As the debate over Health Care Reform rages on, we need to channel our anger and frustration toward those that would challenge the bill, into effective strategies for promoting it's benefits.
These five websites contain facts, figures, and personal success stories which can be used to build an impressive case in favor of the law. Use these sites to personalize the law, when you share the experiences of your neighbors the benefits of the law become more compelling. Develop a list of statistics that illustrate the effectiveness of the legislation.
Once you have the information, it can be packaged in a number of ways.
- letter to the editor,
- comment at a website
- note to your elected official
- resource for volunteers calling during the election
- flyer you hand out in your neighborhood
Let's now forget the conversations you have in the online community, here are a few ideas:
- each week post a health care statistic for your community on your Facebook page.
- tweet a a unique health care story each day and include a link to one of the sites listed below
- email success stories to family and friends, it's OK to just copy and paste
- copy this article (you have my permission) and include it on your website or blog
White House :: 50 States 50 Stories :: Ten statistics of how the law is affecting folks in your state, one story on an individual who has been helped. Use their form to share your story.
Progress.democrats.org :: Stats and one story illustrating progress in the areas of Health Care, the Economy, Education, and Energy.
MomsRising.org :: Hundreds of personal stories from families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act. Share your health care experience.
Organizing for America (OFA) Write Your Paper :: This site provides talking points you can use for a letter to the editor. These short, sweet, and effective phrases can also be used in website comments at a letter to your elected official, or worked into conversations with neighbors and friends.
CredoAction.com :: Sign a petition supporting health care and many other causes.
- Respond to inaccuracies to the health care law you find in media: E-mail, Facebook or Tweet them. Reporters and Talking Heads love Twitter!
- Thank elected officials who are working to keep and to implement the health care law.use the Congress.org to find contact information for your elected officials.
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