November 11, 2009
Together: We MUST Get the Health Care Bill Passed Without Stupak Amendment

Together, we made a big difference getting the health care bill with a Public Option, through Congress. But the fight is far from over.

Next we MUST get the Senate to pass the Health Care Bill, with a Public Option. We must also make sure they DO NOT allow the Stupak-Pitts amendment to stay in the bill. So, again, we must work together! As a team, we’ve already made a huge difference, but we can’t stop now!

The Stupak-Pitts amendment is best described by Senator Barbara Boxer on her blog:

Stupak approach “radical” and “unfair to women”

This amendment does not only make it impossible for a woman to have a legal medical procedure through the Public Option, but it will also ban the procedure under private insurance. It requires that a woman buy an additional insurance package if she is in need of this legal medical procedure, which she will be denied access to as well.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

(1). Call Senators. Use the blue links. Use EVERY number. Tell the Senators that they must vote for the health care bill. The bill must include a strong, robust Public Option. But the Stupak-Pitts amendment, added to the bill in the House, must be removed! (See blue Senate link)

Link to Senators contact info.

(2). FAX Senators: Write a letter to the Senators, with the same information included. They must pass the Health care bill with a strong Public Option, the Stupak amendment must be removed, etc. Tell them that if they do not vote for and pass this bill, they will not have Democratic, women’s or labor’s vote or help in their next election campaign. (See blue Senate link)

Link to Senators contact info.

(3). Email Senators: You can use the same letter that you faxed, or write a new email. Email links are also included. (See blue Senate link - then scroll to right of page)

Link to Senators contact info.

(4). YouTube: Most Senators also have a YouTube channel. You can leave messages on the one or all of their video. If this seems unnecessary, remember that these Senators need to hear our voices no matter where they turn. When you leave a message on their YouTube channel, they receive an email notifying them of the post, and will go and see what you have to say. (See blue Senate link - then scroll to right of page)

Link to Senators contact info.

(5). Twitter: We have tried to locate all of the Senators we need to contact on Twitter as well. Sending them a short tweet such as : Please Vote FOR the Health Care Bill w/Strong Public Option-DO NOT include Stupak Amendment! Save American Lives! Send as many as you can to each Senator’s account. (See blue Senate link - then scroll to right of page)

Link to Senators contact info.

(6). Facebook: Many of the Senators also have Facebook pages. If you have a Facebook account, post a message on their page. We want these Senators to know we are watching every move they make concerning Health Care Reform & the Public Option. We also want them to know that every contact point they have will be used because we are not going to give up on the most important legislation of our lifetime, and we are not going to let them let the country down! (See blue Senate link - then scroll to right of page)

Link to Senators contact info.


October 4, 2009
It’s time for Progressives to ‘Get To Work’ for a GOOD Public Option in the Health Care Reform Bill

So here’s the plan:

Call each one of the Congress members listed. Pick up your phones! Call ‘each' of their phone numbers at each of their offices. Tell them how a STRONG Public Option is the only way we can reign in Health Insurance costs. A Public Option will NOT bankrupt our country! It will actually improve the economy. Taking a HUGE burden off of small business, large corporations and individuals in each and every district! Remind them that we have already made a HUGE compromise, since the largest majority of Americans really want a Single Payer Health Care Program! We will not compromise further!

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

FAX a letter to each fax number at each of their offices. Be clear and use talking points showing all the good reasons to support a ‘STRONG’ Public Option. Be polite, but firm! Tell each of them that you are not going to support or vote for any Representative or Senator who does not support a ‘STRONG’ Public Option. Let them know that we are paying attention, watching all of the debates, committee meetings, and following this and other issues much more than they must think we are. They need to know we are ANGRY with what we have seen!! That we saw the very small but very loud minority of Teabaggers at the Town Hall meetings, and were disgusted by the reactions of the Representatives who folded to such ridiculous and obviously corporate funded, bussed-in agitators.

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

Twitter: If they are on Twitter, send them tweets. Telling them that you are in favor of (Demanding) a STRONG Public Option. You can send them multiple tweets, but make sure that each is direct and to the point. Make sure they realize that we are watching them, and will NOT vote for them if they do not support a STRONG Public Option. We WILL help find a great Progressive candidate to replace them before the next election, unless they make it very clear that they support a Strong Public Option and are working for what over 70% of the American people are demanding. They MUST vote for a very STRONG Public Option if they do not vote for A Universal (Single Payer) Health Care bill.

While sending Tweets, please change your ‘location’ on your Twitter page. Leave it bank, or simply change it to United States, leaving off any state. There is no reason why they need t know where you are from since they were elected to represent an work for the best results for the common good of all Americans. They do not ‘need’ to know that you may not be from their district. Change your time zone to the International Dateline, until we have won this battle for the best possible Health Care Reform Bill.

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

EMAIL: Where there are email forms included, please fill out the form, using an address from the district they represent. If need be, use their office address & the same with the phone numbers.

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

YouTube: If the Representatives or Senators have a YouTube (channel) page, please leave comments on their page. Tell them that they can make all the videos they want, bragging about how patriotic and hard working they are. But if they vote against Health Care Reform with a GOOD Public Option, they are voting against what is ‘best’ for the people, small businesses, labor, and the economy. If they vote against a STRONG Public Option, they are voting against what the majority of the people want and are not representing the people. We did not elect them to represent the will and outrageous profits of the Health Insurance corporations over the needs and demands of the people who elected them. Their job is to represent the people. Health care is a Human Right.

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

Facebook: All Representatives who have a Facebook page will have their links shown here as well. Please take a moment to send them a message on Facebook also.

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

Remind Blue Dogs, if they do not vote for a very STRONG Public Option they will be giving the majority back to the GOP. There by loosing any leadership on any committees. And putting the country back into the hands of the political party that destroyed our nation.

Here’s the list of Congressional ‘Blue Dog’ Democrats with phone numbers, email addresses, and (if they are on Twitter) their Twitter names:

Blue Dog Leadership Team (contact info on each is below)

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Administration
Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA-03), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip

Link to Blue Dogs of Congress
Link to Blue Dogs of Senate

(scroll to the far right of the Excel page to find the links to each Representative’s FaceBook, Twitter, Email and YouTube pages)