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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Health Care Summit - Political Theatre? NO!

Blair House is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.  Blair House is now a complex of four connected townhouses, including the original Blair House. During the 1980s, Blair House underwent significant restorations, with a new wing added on the north. An adjacent townhouse, Trowbridge House, is being renovated to serve as an official guest residence for former U.S. presidents while in the capital. The combined square footage of the four adjacent townhouses exceeds 70,000 square feet, making it larger than the White House.

On the eve of President Barack Obama's health care summit, Weiner opened his speech by accusing Republicans of having the "chutzpah" to be complete obstructionists.  "You know, you've gotta love these Republicans. I mean, you guys have chutzpah. The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of an insurance industry—that's the fact," Weiner said, voiced raised.  As the bizarre scene unfolds, whispers repeating the "subsidiary" line can be heard in the C-SPAN footage, which is when Lundgren (R-Calif.) rose to ask that Weiner's statement be struck from the record.  Weiner then paced the floor, returned to the podium and agreed to retract his statement—only to enter replacement words in the record.

"Every single Republican I've ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry!" Weiner yelled even louder than before.

"Deal with it" should be the new Mantra of the Progressive movement"

Health care summit: Transcripts from every speaker
Missed the health care summit -- or even just a few words? The Post has compiled transcripts from the whole event:
Democrats have wanted this for five decades
Obama said, and the American people can no longer wait. He set a deadline of a month to six weeks or so for Republicans to join them on this issue, but warned that the Democratic leaders of Congress would then go it alone to try to get it done.

President Obama gathered with congressional leaders of both parties yesterday for an open, honest, and productive discussion on health reform. It was a strong success, focused on substance -- as CNN put it, "a win for our country."  While disagreements remain, the meeting uncovered considerable areas of overlap, including many Republican ideas that were already in the President's proposal. And with all the best ideas now on the table, the President made it clear that no excuses remain: Congress must put aside partisan divides and swiftly complete a final bill.  This is a message the whole country needs to hear, but most people weren't able to watch all seven hours of today's summit -- and we can't let the special interest spin machine drown us out. That's where you come in.

The President was crystal clear about his commitment to pass reform that puts Americans in charge of their own health care, reduces costs, and expands coverage for tens of millions without insurance. We've come too far to scrap a year's worth of work and start over. And the millions of Americans that are suffering can't afford another year-long debate. There's simply too much at stake.  Yesterday's bipartisan meeting was a huge step forward toward passing reform. And today, you can help make sure we go the rest of the way: Meeting highlights

I refuse to let others write my agenda.  This is my letter to MO Repulican Senator Kit Bond:
Dear Mr. Christopher Bond

In the game of politics, you adamantly held up a GSA appointment to add pressure to Congress for your desire to move 1,000 Federal employees from a dilapidated building to a brand new building costing $175 million. This 10 month delay caused the Government to waste money because they paid an additional $180 million for an antiquated phone system because the contract could not be signed. You explained this action as “the way to do business in Washington.”
You are voting against healthcare reform. You claim that the people don’t want this. I don’t know what people you’re talking to, but everyone I know wants the healthcare reform bill to pass.
You are about to retire with a $68,000 congressional pension. Could you afford to pay $12,000 of that income for a spousal healthcare policy that may increase 39-56 percent next year? In other words, your health insurance will be provided. During your tenure, your family was covered on your policy. What if after retirement, you had to purchase your wife’s policy separately and the cost was $1,000 a month? Suddenly, your $68,000 retirement income is reduced to $56,000 before taxes.
You see, an individual health care policy is overpriced. Once you’ve had a good health care policy, the catastrophic plans just aren’t good enough. A high deductible is not an option. We want what you have and so does your spouse.
You represent Missouri. Reach across the aisle and vote for health care reform. Don’t just acknowledge that something needs to change, do something about it.

Jo Ann Brown

Use this link to contact anyone voting against health care reform:

Feb 25:  Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown calls the Republicans' pleas to start over on the health care bill "childish" and a missed opportunity to present their platform.

Dr. Boyce Watkins discusses health care

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