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After meeting with key Republicans and Democrats Baucus said he was "inclined toward" jettisoning the public option endorsed by Obama in favor of a new proposal to create health care insurance cooperatives.

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Claudia S (62)
Friday June 12, 2009, 8:16 am

The good news is that House Speaker Pelosi has said that the Conrad co-op proposal is a no-go in the House of Representatives.

BUT HOUSE LIBERALS SAY ‘NO GO’ TO CO-OPS, per Inside Health Policy: “‘Not instead of a public option, no,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a press briefing. ‘The bill we're working on -- and the bill that is going to pass the House -- is going to have a strong public option,’ a House leadership aide emphasized. ‘That's where we're going.’”

Please CALL Senator Max Baucus at (202) 224-2651
Call the Senate Finance Committee at (202) 224-4515

When you make the calls today, TELL your Senators and Representatives that you are OPPOSED to the Conrad co-op proposal,

And that you WANt Single payer and that you NEED a strong, robust Medicare-like public option in health care reform with NO TRIGGERS or CONDITIONS!

CALL these three House chairmen with these talking points below, and add that YOU DO NOT want them to listen to these turncoat Blue Dog Democrats and New Democrats Coalition. Tell them you want them to stand firm FOR Single Payer or at the very least, a strong, robust Medicare-like public option!

Ways and Means Committee Chair Charlie Rangel (202) 225-3625)

Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman (202) 225-2927)

Education and Labor Committee Chair George Miller (202) 225-3725)

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday June 12, 2009, 9:29 am
I used the phones to make some calls and they didn't een take my name, just my zip code and if I am FOR/AGAINST the issue I'm calling about ... they're getting impatient and they don't really want to hear from us ... so it's time to put it in writing ... also send a copy of the email you write to your Senators and Representatives to President Obama.

Let the President know that we're backing him up as a MAJORITY and we'll fight alongside him EVERY SINGLE DAY until they GIVE US HEALTH CARE not health in$urance to line their pockets again.


Here's how President Obama still feels about single payer health care:

"I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program." (applause) "I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that's what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that's what I'd like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House."

Obama speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO, June 30, 2003.

Because now that all those conditions that he mentioned in the last sentence have been met it is time to get the "single payer universal health care" he spoke about so passionately in the first sentence.


Here's a video clip of Obama supporting universal health care in 2003:

Write to the President, every day to remind him that he promised us all health "care" not health in$urance:

Click Here For Contacting Congress State by State.

Write to them every day ... PUT IT IN WRITING ...

Look up your members of Congress and call them now:

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday June 12, 2009, 9:32 am
Here are the talking points that you can and should use when calling in favor of a strong, robust Medicare-like public option, and remember, the "trigger" may happen if we don't let up in our opposition to it in our phone calls:

Tell [Name] that you DO NOT want the 7-year trigger for the public option and take it off the table, and that you want him to support an affordable strong, robust Medicare-like public option. We NEED a strong, robust Medicare-like public option NOW OPEN TO ALL AMERICANS AND AFFORDABLE, not more of the SAME broken system that's given us unaffordable premiums, little private insurance coverage, and rising co-pays. Also, DON'T TAX OUR EMPLOYER HEALTH BENEFITS. Instead, follow the proposal by President Obama to tax the wealthy above $250,000, eliminate the overpayments in Medicare Advantage, and put tax capital gains to help fund health care reform. TELL YOUR MEMBER NO ON THE SCHUMER COMPROMISE.

CALL the White House at: 202-456-1111 and E-MAIL them as well!

Please CALL Senator Max Baucus at (202) 224-2651

Please CALL Senator Olympia Snowe at (202) 224-5344

Please CALL Senator Charles Schumer at 202-224-6542

Please CALL Senator Edward Kennedy at (202) 224-4543

Please CALL Senator John Rockefeller at (202) 224-6472

Please CALL Senator Ron Wyden at (202) 224-5244

Please CALL Senator Kent Conrad at (202) 224-2043

Please CALL Senator Jeff Bingaman at (202) 224-5521

Please CALL Senator John Kerry at (202) 224-2742

Please CALL Senator Blanche Lincoln at 202-224-4843

Please CALL Senator Debbie Stabenow at (202) 224-4822

Please CALL Senator Maria Cantwell at 202-224-3441

Please CALL Senator Bill Nelson at 202-224-5274

Please CALL Senator Robert Menendez at 202-224-4744

Please CALL Senator Thomas Carper at (202) 224-2441

It's really important that we CALL these Senators on the Senate Finance Committee because some of them are still SERIOUSLY considering the 7-year trigger for the public option in case private insurance fails and are NOW thinking that the Conrad co-op proposal may be a good thing to get Republican votes. Well, here's a frickin' news alert--the Republicans aren't in power anymore. You guys are in power now! Act like it!

We have to get them to stop considering the public option as a "fall-back trigger" seven years from now AND the Conrad co-op proposal, because we NEED a Medicare-like public option NOW that is affordable and OPEN TO ALL Americans.


Use this congressional hotline to do so: Capitol Hill 800-828-0498

Blue Dog Leadership Team

Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy
Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA-03), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip

Blue Dog Members

Barrow, John (GA-12)
Boren, Dan (OK-02)
Boyd, Allen (FL-02)
Bright, Bobby (AL-02)
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)
Childers, Travis (MS-01)
Costa, Jim (CA-20)
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04)
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02)
Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08)
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)
Gordon, Bart (TN-06)
Griffith, Parker (AL-05)
Hill, Baron (IN-09)
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07)
Marshall, Jim (GA-03)
Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)
Michaud, Mike (ME-02)
Minnick, Walt (ID-01)
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05)
Moore, Dennis (KS-03)
Nye, Glenn (VA-02)
Peterson, Collin (MN-07)
Pomeroy, Earl (ND)
Salazar, John (CO-03)
Scott, David (GA-13)
Shuler, Heath (NC-11)
Space, Zack (OH-18)
Tanner, John (TN-08)
Taylor, Gene (MS-04)

Make them regret they ever tried to hold up progress on a strong, Medicare-like public option in health care reform.

If you want a strong, robust Medicare-like public option, then the time to fight is here and NOW! Let's not stop on making these calls!

A strong, robust Medicare-like public option is the line in the sand for me. Is it the line in the sand for you as well?

Claudia S (62)
Friday June 12, 2009, 9:42 am

Thanks for expanding that Blue. We are giving folks the means to act - now we can only hope that many will.

For anyone interested, I have posted some Tips for Effective Communications with Congress in our Care2 Groupfor working towards single payer. You will find them here:


Carrie B (306)
Friday June 12, 2009, 4:51 pm
I really am beginning to think NO ONE is listening to anything we have to say!

Joycey B (750)
Friday June 12, 2009, 6:56 pm
Thanks Claudia.

Claudia S (62)
Friday June 12, 2009, 7:37 pm

Carrie, we just need to recruit one citizen to make calls for each dollar being spent by the lobbyists.

Some folks are starting to organize calling and letter writing parties and meetups like they did for election campaigns and there was an idea floated today for "live blogging calls" on Monday to make it more fun.

Others are organizing freeway blogging near their reps offices when they are in district. And we have the rally in DC on June 25th. I am trying to raise some money to go.

We just have to find creative ways to gain more supporters willing to take action.


. (1)
Friday June 12, 2009, 7:56 pm
I will be calling my congress people here and emailing them... co-op is certainly NOT an option what so ever.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 1:46 am
Our fight for equal access to healthcare for all is about democracy, human rights, civil rights, and basic human decency.WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR OUR CIVIL RIGHTS AND BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.

We need to bombard the White House, Senator Kennedy’s office, and our Senators and Representatives with CALLS, Faxes and Emails for SINGLE PAYER.

1. ASK Obama to support Single Payer reform.Tell him it’s what the country wants and needs. 45 million are uninsured. People are dying because of our current healhcare system. We can’t afford not to have single-payer reform!



CALL AND FAX: Phone: Comments: 202-456-1111;
Switchboard: 202-456-1414; FAX: 202-456-2461

2. Call, Fax and Email Senator Kennedy’s office and insist that he put SINGLE-PAYER healthcare reform on the table.Object to forcing all Americans to buy health insurance. You can email him here:

Fax him here:
FAX Senator Kennedy's Washington office: 202-224-2417
FAX Senator Kennedy's Massachusetts office: 617-565-3183

3. ASK your Senators to co-sponsor S 703, The American Health Security Act.

ASK your Representative to co-sponsor HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act. (78 Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors so far).

You can find your legislators’ contact information here:

For more information on both bills:

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 8:16 am
It's on your kitchen table

In the past few days, our allies in Congress have made serious gains in health care reform. But one thing is still uncertain - whether we'll see a strong, immediate public health insurance option.

President Obama last week indicated that, in order to keep insurance companies "honest" and reduce costs, we must provide Americans with the option of a public health insurance plan.

Now it's time to convince Congress; and the strongest proof that our current health care system is broken is probably sitting on your kitchen table - your medical bills.

What are you spending on health care? Generate your own medical bill online, and send
it to Congress:

Today, the Senate is working on a plan for health care reform. The public health insurance option needs to be a part of it because it does three things:

* Lowers costs for individuals and families by competing side-by-side with private insurance plans
* Sets high standards for quality and accessibility that other plans will strive to meet
* Gives Americans more choice in their coverage by offering an affordable alternative to over-priced plans

Congress needs to understand what we're paying for health care. Use our tool to generate a medical bill and send it to your Senators:

After 80 years, we finally have the solution to this health care crisis in our sights. Thanks for joining us in our summer-long sprint to the finish line.

Dr. L. Toni Lewis
SEIU Healthcare

Claudia S (62)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 9:22 am

Thanks to everyone making calls.

Another reason single payer was "off the table" from the beginning...

Key Lawmakers in Health-Care Debate Reveal Investments in Health Industry


Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 11:01 am

What Did You Sacrifice To Afford Healthcare ?
As a person who was born on the UKs National Health Service,who has been a lifelong recipient of the service,and now works within it,I see that the right wing of the USA, are telling lies about healthcare.Most Americans are going without ..something

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:40 pm
Avedon Carol had another good post on health care yesterday:

Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix

He conceded that it was a mistake to rule out a fully government-run health system, or a "single-payer plan," not because he supports it but because doing so alienated a large, vocal constituency and left Mr. Obama's proposal of a public health plan to compete with private insurers as the most liberal position.

They really are more stupid than words can convey. I mean, I realize Baucus was more interested in killing single-payer than in getting even a half-decent healthcare bill passed, but, seriously, how old do you have to be to understand haggling? And how could you fail to get the optics in this? (Except that, of course, they didn't dare bring up single-payer, or people would have had to talk about it, and people would have been defending it in public, and then they'd have to explain why they weren't getting it. And I'm not sure Yglesias is right that a single-payer plan couldn't possibly have passed. That public discussion might have made more people aware that their own legislators were standing directly in the way of their own healthcare. There has to be a point at which legislators begin to have nightmares about their heads ending up on pikes.) We really are led by morons.
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