Friday, July 31, 2009

Call Your Elected Reps ( linked to this title) and Demand Public Option Explain WHY.....


( originally postd 7.30.09 am)
Attached to the Title is the List of Phone numbers of the Progressive Democratic Caucus, DO CALL THE WHOLE LIST, REMIND THEM OF THEIR PLEDGE AND REMIND THEM THAT LIVES ARE AT STAKE, 14,000 A DAY ARE LOSING HEALTHCARE. AND REMIND THEM TO FIGHT FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION.DO ASK THAT THE KUNCINICH AMENDMENT BE KEPT AS PART OF THE BILL.WE DON'T NEED INSURANCE REFORM, WE NEED HEALTHCARE FOR ALL. AND ALSO REMIND THEM THAT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CO-OPS AND HAVING A PUBLIC OPTION.

( Jay Rockefeller was on with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today, and he is charge of the Health Committee, and it is clear that even he was confused about the co-op vs. public option).
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Brave New Films sent out an email this am, 450,000 Doctors support the Public Option,
Stand with the 450,000 doctors and call Congress to reform health care now: (202) 224-3121.

*** If the phone person tries to block your call because you are not a "constituent", NICELY explain that you are a VOTER and that the Democratic Caucus is supposed to represent ALL Voters, and that ALL Voters Healthcare is at stake, so the Caucus must hear from ALL Dem Voters.....*****

Do also ask that the Kucinich Amendment be kept on....and do also ask them where they stand on the Wyden Plan ? and also ask why HR 3200 was pulled off last night ? Scroll down, I posted many helpful talking points yesterday....

Early Thursday Morning Huffington Post article explains where the "Compromising " stands on HR3200, Read this article, it has great insight into the talking points about WHAT is at risk.Please do call the Blue Dog offices too and let them know that THE people in the Country will not support the Compromises that effect Care. Remind them that YOU pay and Porvide their Superior Care. Remember to Remind them that they PLEDGED to get this right...and remind them that it needs a robust Public Option.
Snippet from Huffpo::::
As word of the agreement spread, liberals fired back. "We do not support this," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey, (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. "I think they have no idea how many people are against this. They can't possibly be taking us seriously if they're going to bring this forward." At a press conference, she said, "[W]e might have to come back and start over."Plans to convene the Energy and Commerce Committee for a vote slipped until Thursday as leaders sought to allay concerns of liberals.

"Waxman made a deal that is unacceptable," Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told Politico, after meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday.

"We signed a pledge to reject any plan that doesn't include a robust public option, and this plan doesn't have a robust public option," he added.

"We just need to get everybody on board," said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who chairs the panel's subcommittee on health.
In the Senate, the pace of negotiations appears to have accelerated in recent days, with lawmakers all but settling on a tax on high-cost insurance plans to help pay for the bill, as well as a new mechanism designed to curtail the growth of Medicare over the next 10 years and beyond.More problematic from the point of view of most Democrats is a tentative agreement to omit a provision in which the government would sell insurance in competition with private industry. In its place, the group is expected to recommend nonprofit cooperatives that could operate at the state, regional or even national level.Nor is any bipartisan recommendation likely to include a requirement for large businesses to offer insurance to their workers. Instead, they would have a choice between offering coverage or paying a portion of any government subsidy that noninsured employees would receive.Like the House bill, the bipartisan proposal under discussion would expand eligibility for Medicaid to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.It provides for federal subsidies for individuals and families up to 300 percent of poverty, less than the 400 percent in the House measure."

AARP has Wapo update of late 29th eve, and it ain't so pretty, and is very worrisome....

and maybe we should call the Whitehouse.....remember this from a year ago, Obama campaigning...

5 comments:

Fran said...

Congress will go to recess after tomorrow, right?
Id like to launch a *While you Were out* campaign....
flood these son of a bitches mil, fax & e mail boxes with demands for the public option.

We also have to really launch a campaign to give Obama the wake up call of the dirty money vote-for pay thing that is going on.
There is nothing remotely ethical about the obscene amounts of money insurance & big pharma are throwing at politicians on important committees.

Talk about conflict of interest!

There has to be a no money now or no promises of money later cut & dried rule to stop this or get rid of those who continue to be on the take.

There is no way they can be impartial with all that bribe money coming their way.

It should be illegal.

It certainly is immoral & totally unethical.
In any other business application this would be punishable.

enigma4ever said...

I seriously think we all need to strategize and think of WHAT we want to do- and organize- whether it be going to our reps offices in person, camping on the WH lawn the first day of their return with Red Cross tents- Camp In for Healthcare - not leaving until we get Public Option ...etc etc..

and yes, you are right to be frustated and angry.....

I called their offices today- ALL of the Caucus- it was very very interesting- will blog tomorrow...

Hang in there Fran- I am far from giving up...

I have throttled up to kick ass mode..

Fran said...

Can you please tell more about the Kucinich plan?

I am not up to speed on it.

Yes a mobilized movement needs to happen--- but while they are in recess we need to put the pressure on Obama to stop the money flow/bribery that is happening.

Obviously the poor folks struggling w healthcare & $ in general cat compete.... but even private sector workplaces have clear caps on what amounts of gifts are acceptable.

That is just sickening the money that is flowing to powerful committee deciders.

WTF???

Elizabeth said...

Kick-ass mode is good, E. I'm all for it.

The stupid (oh, how stupid!) idea of health co-ops is a smoke screen designed to make people think they are getting a "public option" or some form of it, but it's just BS.

Jay Rockefeller talked 'bout it on NPR yesterday saying how freaked out HE(!) is by the co-op idea. It makes no sense other than snowing the people, again. There is no research into their effectiveness, nobody knows how they work, and if the Repugs are thinking that we are naive to believe that some tiny co-op can compete with the big insurance industry, they must be out of their minds (but that we know already, don't we).

Kick ass is good. Let's kick it.
Speaking of which, see this:
http://www.votingbloc.org/Health_Bloc.php

enigma4ever said...

Elizabeth-
hey there..yes,..Lets Kick Some ass..this is absurd....we are ALL being Katriaed at this point...tossed to the curb....

Jay needs to talk to Sebelius- she was out humping the damn coop idea this week- I will write to both....

we must YELL for the Public Option...yell scream and kick ass...whatever it takes ...lives are at stake...