Desert Beacon in Nevada puts it far better than I can here...but that's not going to stop me from trying anyway. :)
Most of the recent developments regarding health care reform in the Senate have been disheartening to those of us who support substantive reform.
Between Joe Lieberman behaving as if he is relevant, the death of a single-payer plan, and the way that the Senate plan has morphed from a plan to "reform" health care to a plan to "enhance" insurance industry profits, it's easy to be discouraged.
Don't be, not yet anyway.
This whole mess still has to go to conference committee to be merged with the bill that passed the House.
What is more important than the Senate bill is the final bill, the one that reaches the President's desk.
Many people in the center and on the left may not understand that, but you can be sure that the Republicans understand it all too well. They are less interested in seeing that a "bad" bill passes the Senate than in seeing *no* bill pass the Senate.
They know that it is easier to fix the shortcomings in a bad program than to start one from scratch (witness the months-long kerfluffle over health care reform).
Now is the time for all of us to contact our representatives in Congress again (I know a couple of office staffers who aren't going to be happy about that line :)) ) and let them know that the only acceptable reform is real reform, not an insurance industry wish list. Let them know that their constituents need them to stand strong in supporting substantive reform.
We've given up on single-payer (with all due respect to Senator Sanders, his amendment was never going to pass even if he hadn't withdrawn it). but a non-mandatory public option is a must, and it's a reasonable compromise.
Well, "reasonable" to most anyone who doesn't work for the insurance industry, like Jon Kyl, John McCain, and Joe Lieberman (ok, so it's Lieberman''s wife who works for the industry. He works for her.)
We can get that in conference, but first, we have to *get* to a conference committee.
For that, we need the Senate to pass *something.*
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (CD8) can be contacted via this online form.
Congressman Raul Grijalva (CD7) can be contacted here.
Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (CD1) can be reached here.
Congressman Harry Mitchell (CD5) has a contact form here.
Congressman Ed Pastor (CD4) can be reached via this generic House contact form.
I'm not bothering to list the contact info for any of the Arizona Republicans in the House or Senate. They've all made it clear that they are opposed to any form of health care reform, or at least any that isn't structured to increase insurance company profits and reduce choice for average Americans. If you want to contact them, then use a search engine to find their official websites and work from there.