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ACTION ITEM: Help push HR 4789 (Public Option Act) to the floor for a vote.

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You may be interested to know that Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently proposed enacting legislation to address the health care crisis. His proposed bill is HR 4789. It's called the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (also known as the Public Option Act). If that became law, it would make it possible for anyone who wanted it, to buy into Medicare. His arguments in favor are crisp, clean, and cogent.

Recently, thousands of people protested in the streets of DC demanding a public option. Grayson's proposal is currently the quickest way to get that. His approach short-circuits all the nonsense that has consumed millions of dollars and thousands of hours to produce garbage.

The only way it will get to a vote is if it is voted out of committee.
In this case, that would be the Ways and Means Committee.

If you look at the current list of cosponsors (now at 50 64, from the original 10), you will notice something important

A lot of the Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee have yet to endorse this bill.

It's great that Alan Grayson has the support of people like Donna Edwards, Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, Jared Polis, Carol Shea-Porter, Chellie Pingree, John Conyers, Jim McDermott, Janice Schakowsky, Dennis Kucinich, John Lewis, Elijah Cummings and others.

But thevotes of support we need to get right now belong to members of the Ways and Means Committee. Without their support, this bill will die in committee.

We know we can't wait for the Democratic Party "leadership" to tackle this for us.We need to follow Grayson's leadand do it ourselves. Now is the time to start dialing for dollars. To help you help Grayson help all of us, I have put together a hit list so we can whip this bill ourselves.

Some Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee have already endorsed the bill. I have noted them below so you can call and thank them.

When you contact the remaining Democrats, here is a proposed script you can use or modify as you see fit when you are talking to their legislative assistant for healthcare.

I've learned that Representative Alan Grayson has introduced a bill that would allow all Americans to buy into Medicare. It's HR4789. I'm calling to encourage the committe to act on this bill quickly so it comes to the floor. This bill is a very good thing and does not stand in the way of any other health care initiatives. Will Rep. [fill in the blank] vote it out of committee so it can be voted on by the full House? Will they cosponsor the legislation as well? (If not... why not?)

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