I get it. You’re deflated, feel as though health reform is out of your control, like everything you’ve done could mean little, and you don’t need a young idealist telling you what to think. Well as that young idealist– now is not the time to give up.
One of the highlights of the presidential campaign was the youth involvement and excitement over the political process. If health care reform is not given a full, need I say comprehensive, final push, Democrats are at risk disillusioning this generation. Whatever the result may be, young people need political heroes now more than ever.
Today, President Obama told Senate Democrats to ignore what they hear on the blogs, cable television or other media. However, this is the time when what is reported in the media, through advocacy organizations, and supporters in the public matters the most. If leaders begin to feel a lack of support, they will drop like flies. You, as supporters of health care reform, should be beating the drum louder than ever before. And you should be paying attention to what is written too. Believe it or not, there is good news out there.
The White House finally seems to be getting behind a strategy. It was reported today that the administration privately supports the House passing the Senate bill and nearly simultaneously the Senate passing improvements through the reconciliation process. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are meeting with the president to discuss strategy – and actually communicate – tomorrow.
Hundreds of reformers have been working on this effort for over a year, we are all tired. Health reform has been the professional goal of so many policy gurus. It is easy to say we are closer than ever before and that we’ve worked hard. It is easy to say the story is old and that there is nothing left to write about. But it’s not right. We are far from the end of what can be written on health care reform. Although no health care reform bill would be a professional loss and personal defeat, must we be reminded why we are here?
The millions of Americans without access to health insurance, the small businesses that are crushed by increasing costs, the horror stories, and the daily accounts of frustration– we are fighting to improve the country. We are fighting to make the lives of others better.
No one wants to live with regrets. At these crucial stages, one action can make a significant difference. It is time to dig in your heels, push that extra mile, and become that hero that is needed by all generations.
By Emma Sandoe