It was bad enough that the Republican debate audience did the “let them die” chant at the previous gathering of dolts, last night they booed a gay soldier who asked a reasonable question: would these clowns back up the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell.:
Take a look if you missed it:
If , as is estimated by some analysts, the gay population is about ten percent of the voting block, these damned fools don’t seem to mind that they’ve cut off another vote source.<img title=”Send Us Mail” src=”https://underthelobsterscope.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/ppals1.jpg” alt=”” width=”72″ height=”72″ />
Grayson is about 80% of the way to getting 100 signers to co-sponsor his “Medicare You Can Buy Into Act,” a stronger public option that would be available to everyone. Now that the basic Health Care plan has gone through, it’s time to start working on a public option for all Americans.
Here’s a clip. but the whole article is worth reading:
Harry Reid seems sincere in saying he’ll bring up a separate vote on it later.
Here’s a clip from a HuffPo article:
Here’s a clip… there’s much more:
… and that’s why she’s keeping it out of the House bill. However, Progressive Chance Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and Credo Action have put together a television ad (that they are raising funds to get on right away) which says the votes ARE there by looking at statements made by the so far uncommitted Senate members.
Take a look:
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Senator Bill Nelson (D – FL) became number 41 this afternoon. If only 9 more sigh we have the fifty which will get it through the Senate (with the VP’s tiebreaker).
This is something Nancy Pelosi can hold up to the House, who has to vote on this first, then we’ll be that much closer.
I was listening to someone on the TV this morning, Morning Joe, I guess (I was reading my e-mail and didn’t look up) who was saying that Americans (a group which you know from previous posts that I think I belong to) are against using Reconciliation to get Health Care Reform.
Well, there is some polling going on over at whipcongress.com that looks at a range of seven states across the political spectrum which comes up with results that I think are much more significant.
If the Senate passes a health care reform bill that you consider to be beneficial to your family, would you object to the Senate’s use of “reconciliation” rules to pass that bill with a majority vote, or not?
I find North Dakota particularly interesting (although Senator Dorgan has now joined the Public Option letter) since it is used by the Republicans as an example of anti-Health Care legislation standing. And look at Iowa… Tom Harkin hasn’t come on Board with the Public Option letter yet… maybe he should.
37 senators have now declared they would support a public option in “reconciliation,” the process of majority rules. We’re just 13 away from the magic number 50!
Unfortunately, here in West Virginia, both Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, our Senators, have steadfastly refused to support the Public Option on the reconciliation bill.
If you are in WV (or even if you are not!) you can call their offices and urge them to come out in support of the Public Option. Here are the phone numbers:
Hi — my name is [NAME] and I live in [TOWN].
I’d like to speak with the Legislative Assistant in charge of health care, to ask them if the senator can issue a simple statement supporting the public option in reconciliation.
Will you issue a public statement saying that Sen. [NAME] will vote yes on a public option like the one the House passed if it comes up under reconciliation rules? For example, Sen. Durbin’s spokesperson said “if the House version of the public option came up for a vote in reconciliation Sen. Durbin would vote yes.”
If they agree to issue a statement: Thanks. Can you email your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org?
This script is good for YOUR Senator, too, if they haven’t signed on.
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) brings the new count of Senators favoring a Public Option to 35.
You can see the whole list at WhipCongress.com to see if your Senators are there. If they are not, the site will connect you with their phone number so you can call and tell them you want them on the list.
Good hunting, folks!
Here’s the clip:
We now include:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D, Ill.)
Patty Murray (D., WA),
Ben Cardin (D., MD)
Jeff Bingaman (D., NM),
and Amy Klobuchar (D., MN).
(I’m missing 2 in my calculations… I’ll check into this. I don’t think we can count Harry Reid yet, although if he sees the majority built up he will support it. Jay Rockefeller seems like a holdout… too bad, as he is my Senator.)
… to wanting the Public Option on the Reconciliation Bill:
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
That makes 23, not counting Harry Reid.
President Obama has given the Republicans and conservative Democrats ample opportunity to get on board with health care reform. It’s time to pass health care without them. (and after Thursday’s meeting looking for a Bipartisan deal falls through, that’s all we’ll be able to do).
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said if he has the votes, he will pass a bill with the public option. Reid has also said that reconciliation is how he’s going to pass health care, which would require only a simple majority — 51 votes. That means he doesn’t need a single Republican vote.
With 119 House Democrats and 20 Senators calling for passing a public option using reconciliation, we’re getting closer every day to passing real reform. The president has supported the public option in the past. And once this last ditch effort to curry Republican support for change fails, it’s time to pass the bill the president campaigned for.
I just signed a petition that told Congress to pass a good health care reform bill, not just a bipartisan one. I hope you’ll join me.
OK… this afternoon we add:
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Remember that the Senate is in recess right now… the number should get added to substantially (Menendez is the official #20 if we don’t count Harry Reid) on Monday when they are back in session.
… and they are looking for a Public Option! My fingers are crossed… I hope this goes all the way to completion.
Anyway, add to our list: Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (this brings us to 18).
This came out via Reuters this evening:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic negotiators said they had reached agreement on Tuesday on a compromise on a scaled-back public insurance plan in a broad healthcare overhaul and would seek cost estimates on the deal.
“We have a broad agreement,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters, refusing to give details on the proposals that will be sent to the Congressional Budget Office.
The government-run plan, along with the issue of abortion, was one of the two biggest hurdles remaining for the overhaul, which is President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.
A team of 10 Senate Democrats — five liberals and five moderates — had been working for days on a substitute to the government-run plan included in the Senate bill, which has dismayed some moderates.
Democratic Senate sources said the substitute proposal would create a non-profit plan operated by private insurers but administered by the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises health coverage for federal workers.
The sources said negotiators also sought cost estimates on an expansion of the Medicare health program for the elderly, which is now available at age 65, to Americans as young as 55 who could “buy-in” to the coverage.
“Insurance companies will certainly have more competition,” Reid said of the deal. “The American people will certainly have more choices.”
The other potential hurdle to the healthcare overhaul was abortion, and the Senate on Tuesday rejected an attempt to tighten restrictions on abortion coverage — a vote that could threaten a crucial Democrat’s support for passage of the final bill.
Democratic Senator Ben Nelson’s amendment to tighten the bill’s restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions, identical to a provision approved by the House of Representatives last month, was killed on a 54-45 vote.
Without the abortion language, Nelson had threatened he would not back the final healthcare bill when it came to a vote. If he followed through, Democrats would be one vote short of the 60 they need to pass the measure.
But after his amendment failed, Nelson softened his stance slightly. “It makes it harder to be supportive. We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters.
This also doesn’t bring up Lieberman. But since it is killing the words “Public Option, then maybe this is solved. We’ll have to see if this makes a final vote… I’m starting to get lots of petition e-mails and other things trying to get the public option back and it’s getting argued all over (boy, I’d love to get on Medicare NOW.)
For months, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been under intense pressure to drop the public health insurance option.
But Reid defied insurance lobbyists, political pundits, and conservatives of both parties and announced that he’s including a public option in the Senate floor bill.
I just added my name to a newspaper ad thanking Senator Reid, to show that thousands of Americans have got his back and are fired up to fight alongside him. Will you join me?
– Bill T.
As is my wont, I am adding Bernie’s weekly video to this site.