Over the past few months, we have been working tirelessly on health insurance reform and we will continue to do so until President Obama signs a bill that includes a strong public option into law.
There is one thing that we must not ever forget and that is how to walk and chew gum at the same time.
Something that many of us forget is that politics is local. We come out for the national elections but we sit down and take a rest for all other elections. Not this time. We cannot afford to go back to business as usual. We changed the conversation. We moved the mountain. If we let the ball drop, we will loose all that we worked so hard to accomplish.
The President, as a tremendous leader that he is, cannot do this job alone. There are political races going on from Congress on down all across the country. Our Get Out The Vote effort must be tireless.
Opponents to change are counting on voters staying home — especially those in low income neighbors and our youth. Almost a year ago to date, ACORN registered 1.3 million young voters that has been plagued with attacks from the far right up to this day since those results were made public.
There is no wonder in my mind what the problem is on the right when it comes to ACORN. At the end of the day, ACORN helped to change the course of history.
Moreover, the delay tactics that the Republican party (no doubt learned from the best of all delay tactic mentors — the insurance industry) is doing its best to impose on health reform is also meant to be a distraction, keeping us too busy to Get Out The Vote in municipal, state, gubernatorial and Congressional elections that are coming up.
Not this time. Each of us needs to rally behind our lawmakers who are out there fighting for our rights. This is how we change the conversation from one of big bucks from lobbyists and big industry like insurance to the power of the people.
When you go to a health care rally, take some voter registration forms with you. Make sure folks in your neighborhood have a ride to the polls on election day in your town.
One vote can change the course of history. Let us continue to change the conversation in America. Let us continue to put the power of change in the hands that it belongs — the hands of ordinary citizens. Let us be shocked and appalled that every year approximately 45,000 excess deaths occur due to lack of health insurance. Let us make our voices heard at the rallies and in the voting booth.