November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009
A Step Close to Affordable, Quality Health Care

Thanks for stopping by to check out another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend.

I am in Jacksonville for a couple of days. I had a doctor appointment this morning to check on my latest counts and see how my health is doing. So far so good all things considered. I had been a little worried that my traveling around the country and my schedule might have harmed my Tcell count but luckily everything is as usual. So all in all I was very happy with my visit to Dr. Katella. It is always great seeing the crew at AIDS Healthcare Foundation where his office is located. I am friends with most of the staff and the pharmacy staff so it is like going to see friends when I am there.

As I spoke of yesterday, the House of Representatives barely voted to approved HR 3962 otherwise known as the the Affordable Healthcare for America Act. Despite countless attempts over nearly a century, no chamber of Congress has ever before passed comprehensive health reform. This is history.

But you and millions of your fellow Organizing for America supporters did not just witness history last night -- you helped make it. Each "yes" vote was a brave stand, backed up by countless hours of knocking on doors, outreach in town halls and town squares, millions of signatures, and hundreds of thousands of calls. You stood up. You spoke up. And you were heard.

So this is a night to celebrate but not to rest. Those who voted for reform deserve our thanks, and the next phase of this fight has already begun.

The final Senate bill has not even been released yet, but the insurance companies are already pressing hard for a filibuster to bury it. OFA has built a massive neighborhood by neighborhood operation to bring people's voices to Congress, and tonight we saw the results. But the coming days will put our efforts to the ultimate test. Winning will require each of us to give everything we can, starting right now.

Even after last year's election, many insider lobbyists and partisan operatives really thought that the old formula of scare tactics, D.C. back scratching and special interest money would still be enough to block any idea they didn't like. Now, they're desperate. Because, tonight, you made it crystal clear: the old rules are changing and the people will not be ignored.

In the final phases of last year's election, I often reminded folks, "Don't think for a minute that power concedes without a fight," and it is especially true today. But that is okay; we are not afraid of a fight. And as you continue to prove, when all of us work together, we have what it takes to win.

So keep on making those calls as this moves to the Senate and let's continue to make history together.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab