Fight Back

The Senate health care bill is being gutted one piece at a time, and people are fed up.

A new poll shows growing opposition to health care reform—from progressives angry at moves to drop the public option.
Governor Howard Dean called the bill “the insurance companies’ dream,” while former insurance executive Wendell
Potter said, “It absolutely is a big gift, a big bailout to the industry.”1

The Senate, led by Joe Lieberman, has gone too far—and there’s tremendous momentum
to fight back.
Progressives like Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Raul Grijalva have already said they can’t
support the Senate bill.2 Now we need other progressive leaders in Congress to join them.

Can you call Rep. Woolsey today? Tell
her
that voters are counting on her to stand up and fight for a final health care bill that is as
strong as possible, and includes a national public option.

Here’s where to call:

Representative Lynn Woolsey
Phone: 202-225-5161

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FHCA_06&cp_id=1212&id=18334-7967853-fAUMZmx&t=3

After the Senate bill passes, leadership from both sides will meet to merge the two bills into one in what’s known as a “conference
committee.” In theory, both sides will negotiate and pieces from each bill will be included in the final legislation,
which then goes to President Obama.

But pressure on leadership to pass the weakest bill will be intense—from conservatives like Joe Lieberman, and from
those arguing that we can’t to risk losing their votes. So to end up with a strong final
bill, we need to make sure leadership knows it’s
progressives’ votes they’re risking with a watered-down bill. Then the scales will tip, and Obama and
leadership will be forced to shift their pressure to move conservative holdouts to vote yes, rather than gut the final bill
to please them. 

The House bill is, in nearly every way, stronger than what’s in the Senate. It would cover 36 million Americans, create real
competition with a national public option, provide stronger subsidies for low income Americans, hold insurance companies
accountable with real regulations, and much more. Of course, it also contains the awful anti-choice “Stupak” provision,
which is just another reason we need strong progressive voices leading up to conference.

Can you call Rep. Woolsey today and show her that you’re counting on her in
this fight?
Ask her to speak out against the weak Senate bill, and fight to make sure the final bill includes
core components of the House bill, including a national public option. 

Here’s where to call:

Representative Lynn Woolsey
Phone: 202-225-5161

Then, let us know how it went by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FHCA_06&cp_id=1212&id=18334-7967853-fAUMZmx&t=4


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