Yesterday, news broke that President Obama will make a big speech to Congress next Wednesday on health care.
And according to reports, "although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has no plans to insist on it himself."
In response, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee got a truly depressing email from Christian S., one of our members in Texas:
"Your recent health care ads are great, they hit home. But Obama has decided to drop the public option and for breaking his campaign promise I am dropping out of political activism for the time being."
This fight is absolutely not over, but Christian's feelings are real. If Obama doesn't stand firm on the public option, millions of people will lose hope.
So today, the PCCC is launching a petition to President Obama signed by those who volunteered, staffed, voted for, or donated to Obama's campaign in 2008, asking him to please stand firm on the public option.
If that's you, can you sign this petition today? Click here.
Then, please think hard about others you know who worked for change last year -- and forward them the petition.
The petition says: "We worked so hard for real change. President Obama, please demand a strong public health insurance option in your speech to Congress. Letting the insurance companies win would not be change we can believe in."
We'll make sure the White House gets our message. In addition to delivering the signatures and personal notes from the petition page, we're planning an ad featuring the voices of those who sign.
Obama's speech "is still being debated in the West Wing," reports Politico. That means there's still time -- we have one week to persuade Obama to do the right thing.
Can you sign this petition to President Obama today? Click here.
Then, please forward this to others. Again, we have until Wednesday, September 9. Let's do it.