Skip to main content

19 Senate Republicans (who are unanimous in their opposition to reforming America's dysfunctional Health Care System) enjoy access to a efficient, Government provided single payer system called Medicare. These Republican Senators like to characterize single payer health care as socialist, while they've enrolled in a single payer system themselves.

Dr. Dean on how Medicare compares to private insurance:

Howard Dean Stumps For The Public Option

Why does the country need a public alternative? "The fact is that only Medicare has controlled costs better than the private sector," Dean tells All Things Considered's Robert Siegel on Friday. "Now Medicare doesn't do a terribly great job of controlling costs, but they do a much better job than private health insurance does."

Massive infusions of money over multiple election cycles have been successful in getting these Senators to turn their backs on constituents, who are saddled with private health insurance that is rapidly becoming unaffordable for them and for their employers. G.O.P. has come to stand for Greedy Obstructionist Party.

Here is the list of Senators 65, and older who are unwilling to let Americans younger than 65 have the same access to quality health care that Medicare offers them.

Jim Bunning  77 (R-KY)
(202) 224-4343
http://bunning.senate.gov/

Richard Lugar 77 (R-IN)
(202) 224-4814
http://lugar.senate.gov/

Chuck Grassley 75 (R-IA)
(202) 224-3744
http://grassley.senate.gov/

Robert Bennett 75 (R-UT)
(202) 224-5444
http://bennett.senate.gov/

Orrin Hatch 75 (R-UT)
(202) 224-5251
http://hatch.senate.gov/

Richard Shelby 75 (R-AL)
(202) 224-5744
http://shelby.senate.gov/

Jim Inhofe 74 (R-OK)
(202) 224-4721
http://inhofe.senate.gov/

Pat Roberts 73 (R-KS)
(202) 224-4774
http://roberts.senate.gov/

George Voinovich 73 (R-OH)
(202) 224-3353
http://voinovich.senate.gov/

John McCain 72 (R-AZ)
(202) 224-2235
http://mccain.senate.gov/

Thad Cochran 71 (R-MS)
(202) 224-5054
http://cochran.senate.gov/

Kit Bond 70 (R-MO)
(202) 224-5721
http://bond.senate.gov/

Lamar Alexander 69 (R-TN)
(202) 224-4944
http://alexander.senate.gov/

Mitch McConnell 67 (R-KY)
(202) 224-2541
http://mcconnell.senate.gov/

Jon Kyl  67 (R-AZ)
(202) 224-4521
http://kyl.senate.gov/

Jim Risch 66 (R-ID)
(202) 224-2752
http://risch.senate.gov/

Kay Bailey Hutchison 66 (R-TX)
(202) 224-5922
http://hutchison.senate.gov/

Saxby Chambliss 65 (R-GA)
(202) 224-3521
http://chambliss.senate.gov/

Mike Enzi 65 (R-WY)
(202) 224-3424
http://enzi.senate.gov/

Lets not forget the Blue Dogs, they're hypocrites too.

Dianne Feinstein 76 (D-CA)
Phone: (202) 224-3841
http://feinstein.senate.gov/

Ben Nelson 68 (D-NE)
(202) 224-6551
http://bennelson.senate.gov/

Max Baucus 67 (D-MT)
(202) 224-2651
http://baucus.senate.gov/

Joe Lieberman 67 (I-CT)
(202) 224-4041
http://lieberman.senate.gov/

Bill Nelson 66 (D-FL)
(202) 224-5274
http://billnelson.senate.gov/

Their message is loud and clear; WE WON'T HELP YOU GET WHAT WE'VE GOT!

Here's what Paul Kurgmen had to say on the contradictions in the Blue Dog's nonsensical position.

An Incoherent Truth

So what are the objections of the Blue Dogs?

Well, they talk a lot about fiscal responsibility, which basically boils down to worrying about the cost of those subsidies. And it’s tempting to stop right there, and cry foul. After all, where were those concerns about fiscal responsibility back in 2001, when most conservative Democrats voted enthusiastically for that year’s big Bush tax cut — a tax cut that added $1.35 trillion to the deficit?

But it’s actually much worse than that — because even as they complain about the plan’s cost, the Blue Dogs are making demands that would greatly increase that cost.

There has been a lot of publicity about Blue Dog opposition to the public option, and rightly so: a plan without a public option to hold down insurance premiums would cost taxpayers more than a plan with such an option.

But Blue Dogs have also been complaining about the employer mandate, which is even more at odds with their supposed concern about spending. The Congressional Budget Office has already weighed in on this issue: without an employer mandate, health care reform would be undermined as many companies dropped their existing insurance plans, forcing workers to seek federal aid — and causing the cost of subsidies to balloon. It makes no sense at all to complain about the cost of subsidies and at the same time oppose an employer mandate.

So what do the Blue Dogs want?

Krugman suggests the real answer.

if their position is incoherent, it’s because they’re nothing but corporate tools, defending special interests.

Also see: Bayh, Blue Dog Senators Becoming More Conservative; Lieberman more Liberal

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Sat Aug 22, 2009 at 09:07 AM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site