Bloggers' Project Raises Over $300k for Those Supporting Public Option

Jane at Firedoglake reports contributions to the ActBlue Fund for members of Congress who won't support a health care bill unless it has a public option have soared to over $300,000.

Crooks and Liars reports MoveOn has joined the effort. Think Progress says a SurveyUSA poll finds 77% of Americans support the public option.

Keep the contributions coming.

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    Just donated the dog treat money (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:11:26 AM EST
    Someone's gonna be po'd. But he already gets good health care.

    Which public option? (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by lambert on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 12:05:39 PM EST
    Hackers academic plan (the bait), Medicare-style with 130 million enrollees, or HR3200 (the switch), means-tested and firewalled, with 9 million enrollees?

    And hasn't it occurred to any of the incremental advocates that the mandate is really a bailout for the insurance companies? And when they get a guaranteed income stream from public option, they'll turn right round and throw a percentage back to Congress to prevent further reform?

    And can somebody, anybody make the case that the mandate isn't going to force millions to buy junk insurance, just like the Mass Connector did?

    And that the IRS forcing compliance to the mandate is a political nightmare?

    Plenty of reasons why no bill is better than a bad bill; those are some of them.

    lambert (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by cawaltz on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 12:41:43 PM EST
    Repeat after me, Single payer IS a public option. It is THE public option that makes sense.

    Move the idea mainstream.


    I kicked in yesterday (none / 0) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 08:53:40 AM EST
    and may again today

    I just read nyceve's diary on this (none / 0) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:12:30 AM EST
    It's fabulous!  I've been so bummed since the election at what I got for my money.  I swore that I wasn't going to give anymore until politicians started giving us something for our dollar.  Even Obama promised me public option and now doesn't feel like he has to give me my money's worth.  It is so hard to trust again, but I'm thinking about getting my checkbook out on this.

    Support the public option? (none / 0) (#5)
    by my opinion on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:13:18 AM EST
    Support an unknown and undefined program?

    Personally, I would pledge (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Cream City on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 10:19:55 AM EST
    but not make payment right way, pending performance.  But then, I know the on-again, off-again of my member of Congress on the list.

    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by MO Blue on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 10:30:40 AM EST
    What I would prefer is that the money be designated to the individual politicians but not disbursed. If legislation is passed with a robust public option, the Representatives get the funds. If they cave, the money is used to run ads or primaries against the Blue Dogs and conservative Senate members.

    The program in the House bill is at (none / 0) (#6)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:16:25 AM EST
    least a foot in the door and can be expanded. If a bill is going to be passed, and I believe it will, I don't think we should give up on getting at least that much.

    You sound like someone that has given up. (none / 0) (#10)
    by my opinion on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:24:08 AM EST
    Given up on getting single payer out (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:25:54 AM EST
    of this congress and administration? Yup. They have said NO and I believe them.

    I'm going to do it to make a statement (none / 0) (#7)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:18:23 AM EST
    that I have a voice and I have dollars too!  The insurance companies are going to dry up even if they don't give us a public option.  You don't get your money's worth from them either.  Why pay them premiums so they can deny you care?  As Americans jobless recovery sets in we are going to be getting our money's worth or we won't pay.  Without free flowing crazy credit, people start getting really ticked off about being ripped off.  Whatever money politicians think they are going to get out of the insurance companies, they had better take a cold hard look at this jobless recovery and recalculate.  Now is a really good time to wake up and listen to me!

    What I would love to see (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by ruffian on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:23:29 AM EST
    is a massive health insurance strike. Just everyone cancel their coverage, or stop paying premiums. If Grover Norquist can starve one beast, we should starve a worse one.

    Out of the question for too many people with health care needs to contemplate, but it is a fantasy of mine.


    300 large... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:27:17 AM EST
    could buy a nice little chunk of actual healthcare for an actual human being....now it will buy campaign commericals and road signs and deli platters.

    Just sayin'...of course, people should spend their money however it makes them happiest.

    If you have a Rep who's actually (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:34:17 AM EST
    working for your benefit, it's more than a deli platter  ;)

    I'm quite pleased to see my Rep on the ActBlue page, as I am when I see her defending womens issues etc. When I move, I'll be in a Repub district, which is going to suck big time from what I can see of the guy . . .


    Have a question about these contributions (none / 0) (#17)
    by BobTinKY on Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 10:34:14 AM EST
    I put in some money but was unclear whether the Progressive caucus recipients know why these contributions are coming in.  Does ActBlue identify the contribution as being a reward for standing firm on a public option?