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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:51 PM
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Give your input on new Health Care Bill
Next week, Congress will begin making the actual decisions about what reforms will make it into this year's healthcare bill.

Our actions over the next few days and weeks will be critical in building the support we need to win.

Meanwhile, conservative groups have launched a new assault on inclusion of a public healthcare option like Medicare. Their million-dollar ad campaign claims that healthcare will be rationed and "bureaucrats" will "decide the treatments you receive." It's an old message that you and I know isn't true, but it will stick if we don't fight back with our message of Choice, Competition, and Comfort.*

So we're holding an emergency online briefing on Monday night with Governor Howard Dean, M.D. at 9pm Eastern to make sure we're all ready for the fight ahead. This is a joint Stand with Dr. Dean event hosted by MoveOn, one of our biggest campaign partners.

All you need to join in is a computer with speakers and an internet connection. Please join us.

Emergency Online Briefing with Dr. Dean
Monday, May 4, 9pm Eastern

Hosted on's web site at:

Last time Democrats tried to pass comprehensive healthcare reform, it failed. And it failed in part because the opposition was better organized and spread a bunch of lies that progressives weren't prepared to rebut.

It's up to us to make sure that doesn't happen again. We need all hands on deck, well-armed with the critical information, and motivated to keep the right from blocking real change. Dr. Dean will give us an update and inside look at the battle for real healthcare reform -- and the key actions we'll take to achieve a historic victory.

With an important Senate committee meeting on Tuesday to start shaping legislation, plus the right wing's escalating attacks, this couldn't be more urgent.

I'll be part of the emergency briefing, and I really hope you can join me at this crucial moment. Join us online Monday night at 9pm Eastern -- that's 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, and 6pm Pacific -- this way everyone in the country can join us at the same time.


I look forward to 'seeing' you on the call,


Arshad Hasan, Executive Director
Democracy for America

P.S. If you would like to share a personal healthcare horror story or submit a specific question for Dr. Dean before the event, you can do that by clicking here.

* Check out for talking points on how an open-access public healthcare option offers Choice, Competition, and Comfort.

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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:55 PM
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1. I think "portability" will be good for our economy ...
and will help to raise the long-stagnant wages of working people. Once they understand that they can take their insurance with them to another job, many will leave their present jobs and look elsewhere. This will create a healthy competition for labor and will drive up the wages somewhat, in my opinion.
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:35 PM
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2. Give top priority to discussing the model such a health plan will use to limit medical procedures.
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jocapo Donating Member (230 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:50 PM
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3. We need to fight, fight, fight!
The recent statements by Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh and Max Baucus ( /) and the loss to the Mortgage lobbyists on protection from foreclosures makes it crystal clear that we cannot rely on the Congressional leadership to get it done.

It's up to us and the members of Congress that are with the people. Many have already made a fantastic start and have put forward the following plans, either of which would be like a dream come true.
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 02:28 PM
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4. Single-Payer is the only thing that will really work... so for God's sake WTF w/ these "Dems".....

....wanting "no public plan" AT ALL?? A public plan might work too well. and that would hurt the insurance corporations, you know.

Time for some of these "Democrats" to get replaced by real Democrats.

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