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Unbelievable! We’re winning.

Posted on May 7th, 2009 by David Vigoda

“The battle for health care reform has intensified, with an actual plan beginning to materialize and key interest and political groups gearing up for a once-in-a-generation legislative fight.” That’s how the Huffington Post (May 6) starts a pretty bland article about the current developments in the health care reform campaign, which are actually pretty dramatic. Consider:

Senator Schumer, whose position on health care reform has been uncertain, appears to be emerging as a proponent of a strong public health insurance plan—which he is calling “Plan USA.” That’s lucky, because Senator Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which is taking the lead in the Senate on developing health care reform legislation, has reportedly charged Schumer with developing a public plan.

And that’s important, because Schumer is, what, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate?

He had some juicy comments to make on the subject. You can read them in Ezra Klein’s blog on The American Prospect. http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=05&year=2009&base_name=schumer_defends_the_public_pla Go, Chuck!

But here’s the deal: You can’t afford to sit on your you know what and use your favorite hand-held, lap-top, desk-top, or in-front-of-the-couch device to watch the Chuck Schumer show. Because, if that’s all you do, you may be bitterly disappointed to see how the series develops.

You—yeah, you—and me too, and all the rest of us who want real health care reform this year, we need to let Congress know that we want quality affordable health care for all. It’s so easy to do. Once you sign up for the campaign, the brilliant staffers at Health Care for America Now will walk you through the whole thing. Quick and easy.

Why not do it now? I’ll wait here till you return. Upper right of the screen.

Okay, now that you’ve joined the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are involved in the campaign, check out this other dramatic development: The medical insurance industry is begging to be more heavily regulated. Don’t believe me? Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/06/us/politics/06insure.html?_r=1&ref=us

Once again, though, we can’t afford to be complacent. The anti-reformers are doing everything they can think of to defeat—or at least gut—Plan USA, and one thing they can do is offer to give up some ground. An offer they can later withdraw.

So here’s your second choice to join the campaign. (Did you really think you’d fooled me?) Go ahead, upper right of your screen. You know you’ll feel better when you do.

Because you know what’s best about this campaign? We’re winning. When was the last time that happened? Oh, right, when Obama was elected. Before that, I mean.

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