Join Our Health Care Tele-Town Hall

08/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

As DCCC Chairman and Assistant to the Speaker, I read the e-mails that you send to us. I wanted to address a recent e-mail from Barbara, who is a retired teacher in California. She expressed concern that Democrats aren't one hundred percent behind President Obama's health care reform plan. I want to address that concern.

While having a strong Democratic Majority is something we should celebrate, we can't forget that bringing real reform involves making very tough decisions. As President Obama often says, if bringing change were easy, it would have happened a long time ago.

After decades of struggle, we are now closer than ever to providing quality, affordable, and accessible health care for every American. Grassroots Democrats should feel pride in getting us to this point by creating a great force for progressive change.

In recent weeks, the Republicans have deliberately spread misinformation about the President's health care reform plan. Right-wing talk radio and TV spew lies 24/7 about the plan. This campaign of distortion is designed to undermine support of the plan in the districts of our most vulnerable members.

The single best way you can help Democrats unite behind President Obama's plan is by helping us set the record straight. Our plan lowers costs, provides greater choice and competition, and puts an end to insurance companies making health care decisions for families.

Only our grassroots supporters have the power to fight back against these Republican attacks and ensure that President Obama brings real health care reform this year.

Thanks for all that you do and I hope that you can join me on Friday.