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snowdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:37 AM
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16 Senators sign onto Public option for health care reform...

I am pushing for single payer.

But there is support for the public option :(and opposition)

http://brown.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Letter.pdf
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:21 AM
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1. Single payer won't happen . . . at least not immediately.
As long as we can get a public option, we'll be on the way. People will sign up for it, be happy with it and slowly everyone will gravitate to it. (Except, of course, those who fear "socialism" and prefer to pay through the nose to guarantee the salaries of billionaire insurance CEOs.)
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:22 AM
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8. We will never get a public option if we stop demanding single payer n/t
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:34 AM
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10. I agree absolutely. We have to press for single payer, but
the sad fact is it's highly unlikely we'll get it. Rather than be totally discouraged, we need to have a Plan B and that would be single payer via the public option.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 03:53 PM
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14. Yes, we need a Plan B, but now is not the time to be advocating it
We do that only when we absolutely have to. A great deal of what is "possible" is determined by what we actually try to DO.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:08 AM
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2. Good for them. Disappointed my senators did not sign (and that there are only 16 senators signing
out of 48).
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snowdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:52 AM
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3. agree, and neither did mine.---I will have to wrrite a letter this weekend.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:03 PM
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4. Not signing does not mean they are against it
The letter is going to Kennedy, so I doubt he was even asked. Not signing or not sponsoring a bill does not mean they are not for it.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:07 PM
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5. I know. I still would have liked Kerry to sign this letter. It is a strong sign of support.
Edited on Sat May-02-09 12:09 PM by Mass
I have no doubt they support it. Kennedy has offered bills for Medicare for all for many years now. However, showing support is also important, particularly when it comes to something as important as this. Nelson and others have said they did not want this to happen because it would hurt the private insurance companies. It is not a time to remain silent.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:15 PM
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6. I quite agree - and I hope that more will sign (if that is even possible)
It might even be that they didn't have a chance to even meet with Kerry - who really seems to have been busy on SFRC stuff last week.
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ChimpersMcSmirkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 02:38 AM
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9. I like seeing that Webb signed it.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:16 PM
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7. 35 to go.
:party:
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:01 AM
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11. Both of NY's Senators are on the list!. . . .n/t
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:44 AM
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12. Both Schumer and Gillibrand signed.
:) That's good.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:24 PM
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13. kickers. . . . . .. n/t
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 04:07 PM
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15. My new senator signed.
Jeff Merkley, who beat Gordon Smith last November.

I'll send him a note of thanks.
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