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Obama Wants My Help!

Just got an e-mail from the Obama administration -- the first I've seen in some time. Barack Obama, it seems, "needs my voice" on health care.

Ezra --

The chance to finally reform our nation's health care system is here. While Congress moves rapidly to produce a detailed plan, I have made it clear that real reform must uphold three core principles -- it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American.

As we know, challenging the status quo will not be easy. Its defenders will claim our goals are too big, that we should once again settle for half measures and empty talk. Left unanswered, these voices of doubt might yet again derail the comprehensive reform we so badly need. That's where you come in.

When our opponents spread fear and confusion about the changes we seek, your support for these core principles will show clarity and resolve. When the lobbyists for the status quo tell Congress to hold back, your personal story will give them the courage to press forward.

Join my call: Ask Congress to pass real health care reform in 2009.

The ad goes on to ask supporters to send their health care stories. "I will be personally reviewing many of these signatures and stories," Obama promises. "If you speak up now, your voice will make a difference."

Here's the other thing you'll do: You'll build the Obama administration's e-mail list of active health care volunteers. That's what this message is about. The administration doesn't need stories. They need to identify their grassroots universe. And they're doing it now, when the waters are calm, so they'll be ready when things get choppy. As The New Republic's Jon Cohn says, "There was nothing like this in 1993-94: Key interest groups sat out the fight until it was too late; former President Clinton had no grassroots army to deploy." This year, the opposition has no obvious army to deploy, and the administration has the most sophisticated and demonstrably effective grassroots operation in history.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 20, 2009; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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I think it is pretty snide of you to overlook the outrage the reasonable and honorable opposition minority party has maintained whilst wielding agin' the vast conspiracy to overthrow Christendom , Individual identity — to mention a couple . Oh the fancy in the pedigree that roots the fabulous furry furious family tree , KKK , Lil Johnny Birch , sigh , Good Times ! Times of no fury versus's times of peace and prosperity are no contest , give me my furious vapours .

Posted by: gadzooks1 | May 21, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

The thing that bothers me about this is that it doesn't give the reader an opportunity to skip the endorsement and go ahead with his or her ideas. As it is, the letter calls for a blind approval of an as-yet-unseen plan. In my case, for example, I have a member of my family who is self-employed with no insurance and a pre-existing condition which might involve expensive surgery. If he's not covered by Obamacare, it will have been a failure. Yet if I were to sign on as requested, I'd be enlisted as in favor. No thanks.

Posted by: henderstock | May 21, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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