Posted by: mutantpoodle | March 10, 2010

Still Pushing

The Obama Campaign is back.  They’ve prepared summaries, fact sheets, and a spiffy poster to share, all of which are available for download.

Mostly, they need sane folks on the left to counterbalance the often unhinged and frequently inaccurate opposition to healthcare reform on the right.

So:

1. Call your Senators and Congresscritter. (Assuming, of course, that they are not Republicans, because we all know that ship has sailed. Unless you’re in Maine – give Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins a shout, just for fun.  Ask Snowe if it’s been long enough yet.)

If you don’t know who represents you, go here. If you do, use teh Google to get their office number, or call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. When you get through to what will almost certainly be a harried aide, tell them that you are a constituent, and that you are urging them to pass the Senate health care bill with the reconciliation fix.

If your Rep is on record in favor of passing the Senate bill, thank him or her, and tell the person on the phone how grateful you are.  If they are hesitating, tell them why you think it’s important to pass health care reform. If you have a personal story about why it’s important to you, by all means throw that in there.

Above all, be polite. Screaming isn’t nearly as effective as it may seem. If, on the other hand, you are represented by Dennis Kucinich, say whatever the hell you like.

2. Whenever you hear falsehoods about Health Care Reform, correct them.  You can use this handy OFA cheat sheet: I’ve pestered my Senators and Congressman multiple times, and I know, for a fact, that they’re solid yes votes. Still, I’ll be calling them again.

The folks who oppose health care reform may not be well informed, but they’re passionate.  We need to make our representatives know that there are lots of people on the “pro” side of this argument. By doing so, we make it easier for them to do the right thing.

It’s the home stretch, and it’s on all of us.

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