November 6, 2012
Most years, the Watson Wire on Election Day is two words:
This year, I’ll add three more words:
I’ve written a ton, obviously, about why we should pass Prop 1. Here’s a letter I sent outlining Prop 1’s benefits. And here are few more quick videos walking through how it will work and why it should pass:
And what a group to work with. I’ve been involved in some big projects that included some big coalitions, but never anything as diverse and community-minded as the group that formed around Proposition 1 – business people and social service groups, Republicans and Democrats, medical groups and service organizations … the support seemed to come from almost everywhere.
That’s been more than just a gratifying experience. It shows how much consensus we have in this community on the need to take big steps to improve health care for all of our neighbors. And this coalition will be vital over the coming days and weeks as we continue to work on this issue.
Just by going through this process, we’ve laid the groundwork for new health care services that will transform the way the poor and uninsured are treated, helping folks to stay healthy and avoid expensive emergency room visits that taxpayers end up paying for.
We’ve also nailed down the need for a new public hospital to replace UMC-Brackenridge, and we’ve received a tentative commitment from the Seton Healthcare Family to provide at least $250 million for it – and to build it without taxpayer money.
And after so many years of talking about a medical school in Austin, we’ve identified what it will take to create one.
All of these things, just by themselves, are huge steps forward.
Today, we can take the biggest step of them all by passing Prop 1. But make no mistake, it’s just one more step. No matter what happens, there will be more work to do. I’m excited to be a part of it, and I hope you all will be part of it too. Your community needs you. But for now …
Go vote. And vote for Proposition 1.