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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:14 AM
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Progressives To Pelosi - Dump The Blue Dogs
http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/progressives-pre...

Two top House progressives have just fired off a letter to Pelosi that, in effect, urges her to stick with them and to ditch the Blue Dogs when the public option rubber hits the road. Progressives have reiterated not just their support for a robust public option, but their opposition to the Blue Dog's weakened version of it passed out of Energy and Commerce.

The letter, which was sent over by a source, makes this point by noting that the version of the public option in the House health care proposal negotiated by Blue Dogs the version that emerged from Henry Waxmans Energy and Commerce committee pales beside the ones created by two other key House committees, which have a more robust public option.

The two progressives Dem Reps. Lynn Woolsey and Raul Grijalva ask Pelosi for a meeting to discuss these pertinent facts. They write flat out that the version negotiated by Blue Dogs is unacceptable to them, because it results in far less savings than the two other versions.

You should read the letter yourself. But suffice it to say that its another sign that when it comes to the public option, House liberals are preparing for a showdown with Blue Dogs and showing no intention to budge.

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

We write to see how we can best work with you to ensure that a robust public plan with Medicare rates plus 5% is included in the final health reform bill.

In July, 60 Members signed a letter saying they could not support an agreement made in the Committee on Energy and Commerce that would require the public plan to use negotiated rates rather than Medicare plus 5% rates, which could delay the start of the public plan, reduce its savings, and reduce its ability to drive down costs. As you stated last week, the Congressional Budget Office scored the Committees on Education and Labor and Ways and Means bill with the Medicare plus 5% rates at $110 billion in savings compared to the Committee on Energy and Commerce at $25 billion in savings. The loss in savings the Committee on Energy and Commerce brought by this change was offset by reducing subsidies to low-and middle-income families, requiring them to pay a larger portion of their income for insurance premiums, is something we find unacceptable.

As were sure you agree, these numbers demonstrate the importance of a robust public plan tied to Medicare. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss how we can work together to include a robust public plan that will increase competition, bring down costs, and provide the necessary savings to ensure robust subsidies to those who need help paying for health insurance.

Sincerely,
Lynn Woolsey
Raul Grijalva
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:19 AM
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1. They should fold to the minority "blue dogs" once again...
I hope not. The Blue Dogs will have a more difficult time explaining their position in the next election. Because their position is a loser..
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:20 AM
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2. Strip away their valued chairmanships if they want to represent the corporations!
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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:24 AM
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3. Dem's with a BACKBONE??
I'll believe it when I see it.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:36 AM
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4. The Liberals are more conservative with tax money than these so-called conservative Dems
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:46 AM
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5. That is an excellent point...
These "blue Dogs" are the first in line to vote for Bush tax cuts and unpaid wars, charged on the credit cards. They are hypocrites.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:50 AM
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6. they aren't conservative as much as they are corporate whores
it appears the art of camouflaging oneself behind something that implies a good, has been co-opted by those who are not what they say they are.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:21 AM
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8. Well said. nt
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kctim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:21 AM
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7. They might as well
I mean, they dumped us in favor of the Brady Bill and that worked out so well.
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guardian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:57 PM
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9. Great letter.
Why is it that the Democrats are always ready to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? We have the clear majority. Let's use it.
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