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"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

...............................................................Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Elizabeth Edwards Goes Public

You have to sympathize with the demonstrable resilience of Elizabeth Edwards as she slogs up 'til last night through the obligatory book tour round of public appearances and the oh-so-smarmy blunt and subtle questions about her marriage and he-who-shall-not-be-named.

Last night on The Daily Show—admittedly the first and only of her tour appearances I've actually watched, not being in need of a fix of gossipy innuendo and titillation, I do have a life, thank you very much—Elizabeth had the opportunity to advocate that the new health care program must include a public option in order to function in the best interest of the American people.

I've a hunch she's put up with a lot of the media b.s. of late just so she could make that point. Kudos to her.

And Kudos to Jon Stewart for treating her with the respect she deserves. And the rest of us in the audience, as well.

Too bad the "journalisticalwrestling" contingent who look down their noses at such as bloggers and comics can't rise to the same standard.


Democracy for America is urgently calling for phone calls to Congress. Please read this email they’re sending and add your voice in support of the public option. While DFA provides suggestions and the national switchboard, I’ve always found it more effective to call homestate offices and speak for myself in my own words.

DFA says:

Republicans have figured out that they can’t beat us on healthcare reform if they fight inclusion of a public option head on. So, instead they are looking for different ways to kill a public option without actually calling it that.

This week they launched their first real attempt and it is already picking up a bit of steam among so-called Senate moderates.

They call it “the trigger.”

They want Americans to keep the same broken system we have now and give the insurance industry one more chance to fix it on their own. Then, if insurance companies fail, the bill would “trigger” the public option — you know, in like 7 years or so.

We need to act right now. Call your Senators and tell them that a so-called trigger is a no go.

Senate Switchboard
(202) 224-3121

Suggested script:
“I oppose the healthcare trigger. Please ask the Senator to stand up against the insurance industry and the so-called ‘trigger’ for a public option. We need the choice of a public healthcare option now, not more of the same broken healthcare system for years to come.”


The real fight has begun. We need to act fast, make our position clear and fight for real reform. Please make your calls right now.

Tell Congress we didn’t vote to wait — We voted for change.

crossposted at firedoglake's Oxdown Gazette

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