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Look, I'm a political animal (severely wounded now), and fully understand the need to provide political cover for some representatives in conservative districts.  The reason we do it is to prepare for the rainy day when we need Democrats to cast the really important votes.  Well guess what, IT WAS FUCKING RAINING YESTERDAY!!  I understand the need for some reps to cast a vote against the party in order to survive, but your SUPPOSED to be more concerned about OUR literal survival than YOUR job survival!

Liberalism has some basis in the belief that government is part of the solution to our societal and individual problems, and not part of the problem as some moron lied about 30 years ago.  If the ACA fails, or even if there's a false impression that the ACA has failed, health care for everyone could be set back decades or permanently lost.  Liberalism itself will go back to being a dirty word and we may end up seeing a repeat of 2010 in both 2014 and 2016.

These 39 Democratic cowards just gave out a big scream that the ACA is a failure, Obama is a failure, Liberalism is a failure, and Democrats are a failure.  Each and everyone of these people should be primaried.

Below the fold is the wall of shame.

District    Name         Obama 2012 Margin          Population without health insurance    Percentage without health insurance    Percentage below poverty line

UT-04    Matheson, Jim    -37    112,836    16.3    12.5
WV-03    Rahall, Nick J. II    -32.2    90,300    15    20.5
NC-07    McIntyre, Mike    -19.3    124,878    17    17.9
GA-12    Barrow, John    -11.8    129,113    19.2    22.3
MN-07    Peterson, Collin C.    -9.8    59,737    9.1    12.8
FL-18     Murphy, Patrick    -4.1    123,438    18.1    14.8
TX-23    Gallego, Pete    -2.6    163,167    23.2    20.3
AZ-02    Barber, Ron    -1.5    92,007    13.1    17.3
NY-01    Bishop, Timothy H.    0.5    64,906    9.1    7
MN-01    Walz, Tim    1.4    51,958    7.9    11.6
IL-12     Enyart, Bill    1.5    78,569    11.3    20.3
NH-01    Shea-Porter, Carol    1.6    71,777    11    8.9
CA-36    Ruiz, Raul    3.2    148,533    21.2    19.9
OR-05    Schrader, Kurt    3.4    113,788    14.9    15.5
CA-07    Bera, Ami    4    84,103    12    12.4
NY-18    Maloney, Sean Patrick    4.3    71,973    10.2    11.6
AZ-09    Sinema, Kyrsten    4.5    140,244    19.5    19.5
MN-08    Nolan, Rick    5.5    59,664    9.2    14
NY-21    Owens, Bill    6.1    61,553    9    15.5
CA-52    Peters, Scott    6.4    68,852    10.2    9.9
FL-26     Garcia, Joe    6.7    201,853    28.1    15.6
OR-04    DeFazio, Peter A.    6.7    119,425    15.6    21.4
CT-05    Esty, Elizabeth    8.2    66,677    9.5    12
NH-02    Kuster, Ann McLane    9.7    65,145    10    8.7
CA-26    Brownley, Julia    10.3    120,324    17.2    12.1
WA-01    DelBene, Suzan    10.8    72,431    10.6    8.1
WI-03    Kind, Ron    11    66,654    9.5    14.6
CA-03    Garamendi, John    11.2    98,223    14.5    16.6
IA-02     Loebsack, Dave    13.1    77,077    10.2    15
IA-01     Braley, Bruce    13.7    60,687    8.1    11.3
NY-24    Maffei, Dan    15.9    64,339    9.2    16.1
IL-10    Schneider, Brad    16.4    90,333    13.2    11.6
IL-08    Duckworth, Tammy    16.5    107,634    14.9    11.1
IL-17    Bustos, Cheri    17    84,855    12.2    18.9
IL-11    Foster, Bill    17.2    91,431    12.7    11.6
CA-09    McNerney, Jerry    17.7    113,913    16.2    18.4
CA-16    Costa, Jim    19.2    155,856    22.4    31.2
TX-34    Vela, Filemon    22.5    215,844    31.5    33
MI-14      Peters, Gary    62.4    106,899    15.3    26.5

Most of us believe will soon be working well enough to get millions of people signed up for better insurance than what they have now.  So either these Democrats actually believe the ACA may fail, and it's politically better for them to help the Republicans sabotage it than it is to run on a successful ACA next year, or they are political fools.  How will they run their campaigns next year if millions have signed up and the ACA is working pretty well?  Will they try to say they were for it, before they were against it, and now they're for it again?  Good Luck with that!

This was a vote cast that could plunge a dagger into the heart of the progressive argument that only government can stop us from losing our democracy to Republican Oligarchs who are pushing us toward a new gilded age.  For their short term political gains, they literally have put the country's future at stake.  

And as far as me losing my health coverage?  I currently have a junk policy that is expensive and will only cover some parts of my expenses.  Under the ACA, I'll save about $150/month and will get much better coverage.  By voting for the Republican Upton bill, even though it has no chance of getting anywhere, they've done a LOT of political damage to the Democrats and the ACA, and are now risking the entire ACA will get repealed by future Republican administrations. And by betraying their party's signature issue for the last 50 years, they've made the chances of Republican control of the government, much more likely.

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  •  Thanks for the list of cowards. (2+ / 0-)
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    StrayCat, mkor7

    Could we have a link to the official list?

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 07:48:03 AM PST

  •  I'm not ready to (1+ / 0-)
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    primary my rep Rick Nolan over this.  He has been on the progressive side of almost every issue.  I am curious to hear his explanation for this strange vote.

    Stand Up! Keep Fighting! Paul Wellstone

    by RuralLiberal on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 07:48:29 AM PST

    •  I would like for him to explain also (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm very curious what explanations these people have, especially right after Obama offered a fix, and when they fully knew the Dems had several proposals the Senate was working on.  And since they also knew, this was a bill that would kill the ACA and their vote will be used in campaigns next year proclaiming the Dems thought the ACA was a disaster.

      •  pollwatcher - good diary but I don't understand (2+ / 0-)
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        Victor Ward, pollwatcher

        the title. How would the Upton bill even if it was passed by the Senate and signed by the President (which will never happen) "take my health coverage away"? There was nothing in the diary that connected your personal circumstances to the Upton bill and how it would take your health coverage away.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:26:32 AM PST

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        •  good point, I'll update (0+ / 0-)

          I'm about to save a couple hundred dollars a month with a new policy that will actually cover something, rather than the junk policy I have now.  I'll lose the real coverage and have to go back to the expensive junk policy that really doesn't cover much.

          •  pollwatcher - how does the Upton bill (1+ / 0-)
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            take your new policy off the market?

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 09:54:39 AM PST

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            •  The Upton bill will kill the ACA (2+ / 0-)
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              VClib, wonmug

              If the Upton bill had any chance of becoming law, and it doesn't, it would let the young healthy people keep their junk policies like the one I have now.  They would not become part of the health coverage pool that holds down the costs of policies for those who use health services more.  Next year, those in the exchanges will see a dramatic increase in the costs of their policies.

              If 39 gutless Democrats will jump ship over these BS complaints about people losing their junk policies, how many will jump ship when the prices of policies on the exchanges start to skyrocket.  The Upton bill would effectively repeal the ACA in the next couple of years, and the good, inexpensive policy I'm about to sign up for, will be gone, and the Insurance Companies will be able to charge whatever they want (most likely out of my price range) for the garbage policies they sell now.  I lose my good policy under the ACA, and if I can afford it, I go back to a much more expensive junk policy.

  •  I don't think so... (2+ / 0-)
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    Theodore J Pickle, annecros

    You said it yourself right at the beginning, that it's necessary to provide cover for reps in some districts....then you say not this time.

    This vote doesn't hurt because the Thug-written bill will NEVER be agreed to in the Senate, and the President will NEVER sign it if it did, and the reps can credibly assert to their shifty districts that they TRIED to help "fix it."

    They aren't stabbing us in the back, they are trying to preserve their seats,  not an inconsequential issue at all.

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:00:49 AM PST

    •  They are trying to preserve their seats! why? (1+ / 0-)
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      Why are they trying to preserve their seats?  What's the use of preserving their seats if when the chips are down, they're going to vote for their jobs over the interests of millions of Americans?

      Don't think that this hasn't done enormous damage to the Democrats chances of retaking the house next year.  The Republicans have voted more than 40 times to repeal the ACA, why?  Because it's good politics.  For the Dems to vote for this was stupid politics.

      As Harry Truman said;

      Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time.
      •  But the "chips" ARENT down... (0+ / 0-)

        Your assertion that this is some sort of cataclysmic "die on this hill" situation just isn't so....

        As for the other commenters' question about are these reps trying to "fool" Republicans, they aren't trying to fool anyone, and they aren't trying to reach the teahadis at all, they're trying to reach the average person in their districts who doesn't pay much attention to politics until the Kochs and Karl Rove spend a million dollars telling them about how the bumbling Obama sent their health care plans to Kenya, and these awful socialist gun grabbers and baby-murderers licked the stamps on the envelope....

        "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

        by leftykook on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 04:30:43 PM PST

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    •  I don't understand this argument (3+ / 0-)
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      Back In Blue, mkor7, pollwatcher

      Are we to believe that when a vote is cast on a bill with no chance of passing, that Democrats are permitted to see it as 'cover' but Republicans will see it as credible or legitimate? That Republicans are easily fooled and we're not?

      These 39 can just as easily be considered as giving 'cover' to Republicans, giving them the 'credible' assertion of bipartisan support.

      Ron Barber is my rep, and he may have heard his last rant from me this morning. One name there that surprises me is kos-endorsed Ami Bera.

      Guns don't kill people. People kill guns. -- this message brought to you by the Night Vale chapter of the N.R.A.

      by tytalus on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:36:16 AM PST

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      •  There's got to be more to this than "BETRAYAL" (0+ / 0-)

        Peter DeFazio and Tammy Duckworth are certainly not neo-liberals, though the list has more than a few of those on it, too.

        Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
        I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

        by watercarrier4diogenes on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:25:57 AM PST

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        •  It's a good question (1+ / 0-)
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          I can't find an answer from Rep. Duckworth on it, but she does have a couple of 'Congress at Your Corner' events this weekend, where perhaps someone will inquire of her.

          Guns don't kill people. People kill guns. -- this message brought to you by the Night Vale chapter of the N.R.A.

          by tytalus on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:44:12 AM PST

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  •  I Won't Be Sad If Any Of Them Lose Their Election (2+ / 0-)
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    manucpa, pollwatcher

    They might as well be a republican after this vote. At least with a republican you know who you are dealing with. With these 39 democrats you may get a democrat one day a republican another day.  I am starting to feel the same for the blue dogs in the senate too.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:05:24 AM PST

    •  They hurt the party on votes like this (0+ / 0-)

      As I said above, I understand there are times when they have to vote against the party, but this wasn't one of those times.  These votes hurt the biggest piece of legislation the Democrats have proposed in 50 years!

      This was the time they should have sucked it up and fought back!

  •  DeFazio? Duckworth? (2+ / 0-)
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    pollwatcher, grrr

    Is there a class action lawsuit opening against these DEMS for mass whiplash?

    As an aside, I found out how to make charts like yours stay in place.

    Copy and Put this code in front of the chart (just like you would a bold code)

    And copy and paste this code at the end of the chart
    It keeps the chart tidy looking.  I learned this yesterday btw.

    Rats, the codes don't show up.

    Ok, go here to find the codes.

    You will find the opening code to the left of "my text" and the closing code to the right of "my text"

    You can see how these codes keep the table looking sharp here.

    Give it a try, k?

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:17:47 AM PST

  •  Who are your candidates? (0+ / 0-)

    Bruce Braley (D-IA) is seeking the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Tom Karkin. Who else is running in the primary?
    Does anybody on this thread live in TX-23 or TX-34? Anybody primary opponents for Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:41:32 AM PST

  •  It is really our fault (2+ / 0-)
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    pollwatcher, mkor7

    They voted that way because they are more afraid of angering conservatives and independents than they are of angering us.

    They won't respect us until they understand there are consequences for disrespect.

    •  Yep, that's kind of what this diary is about (0+ / 0-)

      I know this diary is pretty unpopular with most people here, and by calling them cowards people are going to think I'm being a bit too harsh, but I'm trying to put these people on notice that when it comes to the BIG issues, they either vote like Democrats are we're going to come after them like the Tea Party goes after everyone.

  •  Rangle Made Headlines (2+ / 0-)
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    pollwatcher, mkor7

    by asking can you staple an apology to the ballot? I think those Dems who find the ACA politically embarrassing might want to consider the political ramifications about cooperating with republicans to take benefits away from people or sabotaging benefits from reaching voters.

    Gegen diesen Idioten muss ich verlieren! – Chess Grandmaster Aaron Nimzowitsch (Why must I lose to this idiot!)

    by xulon on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 08:57:16 AM PST

  •  Strike 3! Given his blue district, PRIMARY MAFFEI! (0+ / 0-)

    Progressives keep their $ in credit unions, not big banks....find one now:

    by grrr on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 09:15:25 AM PST

  •  Are they DINO's ? (0+ / 0-)

    Democrat In Name Only

    •  No, they're cowards (1+ / 0-)
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      My guess would be that most, if not all, of them support the ACA and most Democratic principles.  This is what pisses me off so much about these people, they are willing to sacrifice their "principles", at great pain to millions of people and the future of the Democratic party, in order to keep their miserable little sleazy jobs!

  •  39 shitbag demoCRAP. (2+ / 0-)
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    mkor7, pollwatcher

    Don't know who i dislike the most: those 39 coward democrats or the GOP? both, probably.

  •  News headline should be (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama Lets Stupid People Keep Their Shitty Faux-Insurance

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 09:47:25 AM PST

  •  not unexpected of most (0+ / 0-)

    The bluest of the blue dogs may as well be republicans but they count as democrats for winning the house. Most of these votes were understandable since they mostly come from competitive districts.
    Sinema is a real disappointment though, has really been a blue dog no progressive there. Duckworth is surprising, her district is pretty safe.

    •  But the goal shouldn't be to simply have more D's (0+ / 0-)

      The reason we want more D's is to dramatic things that will this rapidly deteriorating country, much fairer and much better than it is now.

      The ACA is probably the biggest thing the Dems have done for the country in the past 50 years.  NOW is the time that the D's have to put it all on the table to protect this landmark legislation.  If you're actually going to vote to repeal the biggest thing the Dems have done in 50 years, at literally, a cost in thousands of lives and the bankruptcy of millions, than you're only there to protect your own ass and are to cowardice to stand up for anything hard.

  •  Thank you, pollwatcher for this diary! (1+ / 0-)
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    They ARE cowards!  Rather than wait two weeks to see if the website is running, this crowd has bailed.  Make no mistake about it.  They have bailed on the millions of people the ACA will help, essentially voting to gut the law.  Why?  For political cover for themselves.  Guess we know where their priorities lie.

  •  Unity is a good strategy. Having the courage of (1+ / 0-)
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    your convictions is a good strategy. Speaking up boldly for your own interests and for your partners is a good strategy.

    The President and the Democrats are ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. This should be a source of pride. Their opponents, aided by a complicit mediasphere, have buried the public under a relentless avalanche of lies about the insurance reform law for years now. They're the ones who lied. And lied. And lied. They're the ones who need to apologize. Their feigned outrage over the President's use of a sound bite to oversimplify a complex law counts for zero because the President and the Democrats are ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions and it would take far more than a conjobbing Republican to make me lose sight of that.

    Now, more than ever, Democrats need unity. The Koch brothers backed Cartel For The Rich with its puppets in the Republican party succeeded in excluding the poor from access to Medicaid in the states where they hold sway. The corporate media recites the script it was given and breathes not a word about the millions of poor people in states like Texas and Florida who are being denied.  I expect the Republicans to turn their backs on the have-nots and I expect the media to turn a blind eye.  Democratic House members in the states that declined Medicaid expansion should be on fire for their constituents. When they turn their backs on the people who are counting on them, they're not improving their chances of reelection in 2014.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 03:58:27 PM PST

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