The fate of health care reform and a public option rests in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin has promised to aggressively pursue votes if the House bill includes a public option.
In addition, we are still threatened by a huge roll-back on women's reproductive health choices. We cannot allow a bill that is supposed to improve the lives of Americans take away existing rights and endanger the health of women.
Millions of lives depend on this health care legislation. A public option is the best way to ensure these Americans receive basic health care.
We need to tell Speaker Pelosi that she must include a public option in the House reconciliation bill. America is depending on her leadership.
I believe that you truly want to help Americans. I know you actually care about the millions of children, women, and men that die each year because they can't access basic health care.
I also know that you care about women's health. You respect a woman's right to her own reproductive health choices and option. Don't let this legislation be the biggest roll-back of reproductive health in decades.
For years we have watched while social conservatives successfully hijacked our country. I implore you to make this stop. Americans want access to health care. For us, it seems this can now become a reality through a public option in the House reconciliation bill.
Show us that the FIRST female speaker of the House can make a difference. Show us that she will stand up for her country and make the right decision.
You have the power to dramatically impact our history and improve the lives of millions of Americans. Don't bend to any pressure. Do what you know is right. Save the Public Option.
We are counting on you, Madam Speaker.