Let’s Claim This Victory!!

Jeffers —

I’m writing to you on a great day for America.

This morning, I gathered with members of Congress, my administration, and hardworking volunteers from every part of the country to sign comprehensive health care reform into law. Thanks to the immeasurable efforts of so many, the dream of reform is now a reality.

The bill I just signed puts Americans in charge of our own health care by enacting three key changes:

It establishes the toughest patient protections in history.

It guarantees all Americans affordable health insurance options, extending coverage to 32 million who are currently uninsured.

And it reduces the cost of care — cutting over 1 trillion dollars from the federal deficit over the next two decades.

To ensure a successful, stable transition, many of these changes will phase into full effect over the next several years.

But for millions of Americans, many of the benefits of reform will begin this year — some even taking effect this afternoon. Here are just a few examples:

Small businesses will receive significant tax cuts, this year, to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

Seniors will receive a rebate to reduce drug costs not yet covered under Medicare.

Young people will be allowed coverage under their parents’ plan until the age of 26.

Early retirees will receive help to reduce premium costs.

Children will be protected against discrimination on the basis of medical history.

Uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions can join a special high-risk pool to get the coverage they need, starting in just 90 days.

Insured Americans will be protected from seeing their insurance revoked when they get sick, or facing restrictive annual limits on the care they receive.

All Americans will benefit from significant new investments to train primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals, and the creation of state-level consumer assistance programs to help all patients understand and defend our new rights.

As I’ve said many times, and as I know to be true, this astounding victory could not have been achieved without your tireless efforts.

So as we celebrate this great day, I want to invite you to add your name where it belongs: alongside mine as a co-signer of this historic legislation. Organizing for America will record the names of co-signers as a permanent commemoration of those who came together to make this moment possible — all of you who refused to give up until the dream of many generations for affordable, quality care for all Americans was finally fulfilled.

So, if you haven’t yet, please add your name as a proud health care reform co-signer today:

http://my.barackobama.com/cosigner

Please accept my thanks for your voice, for your courage, and for your indispensable partnership in the great work of creating change.

History, and I, are in your debt.

President Barack Obama

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Anti-Choice Attacks

Hello!

I know that you were really concerned about the anti-choice attacks to health-care reform, so I wanted to send you this important update.

Health-care reform is moving forward, which is great, but anti-choice Rep. Bart Stupak, Sen. Ben Nelson, and right-wing groups continue to attack women’s abortion coverage in this bill. In fact, in an interview with “Good Morning America,” Rep. Stupak said he would bring down the entire bill unless there is a complete abortion-coverage ban in the new health system.

The staff at NARAL Pro-Choice America are working closely with pro-choice leaders in Congress to fight back against these attacks. I just signed my name to NARAL’s letter to make sure that pro-choice leaders know that thousands of pro-choice Americans from across the country stand behind them to fight against Rep. Stupak’s attack in the coming days.

I hope you add your name, too. We can’t let anti-choice politicians use abortion as a bargaining chip!

http://bit.ly/cKirh4

Thank you.

Reconcilliation Please!!

Lord knows I love me some Brother President. But I have lost patience with him when it comes to his trying to negotiate with Republicans.
Facts:
#1 290 bills passed by the House are sitting in the Senate because Republican Senators refuse to vote on them
#2 The Gop is misusing filibusters to hold up legislations (they have “spiked”) since Obama took office
#3 Democrats have allowed the GOP to chip away at Obama’s health care plan (killing the public option) and haven’t gotten a damn thing for it.
#4 Obama’s health care would save billions over a ten year period and create jobs.
Its time for President Obama to scrap bi-partisanship and the Democrats to call for up or down (majority) votes. In other words reconcilliation.
Don’t take my word watch MSNBC. Sisters and Brothers what say you?

Healthcare Reform and Choice

Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America:

health reform is in serious trouble.
The AP just reported that anti-choice Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson is refusing to vote to move the health-care bill forward – all because the bill doesn’t include his outrageous Stupak-style ban on abortion coverage.
Well, I’ve had enough of Sen. Nelson.
With Sen. Nelson holding up the health-reform bill unless he is granted an anti-choice amendment, we need Sen. Olympia Snowe to step up and be the 60th vote for health-care reform.
Sen. Snowe is the only Republican to cross party lines to vote for health-care reform legislation in committee. And she’s the only Republican to vote twice against a ban on abortion coverage.
Sign our emergency petition asking Sen. Snowe to vote to advance health-reform legislation that doesn’t jeopardize women’s abortion coverage in the new system.
The Senate is set to take critical votes in the next 72 hours, so we need to act fast to urge Sen. Snowe to be the 60th vote.
Add your name now to our emergency petition so that we can pass health reform and keep millions of women from losing their private insurance coverage for abortion.
Thank you for fighting with me.
– Nancy

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Women’s Reproductive Health!!

Dear Valeanne,

The House passed an anti-choice measure that would essentially eliminate insurance coverage for abortion in the new system.
Help us fight back and stop the ban on women’s insurance coverage for abortion.
Add your name to our petition to
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by
12 noon (EST) on Friday, November 13.

Anti-choice politics shouldn’t trump women’s health in Congress. It’s unacceptable.
Yet that’s what happened when the House passed the last-minute anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment to its health-reform bill.
We cannot let this attack stand in the Senate.
Sign our petition calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to save abortion coverage and ensure that the same ban is not included in the Senate’s bill.
I can’t stress this strongly enough: we must win in the Senate to keep millions of women from losing their private insurance coverage for abortion in the new health-care system.
A vote to ban insurance coverage for abortion in the new system will come down to the wire, so we must call on Majority Leader Reid to stand strong against this attack from the outset.
We need to deliver our petitions to Majority Leader Reid by the end of the week before the bill is brought to the floor, so add your name by 12 noon (EST) on Friday, November 13.
Here is what will happen if the Senate adopts the same Stupak-Pitts amendment that passed in the House bill:
It will be virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new system to offer abortion coverage to women.
This would have the effect of denying women the right to use their own personal, private funds to purchase an insurance plan with abortion coverage in the new health system — a radical departure from the status quo. Presently, more than 85 percent of private insurance plans cover abortion services.
We must win in the Senate. That’s why we need to fight back today.
Stand up for women’s access to abortion and sign our petition to Majority Leader Reid.
Thank you for standing with us during this fight.

We did it!!!

Valjeanne —

We did it!

Because of the fierce commitment and unrelenting determination of grassroots Democrats like you, the U.S. House of Representatives made history Saturday night by passing the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

This landmark bill — passed on the 3rd Anniversary of the Democrats winning our Majority in the House — features a strong public option, protection for Medicare and holds powerful insurance corporations accountable.

However, our work is not yet done. The well-funded opponents of reform have already gone on the attack against our courageous Democrats who stood up and voted for this legislation. It is critical that we have the resources to stand strong against these dishonest attacks.

Stand with Democrats against the powerful insurance lobby and their Republican allies who overwhelmingly voted no on health care reform. They have already launched a huge campaign filled with half-truths, distortions and misinformation in a desperate final attempt to scare the American people and undermine support for Congressional Democrats.

Insurance company CEOs know the days of maximizing their profits by denying care to the sick are numbered. They fear for their massive profits and obscenely large pay checks. And Republicans believe demonizing Democrats who voted for health care reform is the only way back to power.

Real change has come to Washington because you and your fellow Democrats are standing up and demanding it. We are in a historic moment. Don’t hold back. Get involved. Please support the DCCC right now.

Thank you,

Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House