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180. Heh. Email from Robert Reich just now:
We're closer than ever to winning a historic victory on health care.

I should know: I served as Secretary of Labor under President Clinton during the last health care fight. And I'm sure that this time around we're within reach of passing a real health care reform billone that includes a public health insurance option.

Unfortunately, some conservatives in the Senate are still pushing a "trigger" plan that would kill the public option through indefinite delay. And they may even be finding support within the White House.

So now's the time to redouble our efforts. I've recorded a new video explaining why I think this is an absolutely pivotal moment, and what we all can do to win.

Once you've finished watching (VIDEO IN EMAIL), be sure to call Senator Kay Haganand tell her you won't settle for anything less than a strong public health insurance option. No delays, and no excuses.

Here's where to call:

Senator Kay Hagan
Phone: 202-224-6342
Thank you,

Robert Reich
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  -Blue Cross sent me a postage-prepaid postcard to send to my Senator opposing a Public Option (PICS) Lex  Oct-25-09 12:32 PM   #0 
  - Well done. If I get one, I will do the same.  Kerrytravelers   Oct-25-09 12:34 PM   #1 
  - Me too.  Paper Roses   Oct-25-09 12:42 PM   #13 
  - I don't have Blue Cross, but if UHC tries anything similiar...  47of74   Oct-25-09 12:57 PM   #27 
  - me too ... I have UHC .. I hope the company goes down in flames  TheCoxwain   Oct-25-09 08:05 PM   #116 
  - You may not have the option, but I just dumped UHC.  trof   Oct-26-09 06:31 AM   #150 
  - Be sure to affix it to a brick or a rock- see my post below n/t  Occulus   Oct-25-09 01:42 PM   #50 
  - Brick trick reminds me of a funny story -- and true:  Liberty Belle   Oct-25-09 10:47 PM   #130 
  - Thanks. hehe. n/t  adamuu   Oct-25-09 11:51 PM   #135 
  - This won't work.  drm604   Oct-26-09 08:16 AM   #155 
  - They wouldn't have to raise premiums if they would stop shit like this. nt  jasi2006   Oct-25-09 01:56 PM   #54 
  - They can waste money on crap like this  cyclezealot   Oct-25-09 04:31 PM   #80 
  - The have an obligation to their shareholders  TheEuclideanOne   Oct-26-09 01:09 AM   #139 
  - Or paying their CEOs $ 1.7 billion compensation packages or $10 mil/yr  bjobotts   Oct-26-09 02:23 AM   #143 
  - Make a copy of it and send it to Blue Cross while you are at it  CreekDog   Oct-25-09 06:32 PM   #107 
     - Will do. See my photos below at Post #141. nt  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 03:37 AM   #146 
  - HA!  tmyers09   Oct-25-09 12:34 PM   #2 
  - great way to get your point across &  wolfgirl   Oct-25-09 12:34 PM   #3 
  - I want one!  lonestarnot   Oct-25-09 12:34 PM   #4 
  - me too! how fun is that?  glinda   Oct-25-09 04:40 PM   #83 
  - Amazing shameless, aren't they?  teamster633   Oct-25-09 12:35 PM   #5 
  - I'm self-employed & insured with them at an astonomical premium  Lex   Oct-25-09 12:43 PM   #14 
  - The vultures fell into that one ! COOL !  UndertheOcean   Oct-25-09 12:35 PM   #6 
  - And they're a non-profit n/t  sandnsea   Oct-25-09 12:35 PM   #7 
  - the company may be  barbtries   Oct-25-09 02:03 PM   #60 
  - BCBS is no longer "not-for-profit". They were bought up some years ago.  stlsaxman   Oct-25-09 08:44 PM   #121 
     - No, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC has non-profit status  Lex   Oct-25-09 08:46 PM   #122 
        - I stand corrected- sort of... from Wiki:  stlsaxman   Oct-25-09 10:01 PM   #126 
           - In Minnesota BCBS is still a non-profit company  dflprincess   Oct-26-09 12:34 PM   #174 
  - Bravo! Bravo!  Vickers   Oct-25-09 12:36 PM   #8 
  - Excellent.....Va te faire foutre to these Health Insurance Industry swine.  marmar   Oct-25-09 12:36 PM   #9 
  - Wait! Wait!  eleny   Oct-25-09 12:38 PM   #10 
  - I may do that in RED ink.  Lex   Oct-25-09 12:39 PM   #11 
  - good idea. Why not color the edges of the card to make it really stand out in a stack  adamuu   Oct-25-09 12:53 PM   #23 
  - good work! n/t  MrsBrady   Oct-25-09 12:40 PM   #12 
  - Maybe write I support Public Option on the envelope so they don't not open it  MidwestTransplant   Oct-25-09 12:47 PM   #15 
  - It's a post card  Lex   Oct-25-09 12:48 PM   #18 
  - That was my first thought: The Senator's office knows those letters are being solicited. . .  Journeyman   Oct-25-09 12:49 PM   #19 
     - It's NOT being "opened" -- it's a POSTcard. I will write in red on the front  Lex   Oct-25-09 12:50 PM   #22 
        - Then you should not have called it a "letter" in the OP. . .  Journeyman   Oct-25-09 12:54 PM   #24 
           - well, I changed it, you wonderful person you  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:01 PM   #29 
              - Words mean something. . .  Journeyman   Oct-25-09 01:06 PM   #34 
                 - Thanks for all your help with this.  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:08 PM   #36 
  - Alot of nerve sending that to you in the first place.  adamuu   Oct-25-09 12:47 PM   #16 
  - I'm hoping it will come to the attention  Lex   Oct-25-09 12:49 PM   #20 
  - Isn't this an example of the "administrative" costs that make insurance prohibitive?  EFerrari   Oct-25-09 12:48 PM   #17 
  - good point. n/t  adamuu   Oct-25-09 12:56 PM   #26 
  - Good Job! Make them pay for lobbying for Our Side for a change!  ThomCat   Oct-25-09 12:50 PM   #21 
  - This is going to rocket to the front page. *salutes* n/t  adamuu   Oct-25-09 12:55 PM   #25 
  - Eleny is right - this unfortunately is likely to backfire.  JackRiddler   Oct-25-09 12:59 PM   #28 
  - I think I'll call her office tomorrow and make sure they know to sort the postcards  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:03 PM   #31 
  - brilliant! are you really going to do that? n/t  adamuu   Oct-25-09 01:26 PM   #44 
  - yes, her office should know about this  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:38 PM   #48 
  - Yes, and so should everyone else who does this...  JackRiddler   Oct-25-09 02:02 PM   #58 
  - Not if people tape these things to a brick or a rock or something  Occulus   Oct-25-09 01:41 PM   #49 
  - That's friggin brilliant.  JackRiddler   Oct-25-09 02:01 PM   #56 
  - Won't work  Randypiper   Oct-25-09 05:44 PM   #100 
  - it will not backfire  northernlights   Oct-25-09 05:59 PM   #103 
     - I'm coming to agreee with you - a strong exterior look is important.  JackRiddler   Oct-25-09 11:16 PM   #132 
  - Blue Cross admits it fears real competiton in marketplace. BC is against consumer choice.  Garbo 2004   Oct-25-09 01:02 PM   #30 
  - Your ad idea is great!  beac   Oct-26-09 09:23 AM   #164 
  - So glad they're using your premiums to print  intheflow   Oct-25-09 01:03 PM   #32 
  - I live in NC too - brilliant  slay   Oct-25-09 01:03 PM   #33 
  - Send them to KO, Rachel and  malaise   Oct-25-09 01:06 PM   #35 
  - I had the same thought on this! GMTA! n/t  Hepburn   Oct-25-09 04:53 PM   #86 
  - self-delete  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:16 PM   #37 
  - I haven't gotten one yet, but if I do, I'll make SURE  HillWilliam   Oct-25-09 01:19 PM   #38 
  - Props to you, Lex!  left coaster   Oct-25-09 01:21 PM   #39 
  - Nice. Color the edges? It will be in a big stack, right? n/t  adamuu   Oct-25-09 01:22 PM   #40 
  - yes  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:25 PM   #43 
     - hehe sorry to get all excited about this  adamuu   Oct-25-09 01:27 PM   #45 
  - BCBS isn't gonna like this . . . one bit!  tool_of_the_people   Oct-25-09 01:24 PM   #41 
  - Well, I threw the baseball around with her last Wednesday  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:29 PM   #47 
  - Another edit: Cross of "the private sector" and write "blood-sucking insurance companies"  adamuu   Oct-25-09 01:25 PM   #42 
  - Very Good! K&R  Road Scholar   Oct-25-09 01:28 PM   #46 
  - Your insurance co. is spending YOUR money to entice YOU to lobby for THEM?  dixiegrrrrl   Oct-25-09 01:49 PM   #51 
  - yeah, swell, huh?  Lex   Oct-25-09 01:52 PM   #52 
  - I'll say it again: tape 'em to a brick  Occulus   Oct-25-09 01:56 PM   #55 
     - You are serious? The PO WILL deliver a brick???  dixiegrrrrl   Oct-25-09 02:55 PM   #66 
     - Here's hoping Senator Hagan gets enough bricks to build a McMansion.  Bozita   Oct-25-09 04:01 PM   #71 
     - It won't work  MajorChode   Oct-25-09 08:13 PM   #118 
     - Yse. I once mailed a coconut; slapped a label on the shell and it was received.  Liberty Belle   Oct-25-09 10:41 PM   #128 
        - hehe well you only live once. n/t  adamuu   Oct-26-09 12:09 AM   #137 
     - And who do you think will be covering that extra expense?  oedura   Oct-25-09 04:00 PM   #70 
     - As a PO employee, can you answer the concerns below in this OP?  dixiegrrrrl   Oct-25-09 05:38 PM   #97 
     - Would adding shipping insurance to the brick cost the shipper  Veruca Salt   Oct-25-09 05:55 PM   #101 
     - Be sure to let BCBS know about this "advice" being circulated.  Liberty Belle   Oct-25-09 10:44 PM   #129 
     - No.  drm604   Oct-26-09 08:20 AM   #158 
  - Excellent!  Lifelong Protester   Oct-25-09 01:54 PM   #53 
  - that is great  barbtries   Oct-25-09 02:02 PM   #57 
  - I'll check my mailbox today for it, and do the same.  lildreamer316   Oct-25-09 02:02 PM   #59 
  - Good idea! KR. nt  skipos   Oct-25-09 02:38 PM   #61 
  - BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Urges Its Enrollees to Oppose Health Care Reform (HuffPo)  adamuu   Oct-25-09 02:38 PM   #62 
  - thanks for linking it up  Lex   Oct-25-09 02:47 PM   #65 
  - K&R Well done!  pleah   Oct-25-09 02:38 PM   #63 
  - Superb!!!  Sherman A1   Oct-25-09 02:44 PM   #64 
  - your premiums paid for and licked that 'stamp' as if you did it yourself personally  tomm2thumbs   Oct-25-09 03:20 PM   #67 
  - This is very well done.  Grateful for Hope   Oct-25-09 03:47 PM   #68 
  - I'm a little confused about something.  drm604   Oct-25-09 03:49 PM   #69 
  - One would think it sure implies Sen Hagan will be paying for the postage, huh????  Divine Discontent   Oct-26-09 01:25 AM   #140 
  - WOW WOW WOW - am printing for when I get mine (NC here) PLUS  Mira   Oct-25-09 04:03 PM   #72 
  - Very cool idea!  sonias   Oct-25-09 04:13 PM   #73 
  - Very smart and savvy to make clear your position ON the envelope!  emsimon33   Oct-25-09 04:13 PM   #74 
  - Uh-oh. Does the company that makes Sharpies support a public option?  onehandle   Oct-25-09 04:20 PM   #75 
  - yeah, I'm worried to death  Lex   Oct-25-09 04:30 PM   #78 
  - Is that even legal for Blue Cross to send those out?  Mrs. Overall   Oct-25-09 04:25 PM   #76 
  - Brilliant. Do you have a Kos account?  Barack_America   Oct-25-09 04:29 PM   #77 
  - Feel free to link it over there if you'd like.  Lex   Oct-25-09 04:31 PM   #79 
  - Here's My DAILY KOS Diary On It. Please recommend it and comment:  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 05:14 AM   #147 
  - Which means Wellmark also does. Your gonna give me ideas!!  PatrynXX   Oct-25-09 04:33 PM   #81 
  - awesome!!  francolettieri   Oct-25-09 04:39 PM   #82 
  - Perfect!  Christa   Oct-25-09 04:50 PM   #84 
  - And BSBC never thought anyone would do this to their BS postcard?  Hepburn   Oct-25-09 04:51 PM   #85 
  - In the past, I would forward that stuff to the Attorney Generals office as obscene literature.  VPStoltz   Oct-25-09 04:58 PM   #87 
  - K&R  mvd   Oct-25-09 04:59 PM   #88 
  - I suspect that the postcard doesn't really go to your Senator  Trekologer   Oct-25-09 05:03 PM   #89 
  - still they have to pay the postage  Lex   Oct-25-09 05:04 PM   #90 
  - The Clue Phone is Ringing: that's Sen. Hagan's Greensboro office  nilram   Oct-25-09 05:12 PM   #91 
  - In that case go for it  Trekologer   Oct-25-09 05:19 PM   #93 
  - Thanks are correct goes to him. Double checked by me.  wroberts189   Oct-25-09 05:41 PM   #98 
  - No. That is the address of Senator Hagan's Greensboro office.  drm604   Oct-26-09 08:30 AM   #161 
  - BC/BS campaign  Duval   Oct-25-09 05:15 PM   #92 
  - Maybe not  katkat   Oct-25-09 05:30 PM   #94 
  - That was pure brilliance. Well done! KNR/nt  wroberts189   Oct-25-09 05:34 PM   #95 
  - I just Googled Kay Hagan.  ThatsMyBarack   Oct-25-09 05:36 PM   #96 
  - This is absolute BULLSHIT. We have BCBS, and I am cancelling it first thing tomorrow.  RayOfHope   Oct-25-09 05:43 PM   #99 
  - I think BCBS is state-by-state. I'd be FURIOUS if my state BCBS did this...  fiorello   Oct-26-09 10:22 AM   #168 
  - These people risk their livelyhood by attacking the people they serve like this  HughMoran   Oct-25-09 05:57 PM   #102 
  - I want to augment on the idea - for North Carolineans anyway: READ THIS  Mira   Oct-25-09 06:08 PM   #104 
  - Thanks I will do this too.  Lex   Oct-25-09 06:44 PM   #111 
  - What claims were denied by Blue Cross to fund this?  Politicub   Oct-25-09 06:11 PM   #105 
  - When I first saw it in my mail and read what it said, my blood ran cold I was so angry.  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 02:25 AM   #144 
  - Good thinking! nt  Enthusiast   Oct-25-09 06:29 PM   #106 
  - Genius!!!  Jackeens   Oct-25-09 06:33 PM   #108 
  - Adorable treachery -- !!! Congratulations!  defendandprotect   Oct-25-09 06:38 PM   #109 
  - I always put "Support the Public Option Health Care for all " on the front of EVERYTHING I mail  GreenTea   Oct-25-09 06:40 PM   #110 
  - DId you happen to snap a pic of the unaltered original letter?  DaveinJapan   Oct-25-09 06:44 PM   #112 
  - No, I didn't. I only thought of posting it here once I edited it.  Lex   Oct-25-09 06:55 PM   #114 
     - Oh, that's okay.  DaveinJapan   Oct-26-09 01:43 AM   #142 
  - Looks like you filled it out right to me. nt  Crabby Appleton   Oct-25-09 06:54 PM   #113 
  - Delete  itsrobert   Oct-25-09 07:01 PM   #115 
  - The claim competition saves all is a real load - yanked fresh from the cow  Deja Q   Oct-25-09 08:11 PM   #117 
  - Brilliant!  tooeyeten   Oct-25-09 08:22 PM   #119 
  - Mine would go back to BCBS with a stool sample  AzNick   Oct-25-09 08:25 PM   #120 
  - Excellent! I wonder if anyone reads them or if they just take counts of  valerief   Oct-25-09 09:32 PM   #123 
  - Oouu, I want one!  graywarrior   Oct-25-09 09:33 PM   #124 
  - I haven't got one of these yet...  moonbatmax   Oct-25-09 09:58 PM   #125 
  - Fantastic! Brilliant!!!  BrklynLiberal   Oct-25-09 10:22 PM   #127 
  - Good for you  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-25-09 10:51 PM   #131 
  - I got one too, and I DON"T have any health ins. Will do what you did  WillYourVoteBCounted   Oct-25-09 11:22 PM   #133 
  - Wow, they have the audacity to send them to folks without insurance?  Lex   Oct-25-09 11:47 PM   #134 
  - Isn't that sweet of them  rpannier   Oct-26-09 12:08 AM   #136 
  - Excellent idea. I would send a copy of it to BCBS and thank them for the postage.  Maru Kitteh   Oct-26-09 12:13 AM   #138 
  - HA! I did the same thing yesterday before I saw your thread.  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 01:40 AM   #141 
  - "Who wants that?"  nxylas   Oct-26-09 12:37 PM   #175 
     - No, you don't!  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 01:39 PM   #177 
  - It's hard to believe  Iwillnevergiveup   Oct-26-09 03:02 AM   #145 
  - Love what you did with it!  boobooday   Oct-26-09 05:25 AM   #148 
  - Send this to the cable networks and newspapers!  Rosa Luxemburg   Oct-26-09 06:14 AM   #149 
  - Here's another idea for those of you with post office boxes.  Vinca   Oct-26-09 06:55 AM   #151 
  - Ooh. Good idea.  Barack_America   Oct-26-09 07:14 AM   #152 
  - Well done! Don't have BCBS, but if my ins co tries this, I will do the same  AllyCat   Oct-26-09 08:07 AM   #153 
  - You rock! n/t  rvablue   Oct-26-09 08:13 AM   #154 
  - One tiny little question  cornermouse   Oct-26-09 08:19 AM   #156 
  - Aww too late to recommend!  flygal   Oct-26-09 08:19 AM   #157 
  - All I can Say is  nykym   Oct-26-09 08:29 AM   #159 
  - awesome!  Blue_Tires   Oct-26-09 08:30 AM   #160 
  - Great Example for the rest of us Lex  SlingBlade   Oct-26-09 08:43 AM   #162 
  - Brava!!! And I love Hissyspit's idea of adding a note asking HOW they can afford thousands of  beac   Oct-26-09 09:15 AM   #163 
  - That's an excellent idea, Lex!  Kajsa   Oct-26-09 09:33 AM   #165 
  - I like your changes to it...  Kansas Wyatt   Oct-26-09 09:39 AM   #166 
  - These pictures need to go viral .. Maybe KO can feature this on his show under "Best Persons'  TheCoxwain   Oct-26-09 10:10 AM   #167 
  - OMG! I love that! Good for you! Nice to know where their money is being spent. n/t  progressivebydesign   Oct-26-09 10:38 AM   #169 
  - Hey...if they are a non-profit, they can't legally lobby in any fashion.  dixiegrrrrl   Oct-26-09 10:49 AM   #170 
  - They are listed as a non-profit. Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, that is.  Lex   Oct-26-09 12:09 PM   #173 
     - Big no-no then,  dixiegrrrrl   Oct-26-09 01:04 PM   #176 
     - UPDATED On the issue of non-profit:  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 01:42 PM   #179 
  - Unbelievably shitful. I hope you sent a photocopy of your  LibDemAlways   Oct-26-09 11:20 AM   #171 
  - Bravo!  residentfan   Oct-26-09 11:38 AM   #172 
  - If you need a place to store the picture, you can send it to me and I'll post it at my site so you  ddeclue   Oct-26-09 01:40 PM   #178 
  - Heh. Email from Robert Reich just now:  Hissyspit   Oct-26-09 03:23 PM   #180 
  - Hey you made the front page of reddit, too  Extend a Hand   Oct-26-09 03:39 PM   #181 
  - Thanks.  Lex   Oct-26-09 08:24 PM   #182 
  - Wow is this a record  malaise   Oct-26-09 08:26 PM   #183 
  - You're much nicer than I was on my card...  ms liberty   Oct-26-09 09:12 PM   #184 
  - I wanted to make it easy to see I was for a Public Option.  Lex   Oct-26-09 09:17 PM   #185 
  - kick  Road Scholar   Oct-26-09 09:24 PM   #186 
  - I'm with BCBS, but individual pay, so I doubt they'll send me anything  ecstatic   Oct-27-09 08:36 AM   #187 
  - Well done!  derby378   Oct-29-09 03:45 PM   #188 

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