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Kucinich Calls For The Medicare Public Option To Be Passed In Reconciliation

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We have dramatic breaking news!

Dennis Kucinich is calling for Congress to pass, in reconciliation of the health care bill, the proposal to allow people younger than 65 to buy into Medicare, which is being called "The Medicare Public Option", the real deal for the American people.

We need to do everything we can to support this valiant and truly progressive man in his quest for true reform for US. There is an audio clip of his new radio spot just released you can listen to on this page:

New Kucinich Radio Spot:
http://www.usalone.com/medicare_option.php

And here is the transcript of it, with Dennis standing strong on this issue:

"Hi, this is Dennis Kucinich, on REAL health reform. We all know what really needs to be done, to expand what's REALLY working, which is Medicare, in a way that makes common sense, and is fiscally sound. That's why I'M pushing for an up or down vote on The Medicare Public Option, to give people younger than age 65 the OPTION to buy into Medicare, at a fair price, if they WANT to. I don't KNOW what the rest of Congress is going to do, I just want you to know, that as YOUR representative I'm fighting so that you can have a REAL DEAL."

Today Dennis is traveling to Cleveland WITH the President, and he is planning on getting these spots on the air and running in Cleveland so that President Obama can hear them while he is in town, and know just how serious the people are about real reform. We want The Medicare Public Option!

And here is an action page where YOU can call for passage of The Medicare Public Option.

Medicare Public Option Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1039.php

Though as originally introduced on the House floor, Representative Alan Grayson did not expressly ask that the Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (HR4789) be passed immediately, he has since suggested that he is interested in this, and there is already a movement growing to do exactly that, with Dennis Kucinich providing critical leadership.

Dennis was viciously attacked last week by some who we THOUGHT were our progressive friends, calling for him to be removed from office just because he would not dishonor his pledge to fight for the real deal in reform. Where in the world would we be without this incredibly courageous man, one of the few in Congress on our side we can count on taking a principled position and sticking to it? Please do whatever you can to express support, and to continue to empower his brave voice which we need now more than ever.

There are activists mobilizing in person all over the country right now to personal ly visit the local congressional district offices of all the members of the House who SWORE last August that NO bill would pass their desks unless it provided for a strong and robust public option, to press them to support immediate passage of The Medicare Public Option. Read their letter from August here:

http://firedoglake.com/files/1/files//2009/08/sec-sebelius-ltr-081709.pdf

These are their own words of 60 members of the House from the conclusion of the letter above.

"any legislation that moves forward through both chambers, and into a final proposal for the President's signature, MUST contain a public option."

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