Four more Democratic Senators signed on to the push for a vote for the public option today, including Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. The following is an email sent out today via BoldProgressives.org:
Senator John Kerry did Massachusetts proud today.
The DC pundits are telling Democrats to cave to Republicans and big corporations in the name of “bipartisanship.”
But Kerry joined the growing list of senators calling on Majority Leader Harry Reid to do the will of the people — and pass the public health insurance option through “reconciliation.”
When elected representatives take bold action, they deserve our praise.
We’ll deliver your note to him.
Those who signed the letter to Harry Reid now include: Mike Bennet (CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (MN), Jeff Merkley (OR), Sherrod Brown (OH), Patrick Leahy (VT), John Kerry (MA), Al Franken (MN), and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI).
As thousands of calls and notes flood into Congress, this list will surely grow.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
— Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor, Aaron Swartz, Michael Snook, Brian Bills, and the PCCC team
P.S. CNN described the impact of this campaign:
The fight over health care reform burst back into public view Tuesday as four Democratic senators asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on a government-run public insurance option.
[Sen. Mike] Bennet took the lead in the Senate to round up co-signers for the letter, which was spearheaded by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America and Credo Action. A similar effort in the House netted 119 signers to a letter.
John Kerry added big momentum to this effort — please thank him here.
Scott Nance has more on the puch for a vote on the public option in his post below.