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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:52 PM
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Sign Howard Dean's Petition: Join President Obama in calling on Congress to get the job done
Now is the season for action. The majority of Americans want health insurance reform with the choice of a public option that keeps insurance companies honest, lowers costs, and increases service.

The choice of a public option provides every American a non-profit health insurance alternative that can't be canceled if you lose a job or move and it's inclusion in any bill passed this year is non-negotiable.

Majority votes in Congress can pass a public option.

We join President Obama in calling on Congress to get the job done.

http://www.americacantwait.com/dfaemail
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:57 PM
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1. Didn't Dean Say The Baucus Plan Was Seriously Faulted Or Something Like
that?? I don't want to sign something that won't hole Obama's feet to the fire!

I LOVE DEAN, and I know he TRULY believes there will be a Public Option! ME? I just don't know!

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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:03 PM
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2. Nancy Pelosi said again today there will be a public option coming out of the House bill.
That will further our getting a public option out of the bill when it goes to conference. We can never tell Congress enough that we need a strong public option to get the insurance companies honest by creating more competition. That is also how you drive down the cost of health insurance.
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SPedigrees Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:05 PM
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3. This petition is about rejecting the Baucus plan, in favor of a public option.
The Baucus plan does not contain a public option, and yes it IS seriously flawed because of it. This isn't about Obama; it's about getting a bill through Congress.

Here is the text of the Howard Dean-DFA email:

We've worked together since the beginning of the healthcare debate to draw a line in the sand -- the choice of a public option must be included in any reform bill passed this year. And every time Republicans have tried to kill it or the insurance industry has claimed it's already dead, we've stood up and proven them wrong.

The new line from opponents of reform is that Congress doesn't have the votes to pass a public option.

Once again, thanks to you, we've 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 means Congress has the majority votes needed to pass a public option -- TODAY.

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.

ADD YOUR NAME NOW

Some have said it takes 60 votes to pass any bill in the U.S. Senate. It's a myth.

It's a myth because while any Senator can attempt to block most Senate bills with a procedural tactic called the filibuster, there are exceptions. Senate rules don't allow filibusters of certain bills that affect the budget. That's right; the healthcare reform plan including the choice of a public option can be passed in a budget bill by a majority vote in the U.S. Senate.

Don't take my word for it. Numerous budget scholars and experts on Senate procedure have staked their reputations on it. Stan Collender, a contributing editor at the National Journal, contributing writer for Roll Call, and author of "The Guide to the Federal Budget" is an expert on the subject. Here's how he explains it:
"The House-passed version of the 2010 budget resolution allows health care reform to be included in a reconciliation bill and, therefore, adopted in the Senate with 51 votes..."

"First, contrary to what some have been saying, reconciliation has become such a standard part of the budget process that using it for health care would be neither surprising nor precedent-setting. When they were in the majority, Republicans insisted that reconciliation was allowed by Senate rules and used it in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Back then, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who has been one of the biggest opponents of using reconciliation this year, made what in retrospect is an almost infamous floor speech about the appropriateness and legality of using reconciliation.

Second, health care reform will have a substantial impact on federal finances and so can't be said to be unrelated to the budget, which is one of the critical criteria for using reconciliation. In fact, given that at least two of the largest mandatory federal spending programs Medicare and Medicaid are health care programs; health care reform and reconciliation would seem to be a perfect fit."
Over 25 times in history the Senate has passed major reforms this way, including the Bush tax cuts and funding for the Iraq War. Whether the Senate passes reform through a budget bill or in a different bill that has overcome a filibuster, the truth of the matter is it only takes a majority vote to get the job done.

JOIN ME IN CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS REAL REFORM WITH MAJORITY VOTES

Even after months of right-wing fear mongering and misinformation, the majority of Americans still want the choice of a public option. Just last Saturday, CBS News released a poll that showed support for a public option has increased since the President's speech to Congress in which he explained what it would provide as a part of his healthcare plan.

President Obama can sign healthcare reform including a public option into law this year if we make sure Congress passes real reform.

When we work together, we're unstoppable. Thank you for everything you do.

-Howard

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Democracy for America
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ChiciB1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:11 PM
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4. Okay, I'm In! If Howard Dean Is The Person In The Lead... Then I'm On GOOOO! n/t
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jdlh8894 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:12 PM
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5. I don't either!
Don't these bills go back to committee before they can be brought on the floor when changes are made?
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:29 PM
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6. Bills do not go back to the committees once they pass out of the committee.
Unless, of course, a vote is taken by the full House or Senate to return the bill to its committees of jurisdiction.

Once the House and the Senate pass their health care bills, a Conference Committee will be chose. It will be instructive to see who is appointed to serve on this committee.
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:39 PM
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7. The choice for every American??? Which bill is that? n/t
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:10 AM
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8. TPM: Howard Dean, DFA, Launch Campaign Encouraging 51-Vote Health Care Bill
Howard Dean, DFA, Launch Campaign Encouraging 51-Vote Health Care Bill
Brian Beutler
September 17, 2009, 7:50PM

Howard Dean and Democracy for America have launched a new campaign called America Can't Wait, to bring grassroots pressure to bear on elected officials to pass health care reform with a public option through via the filibuster proof budget reconciliation process.

In a letter to supporters, obtained by TPM, America Can't Wait founder Howard Dean to supporters writes that pursuing the 51-vote should be the priority over the regular legislative order because it will be more likely to produce a public option.

"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," Dean writes.

Some have said it takes 60 votes to pass any bill in the U.S. Senate. It's a myth.

It's a myth because while any Senator can attempt to block most Senate bills with a procedural tactic called the filibuster, there are exceptions. Senate rules don't allow filibusters of certain bills that affect the budget. That's right; the healthcare reform plan including the choice of a public option can be passed in a budget bill by a majority vote in the U.S. Senate.


http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/09/howard-dean-...

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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:30 AM
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9. Thanks for posting this! I signed.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 01:21 PM
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10. Thanks, SemiCharmedQuark!
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