[I'm leaving this sticky. Why not call, if you already haven't? --lambert]
My goodness, but that was an inspiring speech! Obama can really turn on the oratory and tonight he used those mad skillz to ask us for two things:
As temperatures cool, I want everyone to take another look at the plan we've proposed. There's a reason why many doctors, nurses, and health care experts who know our system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. Here's what I ask of Congress, though: Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people.
I campaigned on the promise of change - change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change - or at least, that I can deliver it.
But remember this - I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone. Democracy in a nation of three hundred million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. And when you try to do big things and make big changes, it stirs passions and controversy. That's just how it is.
So he wants better ideas on how to fix health care without busting the budget and he wants our help on making changes. Whether you believe his heart is the before- or after-Christmas size, take him up on this. Call, write, fax, email with this simple-to-understand message:
- We want Medicare for everyone
- Tax the rich to pay for it
- We're not willing to settle for anything less
Then ask all your friends, family, neighbors, people standing next to you in the grocery check-out line, strangers on the street to do the same.
You can call or write to the President:
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