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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.

» Click here to see the signatures and call these reps.

One Voice for Choice

Sign the petition: Vote NO on Anti-Choice Bill

41 pro-choice members of Congress plesged to vote against any bill that contains language that restricts women's right to choose any further than current law.

» Click here to sign the emergency petition

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.

» Click here to donate to our pro-choice ad campaign

Policy Center

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.

» "CMS: Excise Tax On Insurance Will Make Your Insurance Coverage Worse And Cause Almost No Reduction In NHE"

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.

» "Without A Public Option, The Individual Mandate Is Unacceptable For Moral, Political, And Policy Reasons"

» "This is Nothing Like The Netherlands; That Is Why Individual Mandate Is Unacceptable"

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.

» 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill.

» 35 Ways to Improve the Senate Bill.

» How the Senate bill squeezes the middle class

Jonathan Gruber

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.

» Jonathan Gruber Failed to Disclose His $392,600 Contracts with HHS

» Does Consulting Contract Explain Gruber’s False Claims About Senate Health Bill?

» Jonathan Gruber, “Paid Consultant to the Obama Administration”

Take Action for Health Care

Call Progressive Members of Congress

PhoneUse 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.

» Start calling progressive Members of Congress.

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.

» Click here to write a letter now


The following surveys were conducted for FDL by SurveyUSA.

Arkansas' 2nd District
» Exclusive: Arkansas Democrat Vic Snyder Trailing Tim Griffin 39% to 56%; Individual Mandate Penalty Unpopular with 3 of 4 Voters
» Crosstabs for this poll

Ohio's 1st District
» Ohio Democrat Steve Driehaus Losing To Steve Chabot 39% to 56%
» Crosstabs for this poll

New York's 1st District
» NY-01: Bishop 47%, Altschuler 45%, Adding Public Option Makes Mandate 26% More Popular With Republicans
» Crosstabs for this poll

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