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Staff posted on January 30, 2010 16:40

Here’s the video you’ve all been hearing about. Thanks to Mitch Stewart

Organizing for America

Yesterday, the President stood in front of a gathering of House Republicans and took questions for more than an hour, urging them to put aside partisanship and work together for the good of the country. MSNBC described it as going straight into "the lion's den."
He was inspiring.
We've highlighted some of the key moments and trust me, it's worth checking out.

Watch the video

Once you do, please pass this along to everyone you know.
This is the sort of honest dialogue and political courage that we all need to move our country forward.
Let's do it together,
Mitch Stewart


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Staff posted on December 31, 2009 12:48

In just two days it will be 2010, and I have no doubt in my mind that when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve we will be starting an historic year in Florida.
The election next November will be another one that we will tell our grandchildren about. You've heard talk about the 2010 election before. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change Florida for the better; with every statewide elected office open, a U.S. Senate seat, and many state legislative races up for grabs.
But, the political landscape is not why I am sure that we are set to make history when the clock strikes midnight- it's because of you.
You and thousands of other Floridians have decided to help shape our destiny as a state and broken a record for the number of grassroots donors for our Party. If you include all the people that have given to our candidates it's been an amazing year for Democrats. We are coming together to make history in Florida.
Let's finish the year with a bang before midnight tomorrow and show everyone that we are ready to win next November.
There isn't a more important time to build our party for the next election. The historic opportunity we have isn't just a chance to make electoral change, but to change the course of our state.
We all know the last two governors haven't built a solid foundation for our future - just look around at our own friends and neighbors. Too many Floridians are suffering, looking for jobs, and trying to hold on to their homes.
We need to win because it gives us the opportunity to change the face of Florida with new leaders like Alex Sink, Kendrick Meek, and other strong Democrats up and down the ballot.
The only way we are ever going to do that is with your help and the help of thousands of Floridians like you. We have already made our own little piece of history this year - but let's reach even higher - so we can make a lot more history next year.
Please take a minute and donate today before our fundraising deadline at midnight tomorrow and help us end the year with a bang.
Thank you so much for everything you've done this year - from donating to standing up for Florida. Together we will make 2010 a year to remember.
Karen L. Thurman
Chair, Florida Democratic Party

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Netting $2.5 billion in profits last year wasn't enough for WellPoint, the nation's largest insurance company.
Now, WellPoint's affiliate, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is suing the state of Maine for refusing to guarantee it a profit margin in the midst of a painful recession.
Forward this video to a friend in Maine!

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I’m driving my daughter to an orthodontic appointment when this man comes on the radio telling me (sorry Mick) that I won’t be able to choose my own doctor if we adopt any kind of national health insurance plan. The guy sounds kind of angry.

But I have to laugh as I cross the Three-Mile Bridge into Pensacola. I laugh because I am doing what I have done many dozens of times: take off work early, rush home (or to a school), pick up a child, and then hurry them to a medical or orthodontic appointment.

Why would I drive across the busy bridge and then all the way to the other side of Pensacola? I’ll tell you exactly why. Because I was not allowed to choose my orthodontist. My insurance carrier did that for me. Had it been up to me, I would have chosen the perfectly reputable orthodontist down the street about a mile from my house. In that case, I would have saved a lot of gas and a lot of driving time.

And I am one of the lucky ones. I work for a corporation that employs over fifty-thousand people. I get the impression that my health insurance stacks up pretty well comparatively. I like most of my doctors. But my insurance company runs the show when it comes to doctor choice. I must choose a primary care physician from a sanctioned list or get ready to pay a lot extra (sometimes 100 percent). And that doctor may as well refer me only to other doctors on the various specialty lists because I cannot begin to pay the extra money it would cost me to use a doctor not on my insurance list.

So, my family’s medical history has featured me as a taxi driver criss-crossing all over Santa Rosa and Escambia counties delivering family members to doctors chosen by my insurance company. It also features me and my wife doing war against platoons of adjusters whose job seems to be denying coverage that we thought we had, but I’ll save that for another letter.

So, yes, it’s déjà vu 1992 (I’m even driving the same car, seriously). That’s when I heard the same canard repeated endlessly about not being able to choose your doctor under publically sponsored insurance. No matter that the proposed legislation said the opposite in plain English. No matter that Medicare recipients face no such restriction.

Medicare proves that doctor choice is possible under a public plan. What’s not proven to me is that I can afford such insurance under our current system. Every time I need a doctor I am faced with a restrictive list determined by my insurance. Sometimes there is only one doctor on the list (unless I really want to put some miles on this car).

I have worked for three large corporations, a couple of small companies, and I have been self-employed, but I have never been able to choose my own doctors. It would be nice.

Jim Rockett


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America has waited too long for affordable health care that ALL can take advantage of. Please join in declaring your support for comprehensive health insurance reform NOW! Extremists are using the same negative arguments when Medicare was proposed. DON’T LET THEM COMPROMISE YOUR PRINCIPLES !

Work with President Obama and other members of Congress TODAY, TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY to support including the following provisions in any health insurance reform:

·Include a public option that will insure those who can't afford private coverage;

·Include a public option that will give incentive to private insurance companies to rein in costs;

·Allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices and set standards for importing drugs

·Ensure all Americans have a choice of health care plans they can afford regardless of age or any pre-existing condition

·Ensure all Americans have the security of knowing they will not lose health insurance coverage;

·Make sure all Americans are free to choose their doctor and to follow the course of treatment their doctor recommends

Fred and Bessie Vallianos, Democrats

State Committee Man and Woman

Santa Rosa County, Florida

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