Lights! Camera! Reform!
In an effort the further push his health care reform agenda, President Obama is enlisting the help of the people who would be most likely effected by the change to health care. These people being you and I. In partnership with Obama’s website, Organizing for America, the President is calling American citizens to submit 30 second videos explaining why health care is important to them, and why this reform is so vital to the improvement of lives in this nation. As personal as health care is to each and every one of us, it’s important to highlight how significant good health care coverage can save lives and families. Our stories may never be the same, but our cause surely can be. So here’s the challenge:
Create the best 30 second video you can that makes the case for passing health insurance reform in 2009. This is a complex and often personal issue, and there’s way more angles to cover than anyone can squeeze into 30 seconds. So here are some themes to consider as you choose what to focus on:
The need for reform
• Personal stories: It’s hard to get more powerful than sharing a personal story about how the broken status quo has affected you and the ones you love.
• The cost of inaction: There’s lots to cover about how spiraling costs are breaking the budgets of families, governments and businesses, and the high price we’ll all pay if we don’t act.
• The opponents of reform: It’s amazing the levels some will stoop in order to score political points or protect their profits. This is your chance to call them out.
The President’s plan
• For those with insurance, the President’s plan will provide more security and stability. You won’t get cut off for being sick, face discrimination because of your gender, or run up against an annual or lifetime cap ever again.
• For those without insurance, the plan will guarantee affordable options so that every American finally gets the peace of mind and quality care we deserve.
• And it will rein in out-of-control health care costs and accomplish reform without adding a dime to the deficit.
Your video can be serious or funny. It can feature charts and graphs or satire and songs. It can just be you with a good idea in front of a basic web camera, or it can be a special effects filled mini-spectacular. Just keep it to 30 seconds, keep it honest, and make sure that folks who see it will be fired up about passing health reform in 2009.
President Obama seems to be sticking to his grassroots background, the same initiative that got him his Presidency in the first place. This is the best possible way for American citizens to make their voices heard amongst the complaining and fighting between the Democratic and Republican parties. The same bickering that seems to be taking the place of rational conversation between these two groups, causing our politicians to forget who this reform will most effect: The American people. So if you’ve got a story, the President wants the hear it! Deadline for submission will is October 18, 2009. After the submissions are judged by a panel of hand picked Obama officials, college students, and even a few celebrities, the winning video will be aired nationally. That’s right, you could be on television urging our nations leaders to create better health care coverage for the American people!
For rules and regulations or if you have any questions or would like to see sample videos, check out Organizing for America.