Simultaneous blastmails delivered a short while ago, those dratted Conservadems at it again:
The public option will provide Coloradans much-needed competition and choice for health care. And with the majority of Senators, Representatives, and the American people supporting a public option, its passage would seem inevitable.
But in fact, the public option is in real danger.
That’s because the quiet threat of a filibuster effectively holds the public option hostage. Through the filibuster, Senators can delay debate on the public option indefinitely, preventing the Senate from ever holding a democratic, up-or-down vote on the issue.
On behalf of the people of Colorado, we’ve written an open letter to all United States Senators asking them to stand up for people and not the profits of the insurance industry. If you agree that the public option deserves an up-or-down vote in the Senate, then please take a moment to sign our letter.
Gov. Bill Ritter’s name is also all over this open letter, which we find a little odd being as how he’s, well, not a Senator and won’t be much help overcoming a Senate filibuster. Of course there is this new Washington Post/ABC poll that makes health care look like a good place to throw down for any candidate, not to mention that getting this health care reform thing right just might be good for the state budget, too.