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President Obama Recommends Letters
… to get the health care policy that we want.

Community Meeting 4/3/2007 about Health Care
Conducted by Barack Obama during his U.S. Presidential campaign

Barack Obama in the middle of a meeting during which he was pounded with inputs that we need single-payer: “… if you have a thousand people or a couple of thousand people writing letters I promise you that Congressman or woman pays a lot of attention. They really do. Of course, you’ve got to have a thousand or two thousand people writing letters in every Congressional District or at least in a majority of the Congressional Districts in order to actually implement policy.”

In case you cannot access this audio, more of the transcript is provided in Additional Information, below.


A Summary and Conclusion is included, below.


What Was Said To Barack Obama (1 of 2)

“(We currently have) rationing of our health care.
A single-payer system would not have anywhere near
that amount of rationing.” (participants clapping)

What all these stories add up to … that the kind of system we have is actually rationing our health care …
— is actually rationing who lives and dies
— is actually rationing who has to go through financial ruin …

This is a consequence of a for-profit health care system. … — clapping
You are paying the middle-man for what should be just between the patient and the system …

If you cannot access the video, here is the audio:


What Was Said To Barack Obama (2 of 2)

What we really need is a single-payer service. (participants clapping)
We don’t need HMO’s feeding at the trough of our money.

… and …

“It seems to be more of a values issue to me than anything else.
(We’ve told our stories for years.)
Does our country have values … in peoples’ lives?
It’s the profits, the profits, the profits …”


Barack Obama’s Recommendation …

… after hearing the strong pleas for single-payer (video and audios above)

Know about this subject, and then
sign up to follow his recommendation
to send letters in every U.S. Congressional District

What follows is President Obama’s recommendation to Americans as a result of this meeting
that was “almost single-mindedly focused on a single-payer system.”
- Associated Press article in the Nashua Telegraph 4/4/2007

“… couple of thousand people writing letters.
I promise you that Congressman or woman
pays a lot of attention. They really do.”

“… you’ve got to have a thousand or two thousand people
writing letters in every Congressional District
… in order to actually implement policy.”

In case you cannot access this audio, the transcript is provided in Additional Information, below.



Summary and Conclusion

Summary: Barack Obama, as part of the 2007-2008 campaign, heard a definite request for single-payer from the crowd of people at his own community meeting devoted to health care. There were multiple, clear statements about single-payer and supportive clapping with each of the sets of statements made by citizens. He recommended that a thousand or a couple of thousand letters be sent in every U.S. Congressional District in order to get the health care policy that we want. That’s roughly a million letters. As detailed in the link at “More About the Meeting”, below, he also said, to a reporter immediately after the meeting, that he must have a mandate from the people in order to support the people’s request.

Conclusion Based on the summary of what occurred and based on the immense power of the health insurance companies, one could conclude that at least a couple of thousand letters must be sent within every U.S. Congressional District. That’s a million letters.



Additional Information

Transcript of Barack Obama’s Recommendation

“… the one thing I’ll say about government … and I’ve now been in elected office for over ten years … is … Lobbyists have a disproportionate influence because of access … and because (lobbyists) will fight “tooth and nail” for years on (what they want for legislation), whereas everybody else knows that it’s contrary to the public’s interest, but (the public) cannot hire a lobbyist to look out for their interests”

[Woman with whom he is interacting: “But that’s what we elect our public officials to do, don’t we?.” (represent the interests of the people who they represent)”]

“But, but, … that … that’s what … that should be what we do. But here’s the point I was gonna make though …”

“People talk about money corrupting politics.”

“The thing that’s most corrupting politics is the politicians being afraid to lose. The reason that they (accept) all that money is that they think that it somehow it protects them… somehow ensures that they get re-elected. … They take money from lobbyists because they think that it’ll help them get elected or keep their seat. If there are enough voters paying attention where they have a different (motivator) and they know … if I do “X” (the opposite of what the voters want) then I will be punished at the polls … then they’re less likely to listen to the lobbyists. … I don’t want people to lose confidence about the capacity to change how government operates.”

“In a Congressional District if you have a thousand people or a couple of thousand people writing letters I promise you that Congressman or woman pays a lot of attention. They really do.”

“Of course, you’ve got to have a thousand or two thousand people writing letters in every Congressional District or at least in a majority of the Congressional Districts in order to actually implement policy.”

 

More About the Meeting of 4/3/2007

Go here for additional transcripts of what was said at the meeting.

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