Watch your Politicians in action … the process

watch U.S. Senate: on C-SPAN2

While i have personally complained about our legislative  process, it is obvious that the system set-up enabled them to take time to manipulate, debate, think, re-think, vote and vote again, the process is slow but in some instances very deliberate, the idea i guess was to get it right and the road meant allowing for a lot of challenges, changing of minds, meetings off the floor for deals and deliberate votes to get to the result… a law. This gets lost with all the politicking  we all see.

My take and hope is that liberals, lefties, democrats, progressives will stop and think… how long has HCR been shoved under the rug, Health Care has always been a significant problem part of our economy, people gave up wage increases in exchange for health insurance. our economy broke down just before President Obama took office, it needs to be fixed, the fix is a big undertaking, it will change America but it needs to be done; we have to start somewhere, it  has parts and pieces “we the people,” have no idea  but have and are hurdles to be jumped, House speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats, which are more left than the Senate  put together a bill that was acceptable, the Senate, which is made up of very conservative republicans/some democrats that seem more elitist to me;definitely believes in the status quo.  The idea that a new administration could walk in and tell everyone the old ways will be completely abolished asap is absurd, change takes time, change takes cooperation among the Congress members.  Democrats are unique, we have a big tent and our members are not in unity in thought 24/7 like the right, its taken over a decade for enough people to be on the same page and a President who believes in change; the combination of both the House and the Senate bills might just be the change we are looking for

… we are our brother’s keeper


Any day now, health insurance reform will come up for a vote in the Senate.

We’re hearing a lot about what’s at stake with this vote for President Obama, the Democrats who are fighting alongside him, and the Republicans who have lined up in opposition.

But let’s talk about what’s really at stake for America. The Senate health reform bill will:

    — Extend coverage to 31 million Americans, the largest expansion of coverage since the creation of Medicare.

    — Ensure that you can choose your own doctor.

    — Finally stop insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

    — Make sure you will never be charged exorbitant premiums on the basis of your age, health, or gender.

    — Guarantee you will never lose your coverage just because you get sick or injured.

    — Protect you from outrageous out-of-pocket expenditures by establishing lifetime and annual limits.

    — Allow young people to stay on their parents’ coverage until they’re 26 years old.

    — Create health insurance exchanges, or “one-stop shops” for individuals purchasing insurance, where insurance companies are forced to compete for new customers.

    — Lower premiums for families, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office — especially for struggling folks who will receive subsidies.

    — Help small businesses provide health care coverage to their employees with tax credits and by allowing them to purchase coverage through the exchanges.

    — Improve and strengthen Medicare by eliminating waste and fraud (without cutting basic benefits), beginning to close the Medicare Part D donut hole, and extending the life of the Medicare trust fund.

    — Create jobs by reining in costs — fostering competition, reducing waste and inefficiency, and starting to reward doctors and hospitals for quality, not quantity, of care.

    — Cut the deficit by over $130 billion in the next 10 years.

It’s a long list. But that’s only because this bill represents the most significant health reform our nation has seen since the creation of Medicare.

And it’s important that every American knows what’s really at stake this holiday season.

So please pass this email along to friends, family, and neighbors today — or click below to share this list on Facebook and Twitter, or print out a copy to share with others:

We wouldn’t be this close to enacting these powerful reforms without all your hard work. Now, we’re in the final stretch — let’s keep it up.

Thank you,

David Plouffe


Republicans against …

Projects and or parts of HCR and the Spending Package

Cash for Clunkers
Money for our Troops
Unemployment Insurance
Affordable health care …                                                                                                            Up coming energy assistance upgrade rebates

Obama for America

Early this morning, the Senate made history and health reform cleared its most important hurdle yet — garnering the 60 votes needed to move toward a final vote in that chamber later this week.

I’m grateful to Senator Harry Reid and every senator who’s been working around the clock to make this happen. And I’m grateful to you, and every member of the Organizing for America community, for all the work you have done to make this progress possible.

After a nearly century-long struggle, we are now on the cusp of making health insurance reform a reality in the United States of America.As with any legislation, compromise is part of the process. But I’m pleased that recently added provisions have made this landmark bill even stronger. Between the time when the bill passes and the time when the insurance exchanges get up and running, insurance companies that try to jack up their rates do so at their own peril. Those who hike their prices may be barred from selling plans on the exchanges.

And while insurance companies will be prevented from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions once the exchanges are open, in the meantime there will be a high-risk pool where people with pre-existing conditions can purchase affordable coverage.    

A recent amendment has made these protections even stronger. Insurance companies will now be prohibited from denying coverage to children immediately after this bill passes. There’s also explicit language in this bill that will protect a patient’s choice of doctor. And small businesses will get additional assistance as well.

These protections are in addition to the ones we’ve been talking about for some time. No longer will insurance companies be able to drop your coverage if you become sick and no longer will you have to pay unlimited amounts out of your own pocket for treatments that you need.

Under this bill families will save on their premiums; businesses that would see their costs rise if we don’t act will save money now and in the future. This bill will strengthen Medicare and extend the life of the program. Because it’s paid for and gets rid of waste and inefficiency in our health care system, this will be the largest deficit reduction plan in over a decade.

Finally, this reform will extend coverage to more than 30 million Americans who don’t have it.

These are not small changes. These are big changes. They’re fundamental reforms. They will save money. They will save lives.

And your passion, your work, your organizing helped make all of this possible. Now it’s time to finish the job.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama