The media and some politicians say we "don't have the votes" in the Senate for real health care reform with a strong public health insurance option.1 But poll after poll shows that three out of four of people want a public health insurance option to keep the insurance companies honest.2
Click here to call your Senators and ask them to support real reform - reform with a public health insurance option to keep the insurance companies honest.
The President's Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said today, "The President believes that the public option is the best idea he has seen for achieving the goals of lowering costs and increasing choice and competition." And Speaker Pelosi has made it clear that the House of Representatives won't pass a bill without a strong public option.
Senator Jay Rockefeller said yesterday that, "I believe the inclusion of a strong public plan option in health reform legislation is a must."3
Unfortunately, some Senators are proposing state-based co-ops as an alternative. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office made clear that co-ops do nothing to lower the cost of insurance.4 And we know that only the government has the clout to force insurance companies to change the way they behave.
We need to get a simple message to Senators: Join with the majority of Americans to support a public option to lower costs and keep insurance companies honest. A co-op isn't a public insurance option.
At this critical time, can you call your Senators urge them to support reform that the American people want and need? Click here to call.
To your health,
Health Care for America Now
1. 'Public Option' in Health Plan May Be Dropped - New York Times
2. Obama Boost: New Poll Shows 76% Support For Choice Of Public Plan - Huffington Post
3. 'Public Option' in Health Plan May Be Dropped - New York Times
4. Compromise Co-Op Proposal Won't Lower Costs, Government Study Showed - Huffington Post