To All Subscribed and Future Members of Organizing for America,
Our progress is under attack.
Their majority is not even a day old, but House Republicans are already getting ready to pass a bill to repeal health reform.
Instead of focusing on the future, they want to put insurance companies back in charge of our health care. To go back to the days when these companies could deny coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions, cancel coverage when people would get sick, or limit the care you could receive — even when you needed more. When seniors would be forced to choose between paying their mortgage and paying for their prescription drugs, simply because they landed in the “donut hole” in coverage.
They want to turn our progress into a partisan fight.
But you and I know that the Affordable Care Act and other reforms to protect consumers did not pass because of a partisan or ideological agenda.
They passed because millions of Americans stood up and said we were ready for commonsense solutions after years of fraud and abuse, for a new era of responsibility after unchecked power. They passed because, after 100 years of debate and negotiation, we said we would wait no longer for health reform.
These reforms passed because of you. Now, we must prepare to stand up for them again.
Organizing for America is pulling together a team of organizers and volunteers to defend reform — and we need you on this team. Together, we’ll show how our progress is already improving lives across the country — and take on those who are pushing for repeal.
It’s clear that’s not where House Republicans are looking — they’re putting the car in reverse and heading straight toward the ditch that we just spent two years climbing out of.
As the President said this week, we are still emerging from a recession that took a toll on millions of families, many of whom are still trying to get their lives back on track. The Affordable Care Act and Wall Street reform were important steps forward on the road to recovery, and we can’t afford to play political games with them now.
We have an obligation to ensure our progress is not rewritten by the insurance industry and big banks.
This year, we’ll need to stand by the President as he works to grow our economy, make the United States more competitive, and keep moving the country forward — but we’re also going to have to work hard to defend what we have already achieved.
Lara Queen Black
Courtesy, Mitch Stewart, Director Organizing for America