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Will Chaka Fattah Stand Tough? Where is Bob Brady?
By now, everybody has seen that the Obama administration is wilting under pressure, and sending signals that the public option is not essential to health care reform. The whole thing is shameful. People like Sarah Palin say ridiculous things, stir up the crazies, and as a result, we pull back on a once in a generation opportunity to give every single American decent health care? Instead, with a mandate to buy insurance still likely, and with runaway premiums that will keep rising, we will have a Barack Obama mandated transfer of wealth from middle and working class American’s straight to the pockets of insurance companies. Again, shameful. This is not why we elected these people, and if at this unique time in history they cannot stand tough, when will they ever?
Which brings me to the last, best hope for real health care reform this generation: two Philadelphia Congressmen from West Philly, Chaka Fattah and Bob Brady.
Fattah is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and as such, he signed a letter to the President demanding that a public option be included in the healthcare bill. At this point, there are around 60 members of Congress who have demanded the same thing. They have said that if the President is more concerned with being “bipartisan” with a group of people who have zero intention of ever voting for a health care bill, rather than actually making sure we have a good bill, that the CPC will stop this thing dead in its tracks. The CPC is known for perpetually being rolled by Democrats, who demand that they ‘play ball’ as law after law is weakened. Well, now, they have decided to make a stand. And standing with them is our own Congressman Fattah.
If you are a constituent of Rep. Fattah, call him, and tell him that in the next couple of months, his legacy will be made. Will he and the CPC fundamentally change the power structure in our country? Or will they give in?
And then there is Congressman Brady, who has been largely absent from this debate. Is there a single issue that should be more important to Philadelphia than this? Either we get this right, right now, or we lose our chance for 20 or 30 years. Rep. Brady easily has more than 100,000 people in his district right now who are uninsured. It is time that he held the line, too, and told the President that there is no deal with no public option to keep insurance companies honest.
Over the next few months, the legacy of these men stands in the balance.