Date: August 17, 2009 1:36:00 PM =
House won't pass Healthcare without a Public =
Over the weekend Health and Human Services Secretary =
Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration was open to considering =
co-ops in a healthcare reform bill. Immediately, insurance-funded media =
went on the attack. Some reporters called the public option dead -- =
others "off the table".
The media is wrong... =
Let's be clear: A Healthcare bill =
without a public option is D.O.A. in the House. =
To pass any bill in the House they need at least 218 =
votes but 64 House Democrats have stood up and said they will not vote =
for a bill without a public option. That means a bill without a public =
option would only have 193 votes.
It's up to us to make =
sure these Democrats stand strong and never back down in the face of =
pressure from the insurance industry and insider =
you join me in thanking Healthcare Heroes like Donna Edwards from =
Maryland CD-04 and Chellie Pingree of Maine CD-01 right now?
Should we be surprised that =
the media got it wrong?
How many times did they count =
Obama out when he ran for President? For years, Hillary Clinton was a =
fait accompli as the Democratic nominee, yet we all know how that turned =
nationwide stood up and voted. When the chips were down, we didn't =
change our message or back away from fighting to win. We re-doubled our =
efforts and we backed the winner all the way into the White =
That's what we're going to do with our fight for a public =
healthcare option. We will not back down. We will stand up and get the =
job done. We will, more than ever, re-double our efforts to deliver the =
change America needs.
ADD YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT OF HEALTHCARE HEROES WHO WILL =
NOT BACK DOWN
There are 64 House Democrats with the =
guts to lead the way. After you add your name, we'll deliver these =
signatures to every single Democratic member of the House. We'll make =
sure they know who the House Healthcare Leaders are. And we =
will support those who stand and deliver real reform.
those who won't, it will be a strong reminder: if you stand against the =
76% of Americans who want a choice of a public health insurance option, =
you will stand alone for re-election.
This is a campaign =
and right now we are in the dog days of summer. But we're in this for =
the long haul. When we're through, we will remember who stood with the =
American people. We will remember who stood with the insurance =
Don't despair because the media doesn't get it. Take action and get the job =
Thank you for everything you =
Jim Dean, Chair
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