Update: ShowMeProgress joins in to support Cleaver.
Yesterday Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri gave an amazing video pledge to Mike Stark on the Hill, saying he would not support a health care bill that did not have a strong public option available to all from day one.
That makes 8 House members who have made such strong public commitments: Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, Lynn Woolsey, Maxine Waters, Phil Hare, Jerrold Nadler, Rush Holt and Cleaver. Raul Grijalva also wrote the letter to President Obama telling Rahm Emanuel to back off triggers.
These members won’t compromise for Kent Conrad’s weasly "co-op" plan. They won’t try to pass off this insurance industry slight-of-hand as a public plan to satisfy the 76% of Americans who want one. These members are committed to a real, meaningful public option. And if we can get 32 more, we can keep any health care bill from passing that doesn’t have one.
It can’t be all stick, no carrot.
Our page is already #3 on the front page of ActBlue, and we want to get to #1 so people can see we’re willing to support members of Congress who support health care. And ActBlue calculates ranking based on number of donations, not size of donations. So $1 each — $8 to 8 candidates — will really help us get there.
Let’s show these members of Congress that we support them, that we are there for them, and that we will remember that they took a courageous stand to insist that health care for all Americans should be a basic human right.