They said they had a better plan. They don’t.
By Bill Burton, Former Deputy White House Press Secretary
As President Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary, I had an up-close-and-personal view of the fight to bring affordable, quality health care to millions of Americans.
I watched over a hundred hearings. I followed more than 270 hours of floor debate in the Senate. I saw President Obama travel around the country, going from town to town to explain why this law would work — listening to concerned citizens and making our case.
This fight was personal for me. When I was a kid, I depended on Medicaid. I suffered from asthma and chronic bronchitis, and without fail got pneumonia almost every year.
I was proud of the work we were doing, but the entire time, we were up against a smear campaign from Obamacare opponents. It was nasty, brutal, and deceptive. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars working against our cause. They voted to repeal or dismantle it over 50 times. They told us they had something better.
They didn’t. They still don’t today.
Instead, here’s what we they do have: A plan that would cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, raise premiums on seniors, gut Planned Parenthood, and hurt children on Medicaid.
We only have a few days left to make sure key senators know how we feel. There’s no amount of tinkering at the edges that could improve this bill or make it into something that would actually work for children who depend on Medicaid.
So right now, I’m asking you to stand with OFA. Call a key senator or chip in a few dollars to fund the grassroots organizers who are on the ground in key states, working tirelessly to stop this thing:
Originally published at www.ofa.us.