Friday, March 21, 2014

"What it looks like to stand up and fight on health care"

Dear MoveOn member,

I want to take a brief moment to update you on where we're at with the lawsuit that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's administration has filed against MoveOn.

Thanks to the support of MoveOn members like you, we're vigorously defending ourselves against the suit—which even The Washington Post's conservative legal writer agrees has no merit—and unapologetically doubling down on our campaign to expand Medicaid for the millions of Americans for whom Republicans are denying health care.1

National media, grassroots activists, and political elites are taking notice. And as MoveOn's executive director Anna Galland told nearly a million Americans on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes Tuesday night, MoveOn members are showing "what it looks like to stand up and fight on health care."

Click here to watch MoveOn Executive Director Anna Galland give an update on the campaign on national television—and sign up to receive text messages about urgent opportunities to get involved:

MoveOn Executive Director Anna Galland   on Chris Hayes

As Anna told Chris Hayes, this lawsuit would be "almost funny if the stakes weren't so high." By not expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in 25 states are telling more than 5 million people that they should live without health care.

Two weeks ago, Bobby Jindal's lieutenant governor threatened MoveOn with a lawsuit if we didn't remove our billboard criticizing Jindal's decision to deny health care for 242,000 of his own constituents. We didn't back down, and instead went on the air with a TV ad, funded by MoveOn members, standing by our campaign.

Since then, nearly 20,000 MoveOn members have chipped in as part of an emergency request to fight back against the bogus lawsuit, which Louisiana filed last Friday, and to expand the campaign to more states like Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma, where MoveOn members are joining with allies to fight back against Republican obstruction.

Yesterday, more than 50 MoveOn members gathered in downtown New Orleans to enroll the lunchtime crowd in JindalCare, the governor's fake health care plan that promises "no application, no insurance card, and no health care at all!" And they did it with a brass band playing some classic New Orleans jazz! Check it out:

Louisiana MoveOn members   roll out JindalCare

And as we approach the enrollment deadline for Obamacare at the end of the month—a key moment to recognize that millions of Americans who didn't have insurance before now will—look out for opportunities we'll let you know about to get involved in the final push.

The power of all of us—8 million MoveOn members—is growing the momentum for Medicaid expansion every day. No matter what state you're from—whether your governor has expanded Medicaid or not—it's time to join this campaign. The pressure we're putting on Bobby Jindal and other Republican governors is bringing more national attention to the fight for Medicaid expansion and health care for all—giving MoveOn members and allies room to make progress in every state still holding out.

If you're excited by the campaign's recent success and ready to lend a hand, sign up to receive text messages about urgent opportunities to get involved.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Jessica, David, Mark, and the rest of the team


1. "Louisiana official trying to stop MoveOn's use of Louisiana tourism slogan," The Washington Post, March 17, 2014

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