HCAN! New York

Why I’ve Joined the Campaign

Posted on March 26th, 2009 by David Vigoda

You probably heard the president announce his commitment to “quality, affordable health care for every American” in his address to Congress on February 24. You may not realize that this is an exciting development in an ongoing grassroots campaign for national health care reform.

The campaign is organized by a coalition of some 750 groups across the nation called Health Care for America Now. You’re on our web site now.

The campaign is based on a “statement of common purpose” that sets out the requirements for an acceptable health care reform proposal. A key principle is the creation of a public health insurance plan that is guaranteed affordable for all.

Not only has the president signed on to the HCAN principles, but 185 members of Congress! That’s fantastic, but it’s not enough. We can’t count on them to act unless we provide the political pressure to move them.

That’s where HCAN comes in. A few weeks ago I participated in a three-day field retreat where I experienced first-hand the superb quality of the headquarters staff and some 100 of the full-time organizers from all over the U.S. They’re not only dedicated, they’re smart and experienced and wonderfully diverse.

What this adds up to is that we have an historic opportunity to win quality, affordable health care for all this year. I have made a personal commitment to volunteer 12 hours a week as a field organizer. I started 6 weeks ago. I’m having a ball.

It’s easy to get involved. Join the campaign on this web site.

There are lots of ways to help. Five minutes a week is enough to make a difference. Really. Please commit yourself to that much. Sign up right now.

What’s the first step you can take? Email 5 friends right now. Give them a chance to make history too.

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