Saturday, October 24, 2009

Take 10 minutes for 10 phone calls for health care reform this weekend

It's been another crazy week for health care reform.

On Tuesday, Obama supporters all over the country made over 300,000 phone calls to Congress. It was an amazing effort that proved we've never been more "fired up and ready to go" for health care reform!

Then on Friday, it looked as if we were going to get a strong public option in both the Senate and the House, but by the end of the day, confusing reports emerged on whether either chamber had the votes. There were even reports the White House was pushing the Senate to include a "trigger" in their public option to get a single Republican vote from Olympia Snowe.

So everybody retrenched and apparently we're no closer to getting a strong public option in the bill now than we were a week ago.

But here's the thing: The only reason the public option is still on the table is
because of you. Grassroots pressure works.

All those phone calls, emails, petitions, and media buys by progressive groups work. And it will keep working as long as we keep the pressure up.

Take 10 minutes and make 10 phone calls this weekend. FDL Action PAC has launched an online phone bank effort to call 40,000 of the most progressive Democrats in Nevada, asking them to contact Harry Reid and let him know they support a public option.

Why are we calling Nevada? Because as Senate Majority leader, it is Harry Reid's choice and his alone to include the public option in a final Senate bill. He's the only one who gets to make that decision. And if he decides to kowtow to powerful DC lobbying interests by dropping the public option, then he's the one who will have to shoulder the blame.

Click here to register and start making phone calls.

Nevada Democrats will be asked to call Reid's office to encourage him to include a strong public option in the final Senate bill. The phonebank will also identify Nevada constituents who would support a primary challenge to Reid if he fails to bring the public option to the floor. The data they capture will be a powerful tool in launching a campaign for a better Democratic Senator should Reid fail to listen to Democrats on this issue.

Harry Reid has said he will raise $25 million for his 2010 race. That's over 3 1/2 times the amount he spent in 2004. With a 38% approval rating, It's understandable why he thinks he needs to buy this race. But Reid's unwillingness to enforce caucus discipline means that the 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority that so many Democrats worked so hard for is now meaningless. If he abandons the public option, Nevada residents - and all Democrats - can and should do better.

So take 10 minutes to make 10 phone calls this weekend.

Register now to phone bank to Nevada for the public option.

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