Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lieberman vs. Weiner

Lieberman vs. Weiner

Dear Sharon,

Snowe? Stupak? Lieberman? Who left these folks in charge?

Here's an idea: how about we fight for a Democratic bill?

It's time for the president to get his hands dirty. Some of us have compromised our compromised compromise. We need the president to stand up for the values our party shares. We must stop letting the tail wag the dog of this debate.

This afternoon the New York Times and other news outlets reported that Senator Lieberman was backing away from his own health care proposal, in part because I liked it.

If this wasn't so sad, it would be amazing. Here you have the most important legislation for millions of Americans' health and welfare, and apparently Senator Lieberman backs away from his own proposal.

Why? Because I and a professor at Yale like it.

All I can say charitably is I hope Senator Lieberman looks into his heart and does the right thing. This is not the time for anyone to act for politics, but to do the right thing. Let's be clear, this is an idea Senator Lieberman has proposed, repeatedly. That others embrace it should not be the criteria for leaders to make decisions. It would be tragic if this is what it appears, a decision based on hurting proponents of reform not helping the millions who need affordable health care coverage.

Some may say reformers should never have praised this measure. But that suggests we all agree to live in an Alice in Wonderland world of saying the opposite of what we mean. Now is the time to talk and act on the merits of an issue. Now is the time for leaders to make the right choices, not political calculations.

Time is short. We need your help. Make sure to post this message on your Facebook wall and retweet on Twitter. Ask your friends to sign up at CountdowntoHealthCare.com and join the fight.

It will take your voice to push Congress in the right direction.
1. Click here to post countdowntohealthcare.com on Facebook with the following message:
It's Weiner vs Lieberman. Show Lieberman you support real health care reform. Sign Rep. Weiner's petition athttp://countdowntohealthcare.com Share this message with your friends!

2. Click here to post countdowntohealthcare.com on Twitter with the following message:
It's Weiner vs. Lieberman. Fight for a real #publicoption and health reform. Join Rep. Weiner athttp://countdowntohealthcare.com - Pls RT! #hcr

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