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Give em a call because your Future Health Care, or lack thereof, is in their hands.

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Chances are, these good Senators, while they hear us, have some other Constituents, always on their minds.

There are some very special interests who somehow, manage to persuade our Senators, to represent their interests, time and time again.

Can you detect the "means and methods" those special interests, use to make their demands known? ... There MUST be a pattern here, somewhere!

The Republicans - Finance Committee

Charles Grassley-R

Orrin Hatch-R

Olympia Snowe-R

Jon Kyl-R

Jim Bunning-R

Michael Crapo-R

Pat Roberts-R

John Ensign-R

Michael Enzi-R

John Cornyn-R


The Democrats - Finance Committee

Max Baucus-D

John Rockefeller-D

Kent Conrad-D

Jeff Bingaman-D

John Kerry-D

Blanche Lincoln-D

Ron Wyden-D

Charles Schumer-D

Debbie Ann Stabenow-D

Maria Cantwell-D

Bill Nelson-D

Robert Menéndez-D

Thomas Carper-D


And a few other Democrats, not on the Finance Committee, but pace-setters in their own right.

Dianne Feinstein-D

Harry Reid-D

Funny those special interests seem to be "equal opportunity" influencers-- R or D behind your Name, no matter.  Long as you got one of those all important Committee Seats ... the Language of Money, is quite liquid, don't you know.

The expressions of our Citizen Outrage on the other hand, are a "dime a dozen", to our confused and conflicted Leaders.

When will they stand up for What the People want?  EVER???

What excuse will those "good" Senators, use next, to avoid, Doing the Right Thing? (to avoid the Fighting for a serious Public Option -- instead of widdling it away.)

I'm sure they'll think of something -- a lot is riding on it.  (But hmmm, how to pull the wool over everyone's eyes again? THAT is going to be some trick now, with Al Franken about to be seated.)

Of course there is a wildcard -- you could always drop a dime, give them a call, and then give them a piece of your mind. Maybe remind why we voted them into office, and how we can vote them out too -- if it comes to that.

Future Votes, is another Language, those good Senators, tend to understand, too.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 04:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LordMike, Bhishma, TokenLiberal, Tam in CA

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 04:05:49 PM PDT

  •  Lieberman (0+ / 0-)

    Joseph Lieberman Independent (Elected 1989), Connecticut Senate, 202-224-4041

    Total Campaign Contributions Received: $31,576,489

    Interest   Contributions
    Securities & Investment   $2,984,625
    Lawyers/Law Firms   $2,968,871
    Real Estate   $2,543,477
    Pro-Israel   $1,438,440
    Misc Finance   $1,001,928
    Health Professionals   $810,500
    Business Services   $693,709
    Insurance   $639,994
    Misc Business   $550,071
    Misc Manufacturing & Distributing   $498,126

    Jan 2003-Dec 2008

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 05:42:57 PM PDT

    •  20 top $enators and their contribution$ (0+ / 0-)

      Top 20 Senate recipients of health industry campaign contributions, 2000-2008.
      Legislating Under the Influence: Table 2a
      Health Products
      Arlen Specter(D)No$7,298,512$1,208,716$2,591,066$1,435,790$2,062,940
      Blanche Lincoln (D)Yes$6,289,814$1,410,138$2,277,968$1,281,062$1,320,646
      Joe Lieberman (I)No$5,900,388$1,836,988$1,968,770$727,550$1,367,080
      Orrin G Hatch (R)Yes$5,589,860$1,002,556$1,142,492$816,410$2,628,402
      Sherrod Brown (D)Yes$5,045,340$241,225$3,882,188$503,927$418,000
      Saxby Chambliss (R)No$4,442,891$1,283,026$1,983,419$481,400$695,046
      Richard Burr (R)Yes$4,216,022$821,902$1,767,561$391,382$1,235,177
      Chris Dodd (D)Yes$3,339,508$2,067,708$515,900$212,250$543,650
      Ben Cardin (D)No$3,142,865$569,175$1,635,076$569,550$369,064
      Max Baucus (D)Yes$2,604,524$669,284$799,964$466,591$668,685
      Jim Bunning (R)Yes$2,589,660$932,462$1,031,958$291,740$333,500
      Mitch McConnell (R)Yes$2,442,465$614,277$958,853$427,350$441,985
      Jim DeMint (R)No$2,347,704$582,806$1,386,848$272,150$105,900
      Lindsey Graham (R)No$2,287,153$493,427$1,090,909$332,773$370,044
      Robert Menendez (D)Yes$2,252,169$529,950$758,369$240,300$723,550
      Mark Udall (D)No$2,177,912$378,482$1,044,755$209,375$545,300
      David Vitter (R)No$1,982,757$294,430$1,384,825$188,702$114,800
      Johnny Isakson (R)Yes$1,945,099$478,292$891,611$150,400$424,796
      Tom Harkin (D)Yes$1,827,848$162,690$924,494$241,075$499,589
      Roger Wicker (R)No$1,766,044$451,800$803,999$236,350$273,895

      People in this nation die due to lack of health care. The estimates vary from 18,000 to 100,000 a year, depending on how you measure preventable deaths

      by Andiamo on Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 05:22:10 PM PDT

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  •  Hot off the Press, Lieberman: Bought and Paid for (0+ / 0-)

    (but who didn't know that already)

    Joe Lieberman-I

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 06:31:38 PM PDT

  •  Kerry also was a presidential nominee (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Therefore, his numbers are not an apple/apple comparison.  Anyone who is a party's nomination will be getting a lot of cash from industry.  Although, to be clear, a company cannot directly donate to a candidate.  Only employees of that company can or a corporate PAC.  And some of those employees may just have been opposed to the Iraq War.  You need to find out which Senators received money from a corporate PAC, and how much.  That is more significant than the numbers you display.

    Kerry is the leading advocate for the public option on the Finance Committee.

  •  response I got from snail mail to Carper (DE) (0+ / 0-)

    I sent him a letter that outlined my current small-business owner HC Insurance woes, then included the following...

    "Senator Carper, it seems clear that you are caving to the interests of the Profit-from-the-Death-and-Bankruptcy-of-the-Citizens Insurance Industry. Are you kidding me? Are their $500K+ in campaign contributions since 2008 really worth more to you than the needs of your constituents? Do they really matter more than your personal honor and integrity?

    If you continue to block real healthcare reform – i.e. refusing to impose competition on these greedy bastards so as to drive the price down – I will have my answer to these questions."

    Here's the response I got (fence-sitting gibberish, IMHO)...

    July 1, 2009

    Dear [name],

    Thank you for contacting me about our health care system. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

    Health care reform is one of the top priorities for the 111th Congress. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which shares jurisdiction over health care reform with the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement reforms that improve access to quality, affordable healthcare. I strongly believe that the cost of healthcare should not place a burden on individuals, or businesses that want to provide their employees with health insurance.

    Last November, the chair of the Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), released a white paper titled "Call to Action: Health Reform 2009". While the document is not an inclusive list of reform proposals, it is an excellent blueprint for health care reform. I urge you to take a look at the white paper at the following address:

    As you may know, the Finance Committee has held an extraordinary series of hearings and roundtables, where I was able to enter into a dialogue with some of our nation's most qualified experts on health care. The first roundtable discussion was on delivery system reform, the second on expanding coverage, and the final roundtable focused on financing health care reform. These discussions were very helpful, as my colleagues and I heard about what is working with the current system, and what needs to be improved.

    I've also been doing a whole lot of listening back in the state- I held a series of health care listening sessions in Delaware during April, where I had the opportunity to hear stories and experiences about our current health care system from my own constituents. People from all interests highlighted areas that need change in the system, and I want to reinforce the point that we can't allow ourselves to not act on this issue - the status quo is not an option.

    More recently, another proposal on health care reform has been introduced. Former Senators Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, and Bob Dole collaborated on producing a bipartisan report of recommendations for reforming our health care system titled "Crossing Our Lines". I believe that there are some intriguing ideas in their proposal, and it is worth examining further. With that said, the proposal has not been analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office, which serves at the official cost scorekeeper for the Senate, so we cannot adopt its recommendations without examining it fully. However, it does have some good ideas on health care reform, and I urge you to consider its ideas as well:

    At this point, all proposals are being considered - we will continue to listen to all the groups and individuals who will be affected by health care reform and evaluate ways to improve the quality of care in our system while also reducing costs. As you know, we're starting on the process and are beginning the hard work of writing a bipartisan bill that, hopefully, we can report out of committee and send to the full Senate in July.

    It is my hope that the bill that we report out of committee will contain many prevention components, as they are integral to increasing the quality of care and limiting costs. As my colleagues and I move forward, I will be sure to keep your thoughts on our health care system in mind.

    Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or other matters of importance to you.

    With best personal regards, I am


    Tom Carper
    United States Senator

  •  Get ready for sticker shock on public option.. (0+ / 0-)

    People in this nation die due to lack of health care. The estimates vary from 18,000 to 100,000 a year, depending on how you measure preventable deaths

    by Andiamo on Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 04:46:14 PM PDT

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