Here is my open letter to Jon Carson, who sends out fundraising emails from Organizing for America, the President Barack Obama grassroots fundraising machine listed online at BarackObama.com. OFA wrote begging for more money to push the Affordable Care Act. That’s fine. I signed up for ACA. I’ve even donated to help make it happen. I’ve even donated to help Democratic Party candidates win. But I’m sick of these appeals, especially when OFA makes this ask as though their current campaign to save the push the Affordable Care Act is a defining moment for America.
“In 20 years, when we’re looking back at this defining moment for health care reform, what will you say you did?” – OFA asks.
My response to OFA:
Dear Mr. Carson:
In 20 years I’ll say I resisted President Obama on his misguided “all of the above” energy policy, got arrested trying to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and spoke out against the President’s ignorant support for fracking. Whether this health care works out or not is not the main thing. ACD (Anthropogenic Climate Disruption) is the main challenge of our times and this presidency, not ACA (the Affordable Care Act). Yes, I have taken advantage of the ACA, but only as I continue to mourn the lack of leadership that caused the failure of the public option, which is what we were promised in the Obama platform during the original campaign; just like he promised that we would be “the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil” yet allows fracking for oil and gas all across this country and more than likely will approve the Keystone XL pipeline to carry the dirtiest oil on the planet.
By end of this September I’ll be on the public option of Medicare, a gift from a more gifted Democratic president of old. When we have a clean energy path to the future and “Medicare for All,” then we’ll really be able to get excited about our political leadership.