First, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of support and excitement over my return to Democracy for America has been incredible. I am honored to work with you and the rest of the DFA community again.
Last night, I announced our biggest and perhaps most important campaign yet on an issue very close to my heart: Healthcare Reform.
We can guarantee healthcare for all if we give every American the freedom to choose between keeping their private insurance – if they have any – and a universally available public healthcare option like Medicare.
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President Obama campaigned on a healthcare plan that included a public option, but for-profit insurance companies and HMO’s are already working hard to strip it from any upcoming healthcare bill. They don’t want Americans to have a choice and they will stop at nothing to kill real reform.
Today, we draw a line in the sand.
A public option is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion is non-negotiable. Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.
This is just the start. We need your help to generate broad based support for a public option. We will need to canvass our neighborhoods, call our elected leaders, and arrange meetings with members of Congress in the coming months.
We need 250,000 signatures by the time this bill is introduced in Congress. As a start, can you help me get to 10,000 by the end of the day today?
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After you add your name, you can sign-up to volunteer or make a contribution. You can also spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. Send a personal email and include a link to the website, update your Facebook status to tell people about the campaign, write a blog post at a local or national blog about why you support this campaign – we need all hands on deck to win this fight.
This will be the largest, most ambitious campaign DFA has ever launched. But I need your help to make it happen. The more people in our movement for change, the more effective we will be.
Working together, we will get healthcare for all Americans. Thank you for everything you do to make it happen.
Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America