We call for a Public Policy Debate between Dr. Flowers and President Obama!

WE ARE TURNING THE TABLES ON OBAMA -- You in?

Flowers v. Obama

SINGLE PAYER IS NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE TABLE? How do I know?

ALL OF US -- with the help of Dr. Flowers --- JUST COLLECTIVELY PLACED IT
THERE. 

The challenge is
on! 


HOW IT
BEGAN


I think most are well aware that in his SOTU speech
Obama said that if anyone has a "better idea" on health care to
"let him know". Dr. Margaret Flowers of PNHP took him at his word and
tried many ways to "let him know" that the better idea was Single
Payer. 

She wrote a
letter and made various attempts to deliver it to him.

This is the
letter Dr. Flowers wrote to president Obama:
http://www.prosperityagend a.us/node/3271

These are her attempts
to reach President Obama and her arrest:
http://www.singlepayeracti on.org/blog/?p=2086

It did,
however, land her a spot on Bill Moyers Journal and she was just fabulous!

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL WITH DR. MARGARET FLOWERS
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/ journal/02052010/profile3. html

From the onset of the health care
debate, Single Payer has been OFF the table and has never really played really
part in the public discussion --- although we all know this is the right answer
and this is what is right for the public and for the federal budget. 

Right now, Dr. Flowers is
receiving some notoriety as she recently appeared on the PBS program, Bill
Moyers Journal.

What we're about to do is turn the tables on Obama to create a power
shift. 


THE
PUBLIC IS GOING TO TURN THE TABLES ON OBAMA --- AND HERE'S HOW

Instead of Dr. Flowers going to President Obama and pleading with him and
asking him to listen ---- and him being out of reach and silent ------
collectively, Dr. Flowers and all of us, will make a bold and direct and public
challenge to Obama to debate Dr. Flowers on health care policy


A
PEOPLE-DRIVEN, POLICY-BASED CHALLENGE

It is call to a policy duel. A
challenge. We will provoke him.
It will call on him to prove that any bill
he's behind is better and stronger than Single Payer. (None is. Single payer is
the best.) 

He will have
to answer to our very public call. Her call will be our call. The burden will be
on him to respond and the request will be very public and not just come from Dr.
Flowers --- but a collective and resounding voice of the people. 

It will not just be one
woman, one doctor, one single payer advocate out there in the cold, alone, but
all of the people behind her as a unified force calling on Obama to debate Dr.
Flowers on policy!

SINGLE PAYER IS NOW ON THE TABLE BECAUSE WE HAVE PLACED IT THERE. 
WE DEMAND A POLICY DEBATE BETWEEN
DR. FLOWERS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. 

We can declare a date, time, and location. We will pressure him and get
the media involved. The big cable networks. We will contact our local papers and
capitalize on social media to get the word out! 

Obama is now being publicly
challenged to "come to the table" (single payer is already there!) to
have a policy debate with Margaret. 

But, instead of Dr. Flowers
being one sole solitary voice, one doctor, one woman ---- making a solo attempt
---- it will be ALL of us backing her, collectively and loudly. Demanding it
from our President! 

Dr.
Flowers will, in effect, represent us, the public. 

We are not going to beg and
plead with Obama and ask, "Will you?"

We are going to TURN
THE TABLES ON HIM with a very public prod, challenge, demand. We're going to
pester, instigate, provoke, bother, persist until our demands are met!

How could he say no to her, to us? It is not just she asking for his ear: it
is ALL OF US! 

But, we
need the media --- the corporate media --- to make the drumbeat sound. We need
to do this together. 

We
need your writing, your contacts, to amp up the pressure. And not quiet, behind
the scenes pressure only using 'social media' alone--- we need to create a lot
of noise. 

More than a
buzz...a drumbeat!

A
PUBLIC CHALLENGE SHOUT!

In effect, it will be The People (Margaret) v
The Establishment (Obama). 

Will you help by getting this VERY PUBLIC CHALLENGE out to people? 

We need to speak with one
voice on this, loud and clear. 

SINGLE PAYER IS ON THE TABLE. THE PEOPLE HAVE PLACED IT THERE. WILL
OBAMA "come to the table" and debate Dr. Flowers?

Will you
help us to get the message out? 

The People (via Dr. Flowers) v. Obama

(Dr. Flowers will be
our representative)

Can we count you in? Will you write about it?
This needs to be a national effort. 

***SIDE NOTE!***

In March Cindy Sheehan begins her Peace of the Action where thousands are
expected to descend on Washington DC and "CAMP OUT NOW!" for weeks on
end, being disruptive and shutting down DC until their "demands are
met". 

It
would be great if --- when the White House is already feeling the pressure from
POTA (www.peaceoftheaction.org)
  in DC the public is demanding a policy
debate with Dr. Flowers at the same time!

This will place ADDED
pressure on Obama and the White House when they are already getting some heat
from POTA!

March will be a great time for the public to ramp it
up.

Thank you!

Terri

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Margaret Flowers hopes that you will spread the
word: 

Sign the petition
to the President at healthcare-now.org and let your members of Congress and
Senators know that it isn't too late to move to a Medicare for All system!
Onward!

Dr. Flowers not being arrested.

Our representative, Dr. Flowers, voice of the people eager and
willing to debate President Obama on the merits of Single
Payer!

 



DR FLOWERS NEEDS OUR HELP! Here's how we can help her!

RE: Health Care Summit in DC on February 25th

A message from Dr. Margaret Flowers: "Mark your calendars for the Feb. 25th White House Health Summit and let me know if you can be in DC that day. Details to come...." Email Dr. Flowers at mdpnhp a+ gmail.com if you can be in DC that day! 

Thank you!
Health Care Summit in DC on February 25! 

Contact Dr. Flowers at mdpnhp a+ gmail.com if you can attend! She will provide details soon!


 

From Bill Moyers' Journal of last Friday:

Dr. Margaret Flowers:...

And then we had some amendments that were introduced that were good amendments. They would have substituted a national single payer system for the legislation that was going through, so we were really pushing on that. And then we saw that all of that fell apart.

BILL MOYERS: And then?

DR. MARGARET FLOWERS: Well, what we learned through this process is there was a lot of control coming from the White House. And they did not- they wanted to pass something. They were putting everything off on passing something in health care reform. And they were concerned that if we let the single payer voice in, or if it was associated in any way with a legislation, that it would hurt their ability to pass that legislation. So they kind of put the kibosh on it.

BILL MOYERS: The White House.

DR. MARGARET FLOWERS: Yes, it really came down from the top. We tried to bring our viewpoint in this summer. We actually brought doctors and nurses in. That was a lot of what I was doing, to meet with staffers and meet with legislators and educate them about health policy, what makes good sense from a health standpoint, not an, you know, special interest standpoint. But when we tried to reach the White House and ask to be included there, we requested meetings with the president on numerous occasions. And they just said no.

 


Dr. Flowers, Kai Newkirk, and their collaborators put their bodies on the gears for all of us, thanks!

 

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It can't hurt to try.

Leave his advisors mistakes in the dustbin.

I think it provides President Obama an exquisite opportunity  It's a once in an Administration chance to start over on one of the most important policies he'll be know for passsing or failing.

President Obama has a real opportunity to DO OVER and leave the blame for all the crappy mistakes made by his corporate-owned advisors (Rahm Emmanuel, Plouffe, etc) behind as he declares, "This time, I'm making the decisions based upon what got me elected."

What got him elected?  Grass-roots fools like you and me who ain't worth a diddly-squat to Rahm Emmanuel.

Read this Rolling Stone piece, it details how Obama can make this DO-OVER work: pay attention to us, not Rahm's big deal partners.

No We Can't:
Obama had millions of followers eager to fight for his agenda.
But the president muzzled them - and he's paying the price

There are some perfectly hit-the-bullseye quotes in that article.

Reading this passage got me alot closer to empathizing with how Jane Hamisher signed the same letter Grover Norquist did.

Not only did the White House fail to crank up its own campaign machinery on behalf of health care, it also worked to silence other liberal groups. In a little-publicized effort, top administration officials met each week at the Capital Hilton with members of a coalition called the Common Purpose Project, which included leading activist groups like Change to Win, Rock the Vote and MoveOn. In August, when members of the coalition planned to run ads targeting conservative Democrats who opposed health care reform, Rahm Emanuel showed up in person to put a stop to the campaign. According to several participants, Emanuel yelled at the assembled activists, calling them "fucking retards" and telling them he wasn't going to let them derail his legislative winning streak. "We're 13-0 going into health care!" he screamed. "We're not going to be 13-1!"

He's the 'fucking retard'.

The closing couple of thoughts help understand why this article is worth the read.

The failures of the past year, however, have left a strong sense of betrayal among many who once were Obama's fiercest advocates. "After all the sweat and tears of the campaign," says the creator of a popular pro-Obama website, "we were owed the opportunity to fight for something." Adds another, "We thought we had earned an ownership stake in the future of our country through this campaign, but that ownership stake has been revoked."

Had Obama let his activists lead the charge and gone to the mat for health care reform, would the outcome have been any different? "I can't say that we would have health care reform," says Moulitsas. "But people wouldn't be so demoralized. We'd have an engaged base still willing to fight for that change. And I tell you what: We would not have lost Ted Kennedy's seat."

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