Firedoglake War Room
Welcome to the Firedoglake health care war room, your place for action, information, and organizing in the health care fight.
Whipping the Public Option
This summer, 65 members of Congress signed a letter pledging to oppose any bill that did not contain a public option. On the eve of the health care vote, we're calling these Reps to see where they stand on the health care bill and if they intend to keep their word.
One Voice for Choice
Sign the petition: Vote NO on Anti-Choice Bill
Help us run this ad in Rep. Diana DeGette's district
Nancy Pelosi has said that the final health care bill will contain the abortion language passed by the Senate, which restricts a woman's right to choose beyond current federal law. We need your help to run this online ad telling Reps to support women's reproductive rights by opposing the health care bill.
The Excise Tax
The proposed excise tax on employer-based health insurance will result in weaker, more expensive coverage. By driving up the cost of health insurance to the consumer, many employer-based plans will likely be stripped of many benefits to make them more cost-effective to small businesses.
The Individual Mandate
If the government can't provide a public option to ensure all Americans have access to quality, efficient healthcare, then Congress cannot force all Americans to purchase health insurance. No Public Option? No Mandate.
The Senate Bill
There are myriad problems with the Senate version of the health care reform bill. Below you can find articles on the pitfalls of the Senate bill and ways to improve it.
For almost the entirety of the health care debate, the Obama Administration has relied on economist Jonathan Gruber to make the public case for its idea of reform - even the most unpopular parts. But as Firedoglake revealed on Friday, the Obama Administration has failed to disclose that it paid the same economist more than $780,000.
Take Action for Health Care
Call Progressive Members of Congress
Use our call report tool to call progressive Members of Congress and ask them to hold firm on their pledge and either make a public plan available for Americans or remove the individual mandate requiring them to purchase private insurance.
Write a Letter: How do you feel about President Obama's Health Care proposal?
President Obama unveiled his health care proposal ahead of the Republican Health Care summit in February. With diverse opinions on his plan and the legislation as a whole, we set up a tool to let our readers express their feelings and opinions on the healthcare process this far.
The following surveys were conducted for FDL by SurveyUSA.