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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:26 PM
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Howard Dean: Congress has the majority votes needed to pass a public option -- TODAY
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 12:27 PM by ProSense

America Can't Wait

by Gov Howard Dean MD

We're in the final stretch in our campaign for healthcare reform including a public option.

The good news is we're winning.

I know that sometimes it is hard to tell. After all August was a brutal month filled with right-wing fear mongering and misinformation. Whether led by Glen Beck, FOX news or Rep. Joe Wilson, too many Americans were told to disrupt Town Halls rather than participate in them. And of course the media covered every moment of it.

But the real story of August is that these scare tactics didn't work. Support for President Obama's Healthcare Reform Plan which includes the choice of a public health insurance option has increased since the beginning of August.

This is a testament to the fact that you never gave up. All summer we worked together to make sure Congress got the message that inclusion of a public option in any healthcare reform bill passed this year is non-negotiable. And every time Republicans tried to kill it or the insurance industry claimed it's already dead, you stood up and proved them wrong.

Now what we keep hearing is that Congress doesn't have the votes to pass a public option.

Once again, thanks to your help, we have proven them wrong...

We've asked everyone in Congress where they stand. At least 218 House and 51 Senate Democrats have said they would vote for the final healthcare bill if it included the choice of a public option rather than vote against the bill and kill reform. That's means Congress has the majority votes needed to pass a public option -- TODAY. You can check out Chris Bower's post on OpenLeft.com from last night if you want more specifics on the Senate count.

Now is the season for action. The majority of Americans want it. Majority votes in Congress will pass it. Join President Obama in calling on Congress to get the job done this year.

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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:28 PM
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1. That Is The Ticket, Ma'am!
"On les aura!"
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:29 PM
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2. I love Howard Dean but I think he is wrong
If we had the votes, we would do it.
We don't have the votes, cause the corporatist don't want a public option.
We might have the votes in the house, but not in the senate.
We might not have the votes for the lame bill max crafted..
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:36 PM
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3. No, he's not wrong
We have the votes.

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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:02 PM
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10. Good link, deserves its own thread if it doesn't have one already.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:40 PM
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4. if the choice is between the voice of Dr. Dean and you I will pick DEAN.
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 12:40 PM by Vincardog
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:36 PM
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6. me too
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:48 PM
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5. Actually they have kept close tabs on the votes.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:37 PM
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7. well then
LETS ROLL!
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:43 PM
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8. A real Democrat
Anyone critical of him is totally suspect in my book.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:01 PM
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9. I'm convinced we have the votes, but when is the soonest we can expect a vote?
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