Health Care Now Pledge

Some unknown -- but potentially decisive -- number of Congressional Democrats have tentatively concluded that their electoral chances this fall are improved by avoiding further debate on health care reform. Let's prove them wrong.

I believe that their analysis of public reaction is completely mistaken in the first place, but my faith in the patient offer of logic for their consideration is wearing thin.

Therefore, working from a similar suggestion posted by another contributor to this site, I have a more direct suggestion. Let's apply our cumulative financial influence to the side of pressing for action on health care reform legislation.

Tell Democratic Members of Congress that the only federal candidates getting our contributions this year are incumbents who voted for reform and who continue to call for its passage now, and challengers who express clear support for passage of health reform. (Are you an incumbent who voted "no" in the first round? Then come back and ask again after you've voted "yes" on final passage.)

Tell the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) and the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) that they'll get our contributions this year only AFTER health reform legislation is passed.

Let the DSCC and DCCC convey the feedback to Congressional leadership that Congressional spinelessness on this issue is slowing down the money train. If political survival (which sadly includes fundraising capacity) is the only language which some of them speak, let's talk their language.

After all, this is the kind of issue that defines what it means to be a Democrat in the first place. With the largest majorities in the House and Senate (even after the Mass. special election) that we're likely to see for many years, this is our only good chance to act on this crucial problem.

I personally consider access to health care the most important social justice issue of this generation. Accordingly, I'm prepared to make it the subject of the kind of blanket call that I rarely endorse.

No histrionics. No threats. No deals. Just a promise.

Call it the Health Care Now Pledge.

**Here are the phone numbers:
--Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447
--Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Main Phone Number: (202) 863-1500


I'm in

You've given me the simple response I need for all the calls I get from Democratic fundraisers. Nice plan.


to be of assistance, James!

Dan Besse

I'm in

I dissed the "Dem congressional legislative committee" to stop asking me for money and using the Repugs as the reason they need money.If the dems cant pass a bill with a majority, then no amt of money will help.

I like your idea, more positive reinforcement, than my --Do not darken my door.

But my earlier suspicion about Rahm E. is returning. He turned his back on Kissell his first run, he wants the Party to turn their backs on us, progressive/liberals. And most seriously, he is not fighting the 50 state strategy witness Mass.

I would like to know who put the tiger in President's tank? if it is Rahm, then great. If it is Plouffe, then makes me wonder what Rahm has been advising?


Of course I'm in.


You know I'm in.

The bill does not need CPR just yet

I am confident that the democratic leadership in both houses of congress are still working to find a way to get a comprehensive health care reform bill on the President's desk.

The president is showing that he is willing to continue the fight and Pelosi and Reid are looking at a number of options including reconcilliation.

But, at the end of the day, it will be so very important for the democrats in congress to be united in this effort and step up and do the right thing rather than cow-towing to the republicans.

I like what you have suggested, Dan. The democratic party faithful expect this. It is one big reason we united to give democrats the majority in both the legislative and executive branches as you have said.

I do not think this issue is dead by a long shot. If you are changing a tire and are having a tough time getting some of the lug nuts off, sometimes you have to spray a little WD-40 on them, get the point?

Thanks--please cross-post the idea.

Clearly this is not the most original suggestion (and a hat tip to cutter here of course), but a variation on one that has been tried in many other contexts. However, I think it's particularly timely in this instance--and could work.

I'm sure that a lot of other frustrated Democrats are thinking similar thoughts around the country. I'd encourage cross-posting the idea in as many locations as possible. I've put it out on Facebook and will be sending out a broadcast email later today.

I expect it's an idea that's broadly enough shared that it could go viral with a little push. And if it already has from some other source that I'm just not aware of yet, please let me know, and I'll tie into that.

Dan Besse

Call the DSCC and DCCC

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Phone (202) 224-2447

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Main Phone Number: (202) 863-1500

The DCCC staffer said that they have been getting quite a few calls from people saying that they are not donating until HCR is passed. Keep it up!