The goal of Organizing for America yesterday, October 20th, was for 100,000 calls to congress to support President Obama’s health care plan including a strong public option.

How many calls did we make? 100,000 calls? Actually, we had made 100,000 calls by 3:15PM yesterday.

200,000? 300,000?

No! As of 6:45 this morning we have made over 315,500 calls to congress! And they are still being tallied.

You rock!

You are so fantastic to more than triple our original goal. Thanks for all your hard work yesterday, today, and every day!

Jenny U. from Missouri did what any parent would: When her son needed a kidney, she donated one of hers. But she didn’t realize insurance companies would use her kindness as an excuse to never cover her again, calling her donation a “pre-existing condition.”

My name is David Both and I am currently trying to get healthcare. My job at Cisco Systems went to India and I am currently trying to get coverage under my wife’s healthcare insurance. They tell me I have a “pre-existing condition” but have not specified what it is. They have asked for “proof of continuous coverage” from my ex-employer.

  • Why should “continuous coverage” make a difference?
  • Why should a “pre-existing condition” make a difference?

These are the abuses that we are fighting to change.

Now, insurance companies are spending millions on a campaign of lies to kill health reform that would help folks like Jenny and me. So, today, with crucial negotiations taking place in Congress, we’re raising our voices and making it clear: It’s time to deliver on reform.

We’ve set a big goal: 100,000 calls to Congress made or committed to in a single day. To hit it, we’ll need your help — will you take 3 minutes to call Congress now?

Call Congress Now

Call your representatives and tell them: It’s Time to Deliver on health reform. If you live in North Carolina’s 13th congressional district with me. Please call:

Sen. Richard Burr’s Rocky Mt office at (252) 977-9522
Sen. Kay Hagan’s Raleigh office at (919) 856-4630, or her Washington, DC office at 202-224-6342
Rep. Brad Miller’s Raleigh office at (919) 836-1313

(Not your representatives? Click here to look yours up.)

Health insurance reform is finally ready for consideration by the full Congress, and hundreds of insurance company lobbyists on Capitol Hill are working overtime to kill it. Calling is quick and easy, but effective — and your voice has tremendous power at this critical moment.

After you make your call, tell the staffer who picks up where you live and that you’re counting on Congress to deliver on health reform. Let them know that Americans like you support the President’s plan — and that if your representatives are working to pass it, they have your thanks.

If we hit 100,000 calls made or committed to, we’ll send an unmistakable signal that this time, families must come before insurance companies. We’ll be tracking progress toward our goal publicly — make sure to report your call back to us so we can count it:

Alice and I are preparing to collect food for the “Yes We Cans” food drive with a number of other people here locally and many more around the country. This is part of the Obama philosophy that “we are the change we seek.” It is also in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, which is Monday the 19th.

The temperature is about 20°F this morning so we are dressing warmly. BRRRR!

Watch for more news from Obama’s Change Crew 7 here in North Raleigh.