The sign comes as a PDF file that says: "President Obama, I'm counting on you to fight for the Public Option. NO TRIGGERS!" Go here to print out your sign, make your photo, and send it to MoveOn now!
This is in response to the strong rumor tonight that Obama is backing away from the public option, in favor of the trigger for the health care reform bill, so that Sen. Olympia Snowe will support the bill. Polls show that most Americans support a public option, though many of us really wanted a single payer health care bill. The public option is not as strong a service to the people as what most developed countries in the world have, but it's way better than what we have now. The trigger means the insurance companies would have several years to improve their business behavior, and if they didn't, the government could try to fix things again. The trigger is a stalling device, at best. Probably it's really how they plan to do nothing to change their ways.
Anyhow, it's time to act! Here's the picture Jimmy just took for me just now, and which I just sent to MoveOn. It reallly didn't take very long to do. I'm standing in front of my "First Lady" piece, a 93" x 83" quilted painting about Michelle Obama and the First Family. You can read all about it on my website.
Power to the People! Come on, President Obama! We need YOU to push the Public Option through Congress and make health care really serve all Americans. That's what government is for: serving the People, not aiding and abetting the incredibly rich health insurance companies that have abused us for so long! Remember that you told us you want us all to follow the sayings "I am my brother's keeper. I am my sister's keeper." Fighting to bring us REAL health care in the US is one of the ways to do that, in a big way. Please keep the faith!!!! We're counting on you! Make health care in America the best in the world for all of us, instead of America rating 37th in the world, like it does now.
Thanks, everybody! Send your own Public Option images to MoveOn NOW! Peace, Susan