time to stand up and fight. So we're flooding their offices with faxes telling them just that. Can you send a free fax to your senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, today?
Click here to send a fax now:
If the Senate stalls on health care, the whole effort is in jeopardy. And we simply can't afford to wait any longer for real reform—not with millions of Americans suffering from a lack of insurance, sky-rocketing costs, and bankruptcies caused by medical debt.
What's more, there's a clear path for Senate Democrats to finish reform right. Through a process called "budget reconciliation," they can do it with just 51 votes.
The question isn't can they or should they, but will they? So right now, with all eyes on the Senate, they need to hear from voters demanding action to pass comprehensive health care reform now.
Can you send Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand a free fax right away? Just click here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Ilyse, Carrie, Wes, and the rest of the team
1. "Transcript: Obama's State of the Union," ABC News, January 27, 2010
2. "Pelosi: Obama's Health Care Appeal 'Very Powerful' And 'Helpful To Us,'" The Plum Line, January 28, 2010
3. "Lincoln and Bayh Vow to Oppose Budget Reconciliation," The New York Times, January 26, 2010
"Reid: 'No Rush' On Health Care," The Washington Post, January 26, 2010
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