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:
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)
(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)
(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)
(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)
(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)
(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)