Unsubscribing the Democrats
I don’t know about you, every day I get maybe eight or ten emails from different Democratic organizations and even from the “President” himself. (Although, barackobama.com isn’t actually affiliated with the president) Most of the time they tell me how great a job they are doing and how they need more money to “stop” the Republicans from doing the things Republicans naturally do.
Tonight I got one of those emails written in the first person by Obama. This is some of what he told me:
Early this morning, the Senate made history and health reform cleared its most important hurdle yet — garnering the 60 votes needed to move toward a final vote in that chamber later this week.
This marks the first time in our nation’s history that comprehensive health reform has come to this point. And it appears that the American people will soon realize the genuine reform that offers security to those who have health insurance and affordable options to those who do not.
I’m grateful to Senator Harry Reid and every senator who’s been working around the clock to make this happen. And I’m grateful to you, and every member of the Organizing for America community, for all the work you have done to make this progress possible.
After a nearly century-long struggle, we are now on the cusp of making health insurance reform a reality in the United States of America.
As with any legislation, compromise is part of the process. But I’m pleased that recently added provisions have made this landmark bill even stronger. Between the time when the bill passes and the time when the insurance exchanges get up and running, insurance companies that try to jack up their rates do so at their own peril. Those who hike their prices may be barred from selling plans on the exchanges.
And while insurance companies will be prevented from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions once the exchanges are open, in the meantime there will be a high-risk pool where people with pre-existing conditions can purchase affordable coverage.
A recent amendment has made these protections even stronger. Insurance companies will now be prohibited from denying coverage to children immediately after this bill passes. There’s also explicit language in this bill that will protect a patient’s choice of doctor. And small businesses will get additional assistance as well.
These protections are in addition to the ones we’ve been talking about for some time. No longer will insurance companies be able to drop your coverage if you become sick and no longer will you have to pay unlimited amounts out of your own pocket for treatments that you need.
Under this bill families will save on their premiums; businesses that would see their costs rise if we don’t act will save money now and in the future. This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of the program. Because it’s paid for and gets rid of waste and inefficiency in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.
Finally, this reform will extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans who don’t have it.
These are not small changes. These are big changes. They’re fundamental reforms. They will save money. They will save lives.
And your passion, your work, your organizing helped make all of this possible. Now it’s time to finish the job.
President Barack Obama
Well, not being in all that great of a mood to begin with, and having a discussion with a friend of mine about all of the “accomplishments” so far, I decided it was time for me to disconnect from the emails that simultaneously blow sunshine up my ass and then ask for donations to support the fight against the eeevil opposition.
I started to unsubscribe from these emails.
When I went to unsubscribe from “Barack Obama’s” latest email, I thought I would first reply to it. After all, “he” did take the time to email me. So I typed up this little quickie and sent it off to him:
From:DJ Allyn <xxxxx@xxxxx>
Date:Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:13:55 -0800
Subject:Re: Where we stand
From where I stand, I am extremely disappointed. This isn’t “reform”. Neither was your economic reform bill. I see no “change to believe in”, I just see business as usual.
I still see the same players on Wall Street doing the same things they have been doing. I still see the same insurance industry except now you have literally authorized them to commit mandated robbery on us. I see us still in the same wars we were when Bush was in office — except now you are expanding one of them. I see you surrounded by the same financial experts that got us into this economic mess to begin with.
I don’t see any leadership. I don’t see any direction. You make some beautiful speeches but that is about it. I don’t see you twisting any arms to get things done.
I am afraid that your presidency is only going to last for one term and that will be a shame. At the rate things are going, Democrats are going to lose the House in 2010 and the Senate AND the presidency in 2012 because you tried be “bipartisan”. I hate to break this to you, but YOU were the only one wanting to act bipartisan.
So I am unsubscribing from your email list, just as I am unsubscribing from both my Senator’s email lists, and the DLC and DCCC list.
I am just sick and tired of getting these emails telling me how great things you are doing and I don’t like being pestered for more money from you because you think you deserve some sort of “reward” for what you’ve done so far.
I suspect that I am not the only one who feels this way. Maybe if you take a look at how many people are unsubscribing lately you might re-think things.
Of course they don’t receive reply emails. Apparently they don’t really care what we have to say, and just don’t want to hear it. It took about ten seconds for it to bounce back to me
So when I went to actually unsubscribe, it asked me why I was unsubscribing. I pasted my response in that field.