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Candlelight vigils demand: Don’t kill public option
by Tim Wheeler via PWW
Thursday Dec 10th, 2009 7:33 AM
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 : WASHINGTON-Hundreds of candlelight vigils across the nation Dec. 8 protested a deal on health care reform in the Senate that caves in to the insurance lobby in killing a government-funded "public option" health care plan.
The grassroots organization, MoveOn sponsored the vigils including a gathering in Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill. Other vigils were held near the Washington Monument and in Baltimore, in Ridgewood in Jersey City, New Jersey and hundreds of other cities and towns across the nation. "Conservatives are pushing to bargain away the heart of real reform-the public option," MoveOn charged in a statement posted on their website. "We are organizing emergency vigils nationwide to send Congress a powerful reminder that a majority of Americans want a public option and we won't let it be bargained away."

Health Care for America NOW, a broad based coalition that has fought for the public option was gathering signatures on an online petition headlined, "Say No to Joe!" which denounces Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman's "outrageous demands" that the public option be stripped from the Senate health care reform package. Lieberman has long been regarded as a stooge of the wealthiest insurance companies headquartered in Connecticut.

The petition states, "A public health insurance option that is accountable to voters and Congress and available nationally from day one is essential to lower health care costs and to keeping insurance companies honest. Otherwise, the insurance companies win. Health reform cannot be held hostage by Joe Lieberman. We the American people, reject this so-called compromise."

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by paul burke - author - journey home
Friday Dec 11th, 2009 8:13 AM
If we get a compromise reform Bill through this Congress that extends coverage to millions of people, ends the pre-existing conditions exclusions, adds full insurance portability, makes it illegal for insurers to drop patients or raise their rates just because they get sick, repeal the anti-trust exemption, allow for national programs and get the same prices congressmen and women get as well as exchanges to increase competition, then we will really have done something important.

Paul Burke
Author-Journey Home