Dear MoveOn member,
That's the total number of positive stories about the Affordable Care Act on the ABC and NBC Nightly News in the first two months of Obamacare. At the same time, they ran nearly wall-to-wall negative stories.1
Clearly, there were serious problems with the rollout that deserved attention. But zero stories about the largest expansion of health care access in decades? That's just irresponsible journalism.
And it's having real-world consequences. Some people are actually choosing not to enroll because of all the bad news—and with just 14 weeks left to enroll, some of those people could be left out in the cold.2
MoveOn is launching a major effort to highlight all the great things happening because of Obamacare. And thousands of people have already volunteered to share their stories publicly—stories of lives saved and families kept out of bankruptcy—but we still need to raise money to pay for organizers and ads to get these stories out and overcome the media's obsessive attacks on Obamacare. This will be a long-term battle—can you chip in $5 per month to help defend Obamacare?
Giving monthly is the best way to support MoveOn, because it helps us keep our overhead costs low and plan for the future. And you can change or stop your donations at any time.
MoveOn member Selena Martinez is a perfect example of a success story that has the power to change what voters think of Obamacare. Selena's daughter has lupus, a life-threatening disease, and can only get health care today because of Obamacare.
But the mainstream media have refused to cover her story—so with MoveOn's help, she collected 70,000 petition signatures and organized a protest in New York City to demand that CBS News pay attention to how Obamacare is saving her family.
There are thousands of MoveOn members with similar stories. We've assembled some of the most powerful stories and already shared them with media outlets and members of Congress. But we need to do more—so MoveOn's rapid-response team is preparing some of the most compelling to speak out publicly.
These individual success stories are especially effective at getting local news coverage, which is important because that's where most voters still get the majority of their news.
We can win the debate over Obamacare—but only if we stop apologizing and go on offense. Can you donate $5 per month to help pay for organizers and ads to draw attention to these Obamacare success stories?
Thanks for all you do.
–Mark, Steven, Matt B., Jessica, and the rest of the team
P.S. Right now, we're $441,300 short of where we need to be by December 31 in order to be in a strong position heading into a big election year. Will you chip in to keep MoveOn healthy heading into 2014?
1. "Network News Coverage Of Obamacare Rollout Overwhelmingly Negative," Media Matters for America, December 11, 2013
2. "Few uninsured young people say they'll sign up for Obamacare," The Washington Post, December 4, 2013
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