Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Healthcare Battle Update, With articles videos and news......
Photo from President Obama's event in AZ
Click Here to tell the President The Public Option is NOT Optional
We now truly appreciate that we are in for a battle, please do keep calling DC and your reps at home offices while they are on recess. Please do keep writing letters and do share the responses that you get. Do work FB, Twitter, and other social networks.It matters that we stay informed and spread information. Over the weekend the Public Option almost got snatched away on a sleepy summer Sunday afternoon, it was internet vigilance that resuscitated it. Do share these articles below, I will update during the day.
First off late last night after many hours of Silence Key Democrats did start to Voice Concern about the Fate of The Public Option calling it Essential to the Reform bill. This Wash Post article from late Monday night has more. Secretary Sebelious on Sunday had said it was Not Essential on CNN and yet on another show she had said Something else, all the while touting the benefits of a Co-op Plan.
This article has more about Pelosi's stand on the Public Option and about how the House Dems stand on it. at this juncture there are also 64 Dems that have announced they will not vote for a Bill without the Public Option. Here is more about the key Dems position on the Public Option.
Today Russ Feingold: "I am not interested in passing health care reform in name only. Without a public option, I don't see how we will bring real change to a system that has made good health care a privilege for those who can afford it."
One of the things we learned yesterday was that Conrad has been pushing and promoting his Co-Op Idea, which has not been fully explained or even in the dialogue until Sebelius started pushing it in recent weeks. Here is a HUGE WSJ tidbit that needs to be spread far and wide, Conrad's Co-op Idea at best would ONLY provide Some Care to 12 Million. And that is only basic care, this is not covering Complicated illness or disease issues. We have estimates of atleast 35 to 40 Million that would still therefore be left with NO Healthcare.
Finally Do you need a Quick and Easy Primer to explain the HR3200 Bill to the UnInformed ? Print it out and share with your friends and neighbors and help educate them, it really simplifies it. Excellent Source. And when you talk with people remember to point out that we don't just have an UnInsured Problem, we have an UnderInsured Problem as well that this TIME article explores further.
And finally we need to start reading and learning about other Healthcare Systems, and share that information. The GOP has spent much time and effort bashing systems abroad. Today I am providing Links to the Facts about the UK System. First this article that breaks Down the Facts of their Healthcare, Facts vs Fiction of the Level of Care they provide to ALL Citizens, it will amaze you. And here is more from a British Doctor about his Country's Medical Care as told to NPR.
Great OpEd NYT about Reform and what it needs and what it means...
5PM Update :::
NYT points out that the Co-op Idea is nothing but a muddied mess that is not big enough or detailed enough for our Healthcare Crisis.
Politico tells about the House Dems who will NOT support Plan without The Public Option.
And NOW ABC released this today, Information about that Health Experts say that the Public Option would drive costs down.
Raging Celt got a response that is worth seeing, after he wrote to his senator.
Ed Schutlz has posted the MSNBC Video of Dean telling Obama to stand firm on the Public Option, worth seeing and reading, Let me know if this link fails, got it off Twitter.
Healthcare Reform Supporters are NOW Outnumbering the "Critics' at Rallies..( keep it up folks).
Donald Sutherland really writes an amazing article about healthcare on Huffpost, MUST READ.
Please do scroll down for Contact Information of WHO and HOW to call and contact, and also you can read my Letter to the President if you need ideas what to write. And just below the letter is the post I did on the RAM Medical Event that is providing Medical Care to Thousands in LA this past week at the LA Forum. I will have more final updates in that event in next few days. If you have news for me do email me enigma4everATearthlinkDOTnet.