Dear President Obama,
Iâ€™mma call you that because I feel like cats are way too informal when they refer to you in the media; I know folks are disrespectful on purpose think youâ€™re their homeboy, but if I hear another smirking, helmet-haired anchor call you Barack Obama, Iâ€™m going to scream, real talk.
Anyway, Iâ€™m writing to tell you that I donâ€™t want you to sign a healthcare bill this fallâ€”not if it doesnâ€™t include a public option. Seriously. I really donâ€™t care how hard youâ€™ve championed healthcare reform, and I donâ€™t give a freak how long Congress has worked to hammer out a compromise of a billâ€”if it doesnâ€™t include a public option (where those who canâ€™t afford private insurance are covered, employers are compelled to cover their employees at reasonable rates, and children donâ€™t want for care, ever), then itâ€™s just that: compromised.
Now I know Iâ€™m asking a lot of you. Iâ€™m asking you to possibly veto a bill youâ€™ve been pushing for since your stump speech days. Iâ€™m asking you to risk confusing the hell out of a large option of the country. (â€œBut I thought the Black socialist president was for healthcare reform?â€) Iâ€™m even asking you to trust Congress to fit in a new, improved bill around their busy talk-shit-and-kiss-bald-headed-babies-and-to-reelected schedule. But, dammit, if you donâ€™t, a whole lot of folksâ€”the ones who believed in your before Hillary cried, before â€œYes We Canâ€ was emblazoned on pre-shrunken cotton t-shirts, before you shocked the country in Iowaâ€”will be disappointed in you. And Iâ€™m not talking about that shrug our shoulders and lament that â€œItâ€™s politics and he has a job to doâ€ disappointment that weâ€™ve been feeling intermittently since January. Iâ€™m talking about the, â€œMaybe we made a mistake and this politics ish really isnâ€™t our thingâ€ type of disappointment. Disillusionment disappointment. Take our basketball vote and walk away disappointment.
In short, Iâ€™m asking you to display a tremendous amount of testicular fortitude. Iâ€™m asking you to remember why you got in this game when you could be racking up book royalties and lawyering it up in Chicago. Most of all, Iâ€™m asking you to have faith that weâ€™ll be behind you if you have to do what needs to be done to insure our nationâ€™s children, get the 45 million+ uninsured in somebodyâ€™s exam room for preventive care and avert the 2.346 millionÂ bankruptcies that are projected to be caused by medical bills this year (typically 62%Â of all annual bankruptcies in the US). In short, Iâ€™m asking you to do what you said you would do. Even if it means vetoing a hard won bill that doesnâ€™t include the only option that matters.
Yours in the struggle,
Check out this site for more info on the public option.
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