Health care calls needed to Baird, Smith

Ken Camp at NPI Advocate notices that Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) and Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03) need to get some phone calls of encouragement regarding the pending health care bill. There might be a vote this weekend.

Feel free to click through to NPI Advocate for more information.

Separately, a reliable source tells me calls are being forwarded to Congressional offices by some group or other that is deliberately targeting seniors and trying to scare them, so why not take a few moments if you live in either district and make your own legitimate call to your elected representative? You’ll feel good about it all day, and then you will smile at other people.


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    Ekim spews:


    He is my congressman. I just called to lend my support.

    @2 Not now. Not ever.

    Eh? Change has been happening all along if you haven’t noticed. Cost of health care has been doubling every 8 years. Costs will go up 25% to 35% next year alone.

    We either change the system now or wait until it breaks. If we wait we will as a nation be even poorer than we are now.

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    Steve spews:

    @2 “Democunt Pelosi doesn’t have the votes.”

    31. Marvin Stamn spews:

    Calling people “cunts” doesn’t help anybody, especially you.

    11/06/2009 at 8:22 am

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    slingshot spews:

    It’s a shitty bill. It’s denial and a farce to call this reform. Any true progressive has to be against this piece of garbage. It’s just another cave in to corporatism, and the K Street pimps by the Democorps. The sun is setting. Washington is burning.

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    Puddybud Remembers Progressives Forget spews:

    Yes, Puddy sure Rep. Adam Smith and Rep. Brian Baird will want to know PELOSI’s Bill: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail
    JCT Confirms Failure to Comply with Democrats’ Mandate Can Lead to 5 Years in Jail – Friday, November 06, 2009

    “Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

    In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.””

    Puddy told you all this, so Puddy wonders if Baird and Smith have read this wonderful piece of legislation.

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    Puddybud Remembers Progressives Forget spews:

    Puddy wonders if Rep. Adam Smith and Rep. Brian Baird will want to know why Robert B. Reich doesn’t think the latest health care bill isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

    “I worry, though, that Obama’s strategy may turn out to be a mistake comparable to Clinton’s overemphasis on deficit reduction. Obama’s focus on health care rather than jobs, when the economy is still so fragile and unemployment moving toward double digits, could make it appear that the administration has its priorities confused. While affordable health care is critically important to Americans, making a living is more urgent. Yet the administration’s efforts to date on this more basic concern have been neither particularly visible nor coherent.”

    “While health care reform, if done right, can help American families stay afloat in the economy, the current bills won’t offer most Americans any appreciable decline in the cost of their health insurance nor clear improvement in the efficiency or quality of the health care they receive, and those who will benefit won’t see the benefits until 2014 at the earliest.”

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    lostinaseaofblue spews:

    Why bother? I sent a letter strongly opposing the nationalization of health care to Patty Murry, Maria Cantwell, and Obama. The email response? “We appreciate your support of this needed reform to the health care system of this country.” They didn’t even bother to read it.