Last week "Venice For Change" made over a thousand phone calls to constituents of Rep. Jane Harman (D-36) asking them to tell their Congresswoman to support a strong public health care option.
Yesterday, Jane Harman called for the creation of a strong public option, in an op-ed piece in "The Hill"
To achieve lower costs and better health outcomes, we simply need to make our existing healthcare market work better..... A public health insurance option, crafted to compete with private insurance on a level playing field, would finally provide much-needed competition in the broken health insurance market. Without the pressure to return large quarterly profits, a government-sponsored health plan would put pressure on private plans to bring their costs down, with the savings passed along to businesses and consumers.
Folks, you made this happen. Your hard work, your dedication, and your cell phones. But we can't stop now - we need to keep the pressure up. As we speak, Congress is rapidly hammering out the details of the health care bill, and getting the message to them that we want health care reform that's available to all Americans on day one, accountable to Congress, and will be able bargain for better rates from providers and drug companies is crucial. Our representatives must understand how strongly we feel about the need for real reform -- and that we need it now.
We will be phone banking to constituents in those California districts who have members on the Congressional Committees working on health care reform, and will ask those constituents to tell their congress members the following:
- Support a strong public option as part of health care reform.
- Support a public health care option that is available to ALL Americans on Day One. No “trigger”. No delay.
- Support a public health care option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to Congress.
- Support a public health care option that can bargain for rates from providers and big drug companies.
Achieving comprehensive, effective healthcare reform will be the defining legacy of the Obama administration. It will take all of us to help make this happen. It's up to us. We have to be the change we are waiting for.
Phone Bank And BBQ For Health Care Reform!
Wednesday, July 8
758 Palms Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Please bring a cell phone and your charger.
We will be grilling as well as phoning! We supply the burgers, you supply the side dishes!