I’m very glad to see that there are members of Congress who are standing up for the public option despite the fact that several high ranking members of the Obama Administration were using rhetoric over the weekend which suggested that it might be willing to drop the public option. The administration might believe that sacrificing the public option would bring more Republicans on board, but the right has already made it clear that they won't be supporting the co-op plan either. The leading right wing pundits, for instance, have already been claiming that the co-op plan is essentially the same as the public option.
Of course, that claim is completely false because there are some very clear differences between the co-ops and the public option. Firstly, a public option is necessary because it would be able to negotiate good rates with the providers because it represented a large enough portion of the market share. The co-ops, however, would be a gift to the insurance companies because they wouldn't be powerful enough to actually negotiate competitive rates. Secondly, a public option would help to make sure under served communities have the access to care that they need. While the RAM clinics that are held in places like Wise County provide a prime example of why this is necessary, a co-op plan would not help to solve this issue.
There are many more reasons why we need a public option over the co-op plan and I strongly believe we need to remind our elected officials of why the public option is so important. If your Members of Congress has already come out in support of a public option, call their office to let them know that you appreciate their support and that you hope they remain committed to passing legislation that's in the best interest of the American people. If they aren't supporting the public option, POLITELY let them know why you think they should support the public option.
The Republicans are continuing to be the party of no and we cannot let them win on this crucial piece of legislation. I strongly encourage you to get in touch with your members of Congress. You can contact the Congressional switchboard by calling (202) 224-3121. The operator will be able to connect you to the Senate or House office that you wish to speak with.