October 9, 2009
It’s time to send the “mom in tennis shoes” BACK
Dear Senator Murray,
We have supported you in the past, and might well do so again, if indeed you make your way BACK to your progressive roots. Your failure to support a public option for health insurance reform makes it clear that you value the financial support of private insurance companies more than you do the needs of other moms in tennis shoes, those who can’t afford fancier footware because they spend far too much of their income on health insurance.
We have been dismayed that you have apparently caved in to the lobbying efforts of these corporate giants, rather than taking them on because it’s the right thing to do. You have responded to our advocacy by stating you “don’t believe there is support for a public option.” True leaders don’t test the wind before taking their position. The right thing to do is advocate for a public option. There was a time when you ran against the odds, standing, walking, and fighting for the right thing. Your time in the other Washington must have taken its toll.
We will be watching and waiting to see if you indeed will come BACK to your progressive roots. If not, then perhaps your friends in the insurance industry would be better targets for your fundraising efforts. Wait, they’ve clearly already done their part.
Sincerely and Sadly,
J. Hollis and Sally Bredeweg