First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone here at Daily Kos and the Orange to Blue program. Your support means a lot and made a significant difference in getting me the needed resources and exposure to win my primary last month. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to assure we elect a new breed of leaders in Congress who are not afraid to fight for what they believe in.
I also am proud to say that I am now also a member of the DCCC’s Red to Blue program - continuing to show national recognition of how winnable this seat is and the strong local campaign we are building.
Lastly, I am excited to announce that I will be attending the Netroots Nation annual conference next month. I hope to finally meet a lot of you in person and learn from many of the intriguing panel sessions that are being put on there.
DavidNYC – I read your diary yesterday about turning seats from "Orange to Blue" and the interest of the netroots community to become engaged in a few of the primary elections taking place this cycle. I also noticed there were some responses from the community in my favor but I wanted to take a moment to directly reply to you with my personal answers to your questionnaire.
If you would like to discuss my answers more thoroughly, please call my office at 610-458-8605. I’d be more than happy to have that conversation.
Before I begin the latest entry in my healthcare diary, I want to thank AdamB for his support and his recent write-up about me. It means a lot to me have strong, progressive leaders like Adam on my side.
Now onto healthcare. We all are very happy that Congress finally showed some courage and passed a bill that makes improvements on the current healthcare system. I believe this passage has the potential to be viewed as a historic moment in healthcare policy, but only if this bill represents the beginning of healthcare reform efforts, not the end. I supported the bill that the President signed on Tuesday, but I believe it is far from perfect, and I think we need to do a lot more to truly have high quality, affordable healthcare for all.
Hello, this is Manan Trivedi. Sorry we are a little late with today's edition but I needed some more research time to make this a thorough diary.
Running a campaign involves a lot of asking – contributions, volunteer work, etc. As a way of giving back for all this asking I thought it would be nice to occasionally post some tips and advice on one of my favorite topics – preventive medicine and wellness. Despite major misgivings that I have regarding the health reform legislation, I must say that it does a decent job at shifting the healthcare system a little more towards prevention and healthier lifestyles. This, in my opinion, is key if we are to have real, comprehensive healthcare reform.
The Senate’s apparent willingness to jettison the Medicare buy-in provision from the health reform bill because of Senator Lieberman’s hesitations is deeply troubling. Politically, it shows a lack of will and a desire to have the appearance of accomplishment whether real or not. At the policy-level, the Senate version of the health bill is boiling down to nothing more than a handout of 45 million new customers to private insurance companies with no real action on curbing costs or improving the quality of the healthcare we receive in America.
Hi, my name is Manan Trivedi and I’m running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. I’m an Iraq war veteran and a primary care physician. Besides my clinical work as a doctor, I’ve also spent a lot of time in the health policy world as a health services researcher. I felt as a candidate it was important to give something back to all the people who have been helping me so much and talk about one of the issues that I feel is so critical in this healthcare debate—preventive medicine and wellness. So I decided to start these healthcare diaries.