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I just received this email from the Connecticut Working Families:

Dear William,

Tell Joe: No Filibuster

Healthcare reform is too important to let Senator Lieberman stand in the way. Tell Joe: Don't filibuster.

Tell Senator Lieberman: No filibuster


Yesterday, we were closer than ever to having real healthcare reform when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the Senate version of the healthcare overhaul would include a public option - an affordable public healthcare plan that would be there for us, even when insurance companies let us down.

Then Senator Joe Lieberman threw a wrench in the works. He announced he'd join a Republican filibuster to halt healthcare reform.1

This is a national news story. But the only voters that Lieberman is really accountable to are in Connecticut. So let's make ourselves heard.
Tell Joe: Don't filibuster. Not this time.

Please help spread the word. Forward this email to a friend or share on Facebook.

If there's one thing that millions of American families are counting on from the new administration, it's healthcare reform. Especially as healthcare costs and insurance industry profits continue to grow.

We're not asking a lot. We're not even demanding he vote for a public option - just that he not single handedly stand in the way of allowing healthcare reform to get a fair up or down vote.

And it wasn't that long ago that Senator Lieberman was talking like a champion of healthcare reform.

Back in July 2006 he said: "What I'm saying to the people of Connecticut, I can do more for you and your families to get something done to make health care affordable, to get universal health insurance."2

And in October 2006, he started describing a plan that sounded a lot like the public option. "MediChoice to allow anybody in our country to buy into a national insurance pool like the health insurance pool that we federal employees and Members of Congress have."3

Healthcare reform was a good idea when Leiberman supported in back in 2006. It's an even better idea now. Today, there's a public option on the table. We're this close. Let's shout so loud we can't be ignored and tell Senator Lieberman not to filibuster.

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-Jon Green
Executive Director
CT Working Families

[1] From Politico. "Joe Lieberman: I'll block vote on Harry Reid's plan"

[2] and [3] Both quotes come from Lieberman-Lamont debates in 2006. Both can be seen in a DailyKos video here

See that money quote, "MediChoice to allow anybody in our country to buy into a national insurance pool like the health insurance pool that we federal employees and Members of Congress have."

If you live in Connecticut, have lived in Connecticut, will live in Connecticut, or know someone who lives in Connecticut, you need to get on the phone right now. We need to send the message to Senator Lieberman that he works for us and not for insurance companies!

Originally posted to Rusty5329 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:36 AM PDT.

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  •  tips... (7+ / 0-)

    flames, comments, criticisms, recipes for pie... all are welcomed!

    Socially, Politically, and Culturally Conscious Videos: Sum of Change

    by Rusty5329 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:35:43 AM PDT

  •  btw- phones still busy at Lieberman's office (6+ / 0-) this isn't quieting down for him any time soon.

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:41:47 AM PDT

  •  I see an ad that looks like... (4+ / 0-)

    Dark Music...
    Narrator:  He campaigned on it. He supported it

    Video clip of Lieberman in 2006:

    Now, he is saying differently

    Video of Lieberman saying he will filibuster

    Narrator:  Did he lie to get elected?

    Replay money quote in  2006video

    Narrator:  Is he out for more power? Or just himself?

    Replay video

    The people who voted for him  support the Public Option

    He has taken millions from the Health Insurance industry

    Narrator: What are you, Joe?  The Senator from Connecticut or the Senator from the Insurance Companies? Call Senator Lieberman and tell him to vote the way the people who elected him want him to vote

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:47:31 AM PDT

    •  I see a series... (3+ / 0-)

      of "did he lie to get elected" ads.

      Let's see, there was the pledge to help put a Democrat in the White House in '08, the pledge to officially register under the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, the public option...

      Socially, Politically, and Culturally Conscious Videos: Sum of Change

      by Rusty5329 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:50:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The problem is that this ad won't have any effect (1+ / 0-)
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      ... until 2012.

      I don't really think even Lieberman will dare join in the filibuster.

      See Hello Dolly Llamafor an interesting perspective on this week's events, and what is likely to follow them:

      Reid will remind the caucus that Lieberman, Lincoln, Carper and Landrieu supported cloture when Bush rammed Samuel Alito own our throats, and they should extend the same courtesy to a president from their own party.

      He will remind them that a vote to block cloture is a vote to destroy both Reid and Obama, by rejecting a program that voters want; it’s a vote to create Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell, because in 2010 America will punish us for failing to pass a good bill, OR for succeeding with a bad bill that people hate.

      He will remind them that if this bill is blocked, the Republicans will know they can block anything, at any time, just as they are blocking our nominees for the courts and for Surgeon General (right in the middle of a health crisis).

      He will remind them that if they go with him on just one vote – cloture – they can go against him on the opt-in amendment, the trigger amendment, the strip-out-the-opt-out amendment, and the bill itself, four separate chances to prove their loyalty to their paymasters in the insurance industry (it isn’t loyalty to their constituents because the voters want the public option).

      He will remind them that the liberals, for once, didn’t cave to the conservatives, and they will stand firm to the end because they’re tired of getting screwed over.

      He will remind them that the options aren’t opt-out and trigger: they are opt-out now, or opt-out in conference, or opt-out in reconciliation.

      •  I think the real problem is that... (0+ / 0-)

        Lieberman cannot possibly have any realistic thoughts of running for office again. There is no chance he'd win a Dem primary, and the Connecticut for Lieberman Party is now controlled by extremely progressive liberals who would never ever endorse him. If he runs again, it will be against the Connecticut for Lieberman Party who will likely cross-endorse the Democrat.

        A Senator with no ambition of reelection is incredibly difficult to persuade without lots and lots of money. It does not mean we shouldn't try, but it will certainly be a difficult battle.

        Socially, Politically, and Culturally Conscious Videos: Sum of Change

        by Rusty5329 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 10:02:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Connecticut deserves better and so does the (1+ / 0-)
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    U.S. deserve a better healthcare system.

    The world is the canvass, and you are the painter. Your art is your life.

    by Liberalindependent28 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 09:52:04 AM PDT

  •  Insurance Exchange != public option (1+ / 0-)
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    You can have an exchange without a public option.  Maybe he was trying to make people think "public option" at the time (or maybe even thought of it himself), but I don't think you're going to win an argument that what he said equaled supporting a public option.

  •  Rec'd and Facebook'd (2+ / 0-)
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    Rusty5329, Joe Dinkin

    Connecticut Working Families Party once again shows its scrappy, get-it-done mettle.  

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