Want to know how you can help? Okay, I'll tell you. Some of these are things we've touched on before, and some are new. But all will help in the fight to bring health care to Utah's needy citizens.
1. EMAIL REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS
I'm not being partisan here. Emailing Democrats isn't just preaching to the choir, it's preaching to the preacher. But GOP legislators need to keep feeling the pressure on this. Don't be nasty and insulting, as tempting as that may be. That isn't helpful. But letting them know that the peope of Utah are tired of their delays and will make their voices known at the polls in November is very helpful.
A few email address:
House Speaker Becky Lockhart: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser: email@example.com
Senator Allen Christensen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jim Dunnigan: email@example.com
2. ATTEND GATHERINGS
Organizing For Action has two events planned in Utah in August.
Coffee and Healthcare
Thursday, August 7 4:30 PM
Hidden Peaks Gourmet Roasters (Taylorsville, UT)
Advocacy to Action: Expanding Health Care to Utahans (Action Planning Session)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Salt Lake Community College-Taylorsville Redwood Campus (Salt Lake City, UT)
4600 Redwood Road, Student Event Center (Room TBA)
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
3. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The Salt Lake Tribune, The Deseret News, The Prove Daily Herald, The Ogden Standard-Examiner, whatever. Keeping the issue in the public eye is extrememly important.
4. SHARE THINGS ON FACEBOOK
Whether it's the YouTube link to Entitled to Life, posts from this blog, or any of the excellent articles on the Utah Communities For Healthcare Coverage Facebook page, there is a lot of stuff you can share on social media that will keep people thinking. I know we all hate seeing political stuff showing up all the time, and I know it's tempting to avoid alienating friends who may be offended. I'm quite sure I'm losing some friends by publicly aligning myself with the liberal commies who want to destroy America by . . . Keeping Americans alive . . . But it can help influence people for good.
5. VOTE IN NOVEMBER
If you don't do this one you're as much a part of the problem as anyone is. Obviously you have multiple issues to consider when choosing candidates, but please pay some attwntion to where candidates for state legislature stand on this issue. Any and all of the Democratic candiadtes support it, but a few Republicans like Ray Ward in Bountiful are also strong supporters.
Please try to do at least two of these this week. Even if you've done them before. And especially remember to do #5 in November. Lives really do depend on it.