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  •  That's where the REAL story is, isn't it? (8+ / 0-)

    I also added the roll call of votes at the bottom. Both of my CO Senators voted "yea".

    "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

    by KelleyRN2 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 05:22:02 PM PST

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    •  Loved how they thought they could shoot it down (5+ / 0-)

      with the same old (lame) BS, and she very nicely rebutted with rational arguments.

      For those who can't watch the video, here is the jist:

      Paraphrasing, after Senator Gillibrand's excellent, fact-filled introduction of the amendment.

      SLOWBURN - "Listen honey, I'll work with you across the aisle. And if you come over here with me, RIGHT NOW, into a back room for an hour, we'll find something we can cut to pay for your little amendment."  

      "I applaud my colleague's big, soft-hearted concern for our military families. But we've spent too much on our military families already."  

      GILLIBRAND - "Thank you for your support, Senator. I'd be happy to work with you to reform TRICARE and I think it deserves more than an hour of our time."

      MCPAIN - "It's so important. I really feel for these children.  But if we pay for it now, we'll be stuck paying for it forever.  And that's pretty sneaky of the Senator from New York.  We can't be stuck with this forever!!!"

      MCPAIN - waving arms, pacing and scowling, slightly raising his voice - "My colleague SLOWBURN has a right to a 2nd Amendment to replace her little amendment. It's his right to take her in the back room and straighten her out (and then take credit for it)."

      GILLIBRAND - "Thank you for your support, Senator. This little $45 million request is only a commitment for 1 year. Out of a budget of $174 billion. But it is only an estimate, so that we can begin to set up treatment and assess what meeting MINIMUM standards of care will actually cost going forward. [You know, so we can BUDGET for it]. The commitment is only for ONE YEAR."

    •  If you care to write a follow-up or update to (3+ / 0-)
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      KelleyRN2, FrugalGranny, 2thanks

      this diary, it would be interesting to know what the waiting list for services through medicaid is in each of the states where a Senator voted Nay.

      Unmet demand = jobs!

      •  Medicaid is a different problem entirely. (6+ / 0-)

        I would have to determine, first, what kind of coverage is provided by the individual states.

        Your point is a good one, however. I suspect the states where elected senators voted Nay have also eviscerated Medicaid coverage for autism and other developmental disabilities.  :(

        "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

        by KelleyRN2 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:14:22 PM PST

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        •  Senator Gillibrand's staff might already (7+ / 0-)

          know, at least for some of the states.

          She's a Kossack and would probably be happy to help you.

          In her testimony she stated:

          ABA Waitlist for Medicaid Waiver in MD, 7 years
          ABA Waitlist for Medicaid Waiver in VA, 10 years
          Her first example was a state where the wait list was 9 years, but I don't think she said which state.

          By the time these kids have been on a medicaid wait list for 7 - 10 years they'll be far beyond their most fertile formative years.

          "Pro-military" Nay-men

          These "Pro-military" Nay-men voted to deny these kids funding for a MINIMUM standard of care for clinically proven effective treatment; treatment that will help these children grow up into tax-payers when they can get jobs as adults.

          All these Senators who voted Nay supposedly care so much for the unborn, but are telling these veterans and their kids to fuck off.  

          Alabama:     
             Sessions (R-AL), Nay   
             Shelby (R-AL), Nay
          Arizona:   
             Kyl (R-AZ), Nay     
             McCain (R-AZ), Nay
          Arkansas:   
             Boozman (R-AR), Nay   
          Idaho:   
             Crapo (R-ID), Nay   
             Risch (R-ID), Nay
          Kentucky:       
             Paul (R-KY), Nay
          Louisiana:       
             Vitter (R-LA), Nay
          Mississippi:   
             Cochran (R-MS), Nay   
             Wicker (R-MS), Nay
          Missouri:   
             Blunt (R-MO), Nay   
          Nebraska:   
             Johanns (R-NE), Nay   
             Nelson (D-NE), Nay
          North Carolina:   
             Burr (R-NC), Nay   
          North Dakota:       
             Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
          Ohio:       
             Portman (R-OH), Nay
          Oklahoma:   
             Coburn (R-OK), Nay   
             Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
          Pennsylvania:       
             Toomey (R-PA), Nay
          South Carolina:       
             Graham (R-SC), Nay
          South Dakota:       
             Thune (R-SD), Nay
          Tennessee:   
             Alexander (R-TN), Nay   
             Corker (R-TN), Nay
          Texas:   
             Cornyn (R-TX), Nay   
          Utah:       
             Lee (R-UT), Nay
          Wisconsin:   
             Johnson (R-WI), Nay   
          Wyoming:   
             Barrasso (R-WY), Nay   
             Enzi (R-WY), Nay

          •  I remember when Alan Grayson stood on the (5+ / 0-)

            House floor and read how many people would die in a year from each district from not having health insurance. He was making the point how many voters die each year.

            Bug your Senator. Better yet, list your state and have fellow Kossacks from your state bug the senator also.

            Cornyn voted against it, of course, and Hutchinson, who is retiring anyway, voted for it.

            "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

            by glorificus on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 08:18:10 PM PST

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            •  The vote already happened, and it passed. (3+ / 0-)

              I posted the list, so that Kossacks can express their displeasure to these jerks and educate voters in their district, especially veterans and friends and family of anyone who has served or is serving now.

              These are "pro-military" republican Senators.  Any of them who are up for re-election in 2014 should be asked to explain their Nay vote today.

          •  Pat Toomey, of course (5+ / 0-)

            He won the Senate in the same 2010 election year that every ass I loathed won. I could not believe those results.

            I was afraid I had put the curse on the sensible folks and was afraid my "gift" of my backing would affect PBO's chances this year.

            I hate it every time I sign a petition that goes to the senators of my state because writing to him is a total waste.

        •  I'm not meaning to pressure you - but saw the RN (2+ / 0-)
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          in your login.

          The more I read about this, the madder I'm getting.

          •  Run with it! (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm up to my ass in alligators this week, and it's obviously grabbed your interest. Do it!

            "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

            by KelleyRN2 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:35:50 PM PST

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