I am rather upset at this latest turn of events regarding healthcare reform. As much as I enjoy delicious waffles for breakfast, I find that the smell of waffling that is happening on my Mainstream Media Box that is being done by the President and the Democratic members of the senate has put me off my breakfast! (Well, not entirely. I guess I could eat a little toast... And maybe some eggs and a bit of bacon. Is there any orange juice?)
I knew right away that I must do something about this foul set of circumstances, and I also wanted to find a list of which senators were not supporting a public option for healthcare reform so that I might apply some persuasion upon these misguided souls.
Using the mystical internet tubes, I found a website from some fellow named Howard Dean. (He's a doctor, just like me!)
I was delighted to find that his website has a complete list of senators and their positions on the important issue of public option for healthcare reform.
This Howard Dean fellow (I just know that I have heard his name somewhere before) says that we should all write to our own personal congress human. He supplies these valuable letter writing tips:
Letter Writing Tips
Write a short note in your own words on why you support a public healthcare option:
* A public healthcare option is crucial to controlling costs, the heart of the healthcare crisis.
* A public healthcare option will keep private insurance honest.
Then ask your Senators these four questions:
* Do you support a public healthcare option as part of reform?
* Do you support a public healthcare option that is ready on day one?
* Do you support a public healthcare option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to our government?
* Do you support a public healthcare option that has the clout to establish rates with providers and big drug companies?
Conclude by reminding your Senators that you are a constituent, and you expect answers to these questions in writing, via email.
I was delighted to find that my own congress human has already shown support for the public option for healthcare reform. Thus I wrote a brief note to express my feelings towards their decision to show their support on this very important issue:
Thank you for supporting a public option for healthcare reform! :o)
I found that I did not feel that I had done enough to express my feelings on the subject however, and I felt further compelled to speak to all of the Democratic senators that were in that dreaded category of "waffler."
I then compiled a list based on those names listed on Dr. Dean's website, and sent the following missive to each and every name on the list of Democrats that still say "I don't know" or "no" regarding a public option for healthcare reform:
Subject: Don't be a knucklehead mcspazatron, Senator!
Why haven't you thrown your full support behind a public option for healthcare reform?
If Barack Obama's healthcare plan gets changed to exclude a public option, then it is not really healthcare reform. Get on the ball, Senator! Don't be a knucklehead mcspazatron. Vote your full support for a public option for healthcare reform!
I strongly urge every one of you to write to your own congress human, as well as sending a note to all of those other "wafflers" as well. It's easy to do. Just write up a letter and a page with your contact info, and then copy and paste each item into each of the corresponding boxes of the email-form-thingie that you must fill out on each of senator's websites. (Only three of them had actual email addresses.) We must have a public option for healthcare reform! (I think that I am going to write to the Republicans next...)