Friday, March 26, 2010

Obama: "Thank Representative Capps"

"Dear Arnaldo:

According to our records, you currently live in California's 30th congressional district. When your representative, Representative Lois Capps, stood up and supported reform, it was a courageous step in the face of insurance-industry attacks -- and it proves that your voice was heard.

Now, many in Congress already face well-funded attacks by special interests in retaliation for standing in support of reform. GOP representatives and attorneys general are trying to repeal or overturn the legislation, and deceptive attack ads are hitting the airwaves.

But a big-money attack ad isn't nearly as powerful as the real story of an actual constituent -- so we have to get our voices out there and make sure enemies of reform don't dominate the public discussion in these crucial moments.

Organizing for America volunteers across the country are writing letters to the editor of their local paper to thank their representatives for supporting health reform.

Can you join them?

The letters page is one of the most read in the newspaper, and speaking up there can go a long way toward showing our representatives that when they stand up and fight for us, we'll fight for them.

To show local support, OFA supporters are writing in with specific messages about what reform will mean for them, their families, and their friends -- and their communities.

According to our records, you live in California's 23rd congressional district. In your district alone, reform would:

-- Ban discrimination against 17,000 residents with pre-existing conditions;
-- Provide tax credits and other assistance for up to 143,000 families;
-- Extend coverage to 92,000 uninsured residents;
-- Save 900 families from health care related bankruptcy; and
-- Get full prescription drug coverage for 92,000 seniors on Medicare.

Please send a letter to the editor of your local paper, and thank your representative for making history:

Thanks for making it happen,

David Plouffe
Organizing for America"

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