Dear CAG Member:
Senator Joe Lieberman is about to kill the public health insurance option.
He has drawn a line in the sand - unlike any other Senator - and he's ready to kill health care reform if it includes a public option.
To placate his outrageous demands, Senate Democrats have come up with this idea: Allowing insurance companies to operate nationally instead of at the state level. Here's what an insurance industry insider said about this so-called compromise yesterday: "We WIN. Administered by private insurance companies. No government funding. No government insurance competitor."
This proposal is not acceptable. It wouldn't control costs and it wouldn't increase competition in the health insurance industry.
Health reform must not be held hostage by Lieberman. We must stand up together and stop him right now. By the end of today, it might be too late. We must say with one voice: SAY NO TO JOE!
I've signed a petition that's going to be delivered to the Senators negotiating as we speak. Click here to add your name to the petition telling them to say no to this deal:
As Senator Brown said, "A large number of people in this country including many, many doctors wanted Medicare for all. That didn't happen. Then we wanted a strong public option tied to Medicare rates. Then we wanted a public option building the Medicare network. That didn't happen. Now we are saying public option coming out of the HELP Committee. And now we're saying public option with the state opt-out. Where was the compromise coming from their side?"
As we speak, ten Democratic Senators - five progressives and five conservatives - are locked in a room fighting out their differences on the Senate health reform bill. Everyone in that room needs to know that the American people reject Joe Lieberman's outrageous ideas.
Click here to add your name to the petition rejecting this so-called compromise:
The petition reads:
SAY NO TO JOE! A public health insurance option that is accountable to voters and Congress and available nationally from day one is essential to lower health care costs and to keeping insurance companies honest. Otherwise, the insurance companies win. Health reform cannot be held hostage by Joe Lieberman. We, the American people, reject this so-called compromise.
Click here and to add your name. These signatures will be delivered today, so act now!
1. Insurance industry insider: 'We win' - Politico: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/Insurance_industry_insider_We_win.html
2. The latest public option "compromise" - won't work, not a compromise - HCAN: http://blog.healthcareforamericanow.org/2009/12/07/the-latest-public-option-compromise-wont-work-not-a-compromise/
3. Liberals Urge Reid to Keep Public Option - New York Times: http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/senate-liberals-demand-reid-hold-firm-on-public-option/?hp