Health care reform scares the pants off politicians. It’s a huge threat to reelection; true reform will make far more enemies than friends.
No sane politician wants to do this. They need a huge push – and that has to come from voters. They need to know they’ll be punished almost as much for failure as they will be punished for success. If the two are reasonably close, they may do what they know needs to be done.
Obama, of course, knows how critical public support is. The Obama OFA Blog is asking everyone o write a letter to local newspapers. They’ve done all the hard work, you need to only spend 10 minutes on the letter content…
… The behind-the-scenes committee negotiations aren't front-page news, but the lobbyists trying to block reform are following every detail, and they won't miss a day. If the final plan is to uphold President Obama's principles of reduced costs, guaranteed choice -- including the choice of a robust public insurance option -- and quality care for all, your voice must be heard.
Please write a short letter to the editor of your local paper expressing your support for President Obama's three principles for real health care reform, and asking your Congressional representatives to do the same. You can write and submit your letter in just a few minutes using our simple online tool…
You enter your zip code and then choose which papers the letter goes to. I sent mine to our two local newspapers, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. I omitted the New York Times – they hardly need more letters supporting reform.
You will be asked for email and a phone number. I provided my yahoo.com junk email address – the valid address I check once a month and delete all the messages from. I provided my Google Voice number that’s voice mail only.
If you don’t do this, and healthcare reform fails, you’ll have nobody to blame but yourself – and your Senator, of course.