Republicans are never going to get on board for a public health insurance option. Like Chris Rock said, “They say ‘never say never’? I’m saying ‘never.'” The only chance we have for real comprehensive healthcare reform is to flip the Senate Democrats who are wobbly on the issue: the, ahem, “centrists.”
Ah yes, centrists. I believe Webster’s Dictionary defines “centrist” as “someone who takes millions in contributions from insurance company lobbyists to kill healthcare reform and spit in the faces of the people who got them elected.” Someone who, in other words, conveniently ignores the will of the people they’re supposed to represent in order to give a nice gift-wrapped pile of dead legislation to their corporate paymasters. (And by the way, if these few stunningly crooked Senate Democrats manage to derail real reform, you can bet the party is going to lose seats in Congress next election. And we can kiss healthcare-for-all goodbye for at least another decade.)
So it’s up to us to get our voices heard, and let those conservative-leaning Dems know they can’t just ignore the will of 76% of the American people and expect to hold onto their seats. If we don’t like our Democratic representatives, we’ll get better Democrats.
Watch now (h/t Crooks and Liars):
BoldProgressives.org has sent out the following letter to their membership:
People are outraged that Senate Democrats are lining up against a public health insurance option supported by 76% of Americans — all while taking $80 million of health and insurance industry money.
So we decided to do something about it. We made a TV ad calling them out. And now we’re inviting you (and your friends) to put your name in the ad before we air it in Washington DC!
This ad will air on CNN, MSNBC, The Daily Show, and other places that these senators and their staffers will be sure to notice. We’ll continually rotate new names in. Please help this idea grow by passing this email on to anyone you think would like to add their name.
Together, we’ll make the Senate listen to the vast majority of Americans who say: “We want the public option!” Thanks for being a bold progressive.
If you’re interested in putting your name–literally–on this ad, please go to WeWantThePublicOption.com and add your name to the list. The people need all the voices we can get on the public option and I applaud BoldProgressives for making this great ad and allowing citizens to get involved.
To me it is unconscionable that we have to push Democrats to vote for an issue that SHOULD be a staple of their party. If they let us down, we’ll have to fight them at the ballot box and replace them with people who will do the right thing for their constituents.