Today, I'm joining with Democracy for America, Health Care for America Now and Open Left in supporting the Stand With Dr. Dean Campaign. The idea is to put pressure on our members of Congress to find out where they stand on health care reform and whether or not they support Dr. Howard Dean's call for a reform that includes a public option. See Dean's statement here:
Chris Bowers has suggested that we use crowdsourcing techniques to find out where everyone in Congress stands, which also helps pressure them to take the right stand. So here's the plan:
1. Contact your member of Congress via e-mail and ask them the following questions:
1--Do you support a public healthcare option as part of healthcare reform?
2--If so, do you support a public healthcare option that is available on day one?
3--Do you support a public healthcare option that is national, available everywhere, and accountable to Congress?
4--Do you support a public healthcare option that can bargain for rates from providers and big drug companies?
Don't call, do this via e-mail because we want a written response. If they are vague in answering these questions, contact them again and ask for clarification. If they don't answer you, keep contacting them (and have your friends and family contact them) until they do give you the answers.
2. Forward the responses to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're going to publish an official response from as many of our members as possible so we know where everyone is. And we'll keep a track of who isn't responding so we know who to put pressure on. Similarly, once we find out who is on board and who isn't, we know who to put further pressure on down the road.
3. If you have your own blog, post the responses there, too. The more public pressure we can put on Congress, the easier we make it for them to do the right thing.
Here is the public contact info for each of our Florida members of Congress:
Rep Gus Bilirakis R FL-9 http://bilirakis.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=212&Itemid=44
Rep Allen Boyd D FL-2 http://www.house.gov/boyd/zip_authen.html
Rep Corrine Brown D FL-3 http://www.house.gov/corrinebrown/IMA/issue.shtml
Rep Virginia Brown-Waite R FL-5 https://forms.house.gov/brown-waite/IMA/issue_subscribe.htm
Rep Vern Buchanan R FL-13 http://buchanan.house.gov/contact.shtml
Rep Kathy Castor D FL-11 https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
Rep Ander Crenshaw R FL-4 https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
Rep Lincoln Diaz-Balart R FL-21 http://diaz-balart.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Contact
Rep Mario Diaz-Balart R FL-25 http://www.house.gov/formmariodiaz-balart/ic_zip_auth.htm
Rep Alan Grayson D FL-8 https://forms.house.gov/grayson/contact-form.shtml
Rep Alcee Hastings D FL-23 http://www.alceehastings.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=104&Itemid=
Rep Ron Klein D FL-22 email@example.com
Rep Suzanne Kosmas D FL-24 https://forms.house.gov/kosmas/contact-form.shtml
Rep Connie Mack R FL-14 http://mack.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactConnie.ContactForm
Sen Melquiades Martinez R FL http://martinez.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorMartinez
Rep Kendrick Meek D FL-17 http://kendrickmeek.house.gov/contact1.shtml
Rep John Mica R FL-7 http://www.house.gov/mica/messageform.shtml
Rep Jeff Miller R FL-1 http://jeffmiller.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Sen Bill Nelson D FL http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Rep Bill Posey R FL-15 http://posey.house.gov/Contact/
Rep Adam Putnam R FL-12 http://adamputnam.house.gov/contact.shtml
Rep Tom Rooney R FL-16 https://forms.house.gov/rooney/contact-form.shtml
Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen R FL-18 http://www.house.gov/writerep
Rep Clifford Stearns R FL-6 http://www.house.gov/writerep
Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz D FL-20 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Robert Wexler D FL-19 http://wexler.house.gov/email.shtml
Rep C. W. Bill Young R FL-10 email@example.com
We'll also post the results of these at the WatchBlogs dedicated to each Republican member and at the Florida Democratic News blog.
You can also sign the petition on health care here.
I'm Kenneth Quinnell and I approve this message.
Read more on Florida politics at the Florida Progressive Coalition blog (http://flaprogressives.org) and the Florida Progressive Coalition Wiki (http://quinnell.us/sspb/wiki/).