Dear MoveOn member,
In his speech, President Obama made it very clear that he wants Congress to pass health care this year. But did you see today's Wall Street Journal headline?
Lobbyists Line Up to Torpedo Speech Proposals
WASHINGTON—Industries from health care to agribusiness to mining that stand to lose under President Barack Obama's policy agenda are ramping up lobbying campaigns to derail or modify his plans.1
Yikes! If these lobbyists drown out the voice of the American people, we're through. And right now, our elected officials are hearing a lot more from them than from us.
Next week, Congress will gather for President Obama's health care summit to make plans for the year—they need to hear from real people who want health care reform in 2009! Our goal is to collect at least 200,000 petition signatures and comments to deliver right before the summit.2
But time is short—can you help us reach at least 200,000 petition signatures before the big summit next week? We'll deliver your comments before they meet. Click here to add your name:http://pol.moveon.org/thisyear/?rc=reg&id=15682-9234868-f1NXI2x&t=3
After you sign, please forward this to friends and family who support health care reform.
The petition says:
"Don't let the insurance lobbyists delay health care any longer. In this economic crisis, we can't afford NOT to pass quality, affordable health care for all this year."
The lobbyists are fighting health care tooth and nail. And so are Republicans in Congress.3 They say we can't afford health care right now. But with health insurance costs driving employers out of business or overseas, we can't afford NOT to pass health care for every American this year!
Right-wing opposition almost derailed Obama's economic stimulus plan. And passing health care will be much harder.
At the President's health care summit next week, members of Congress and policymakers are going to talk about what kind of reforms are possible this year. We have to show them that Americans don't want anything short of quality, affordable health care for everyone with the option of a public health insurance plan. But we need to act fast.
If you sign our petition today, we'll make sure Congress hears from you right before they head into this important health care summit. Click here to add your name:http://pol.moveon.org/thisyear/?rc=reg&id=15682-9234868-f1NXI2x&t=4
–Noah, Lenore, Justin, Marika and the rest of the team
Sources: 1. "Lobbyists Line Up to Torpedo Speech Proposa
ls," The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2009 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123561083268377547.html
2. "Obama to hold health care summit next week," AFP, February 24, 2009 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51199&id=15682-9234868-f1NXI2x&t=5
3. "To Pay for Health Care, Obama Looks to Taxes on Affluent," The New York Times, February 25, 2009 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51200&id=15682-9234868-f1NXI2x&t=6