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Don't blame "The Democrats" for the fact that the Public Health Care Option is being held up in Congress. It's not "The Democrats" or President Obama that have threatened this vital legislation.

The Public Health Care option will pass easily if a group of roughly 12 Democrats agrees to support it. We need to focus our efforts on these 12 individual senators. They need to understand the overwhelming public support for this plan and how many lives literally depend on it passing.

Remember, the Public Health Care Option is NOT being held up by the "Democratic Party" or President Obama. It is a group of individual senators within the Democratic Party that have put this plan in jeopardy.

Don't blame "The Democrats". Understand WHO these specific individual senators are---and speak directly to them. They are the following:

Max Baucus
Dianne Feinstein
Mark Warner
Ben Nelson
Blanche Lincoln
Evan Bayh
Harry Reid
Mark Pryor
Kent Conrad
Michael Bennet
Tom Carper
Joe Lieberman
(and a few others)

If the above senators get on board, we'll have a public option. If they don't, the public option is in trouble. And if it fails to pass, we'll be right where we are today---completely at the mercy of the insurance and drug companies. Which means your illness or injury could not only go untreated---you could also go bankrupt in the process.

The passage of a Public Health Care option---a REAL one, with some teeth in it---is entirely in the hands of the above dozen senators. We need to contact all of them and let them know that the future health and financial stability of our families is in their hands.

What are we waiting for? Call the Capitol Hill switchboard, TOLL FREE, at 1-877-851-6437 and remind these senators that 70% of the public supports a public health care option!

Originally posted to snesich on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:15 PM PDT.

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Why are certain Democrats holding up the Public Health Care Option?

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    •  I voted (1+ / 0-)
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      CoolOnion

      They don't really care as long as their own (public) Health Care Plan is protected

      Basically.

      They are all so out of touch with the average American they just don't get it.

      Any Dem who fights a real ROBUST public option should be put on notice. You job is not safe anymore.

      Primary time

      The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?' - 1984

      by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:18:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  With all this noise about Sanford we need to keep (5+ / 0-)

    focused and rec this up.

    What a selfish bastard he is for creating such a distraction and all.

    It's about WAR PROFITTERING, stupid.

    by flyonawall on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:18:05 PM PDT

    •  It's Michael Jackson's fault! (0+ / 0-)

      Think Sanford's taking up airspace? MJ will be all the establishment media focuses on the next 2 weeks...

      Of course we here in the netroots can ignore that story, and Sanford will soon just be a passing hiking joke in a week or two.

      Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

      by doinaheckuvanutjob on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 04:48:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Joe Lieberman is not a Democrat...n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Obama - Change I still believe in

    by dvogel001 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:21:51 PM PDT

  •  I keep hearing that Obama is wavering (0+ / 0-)

    on the public option. This just doesn't give me much confidence that he can't even twist the arms of these weak Democrats. He's got a bully pulpit like like Bush always pretended he had. Bill Maher is right, it's time to act like Bush!!!

    •  Did you see last night's program? (2+ / 0-)
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      NeuvoLiberal, msmacgyver

      Obama defended the public option for 20 straight minutes in answers to 3 questions about it, while also replying to a letter written by Republican senators and read by Charles Gibson why the public option is bad with a blatant, "They're wrong."

      He didn't look like he was wavering to me.

      "The only thing I would trust Dick Cheney on is if I had a dead hooker in my hotel room." --Jon Stewart

      by DemBrock on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:50:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I 'hear' lots of things, but my meds prevent me (0+ / 0-)

      from acting on them.

      Just kidding.

      But the thing is, yeah, the Pres seemed noncommital until last night, where he seemed rather forceful. I can understand your uncertainty and doubt about his commitment, but my feeling now is he isn't the problem, the Senate centrist conservacorporate Dems are.

      Children in the U.S... detained [against] intl. & domestic standards." --Amnesty Internati

      by doinaheckuvanutjob on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 04:50:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I called Michael Bennet's office (1+ / 0-)
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    COkdub

    they told me he supports a public option, but that was a week and a half ago.  What gives?

    "As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression..." William O. Douglas

    by Patricia Bruner on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:29:01 PM PDT

  •  Kay Hagan (4+ / 0-)
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    Aspe4, jimreyn, loftT, southriver

    deserves to be on that list in a big way, since she's the one sabotaging public option in the HELP committee.

    •  I just sent this message to her: (3+ / 0-)
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      Aspe4, jimreyn, CJnyc

      Senator Hagen:

      Your constituents, by a large majority (according to recent polls) favor major reform of our health care system, particularly reforms that increase the affordability and availability of health care.  A public option, similar to Medicare, is critical to this, since it is not in the economic interests of for-profit insurers to take care of the poor and/or the truly sick among us.

      I have heard disturbing reports that you are actively resisting, if not blocking, consideration of a public option in the Senate.  I also understand that you have significant personal investments in health care companies.  In the absence of information from you and your staff, and given the disconnect between your current actions and your campaign rhetoric, your constituents can't help but wonder what's going on.

      I'd rather judge your performance by your own words and actions rather than on rumors.  Please let us know - where DO you stand on making health care affordable and available?  What do you think needs to be done so that fewer of your constituents suffer and die from treatable diseases due to lack of affordable health insurance?  Let your constituents know that we did not make a mistake in electing you.

      Thank you.

      (I sent her a basic "I strongly support a public option and I hope you do to" e-mail to her about a week ago.  I'm increasingly unhappy with what I'm hearing about her, which is reflected above.)

  •  Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Is Against A Public (1+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn

    option.

    •  Damn, Visiting Constituents Phoned Her to Urge It (0+ / 0-)

      Staff didn't say she was against it, but they weren't happy to be handling a call from the midwest.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 03:06:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What's Up with Maria Cantwell (D-WA)? (0+ / 0-)

      "I don't think that's something we can get through the United States Senate," Cantwell told KUOW on June 22.

      It's an odd bit of circular logic: Because Cantwell can't yet count enough votes to pass the public option, she won't add her vote in favor of the public option—which, of course, makes it even harder to find enough votes to pass the public option.

      http://www.thestranger.com/...

  •  Let me get to a question at (3+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, CJnyc, msmacgyver

    an Obama town hall and I will say "You want some money towards health care? How about you rescind ALL the health care for you congresspeople that should give us a good amount of money towards Health Care."

    Between my shoulders is a genius. Between my legs is a penis. It seems I have to get both my minds right...

    by theone718 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 02:52:10 PM PDT

    •  So many of these long timers haven't a clue about (0+ / 0-)

      what anything costs, how to make do if you can't afford it and what happens when you can't do either.

      I'd like to see a breakdown of ALL the benefits which congresscritters receive to include retirement and health care/insurance.

      I expect that if all the perks were added up, Americans would be more motivated to vote out the losers and vote in people who deserve such largess from taxpayers.

      An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mohandas Gandhi

      by msmacgyver on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 03:04:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How about a diary with email contact links? (0+ / 0-)

    I'll start with one including the names you've provided above. The links will be to the senate.gov addresses and will give everyone direct links...

    ...I'll also provide an easy short message format in the diary...

    Contacting Senators - Email Links

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 03:04:28 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, Vayle (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, emailing and phoning these senators is the key. Essentially they have to fear us more than the health care lobbyists.

      •  NP. We can recycle the list as needed... (0+ / 0-)

        ..so that as many people as possible can easily click and contact those who are on the fence/against strong health care reform.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 03:45:35 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  What's wrong with these fools!? (0+ / 0-)

    You have to at least respect republicans' ability to rule their members with an iron fist even if their policies are wrong. Our policies are right but we can't get our stupid members to do the right thing.

    "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." --Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield, 1795.

    by Aspe4 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 04:11:23 PM PDT

  •  Are you sure Dianne Feinstein is against? (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, I saw her comments about how she thinks that the the public option may be on life support, but does that necessarily mean she is AGAINST IT?

    It is one thing to say "I am against a public option" it is another thing to size up the field and determine that the public option might have a problem passing.

    E.g. if would be like Harry Reid coming out before the stimulus vote (a few months ago) and saying "the stimulus is on life support" because he realizes he can't get the necessary 60 votes to pass it...this of course while he fully supports it. (just a hypothetical as it passed fine).

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