It's Health Care "Let's Make a Deal:" Call Senators! They vote Saturday
Arm twisting? Yup. Can you tell me what a $100 million dollar Medicaid subsidy for "certain states recovering from a major disaster" has to do with a health care bill?
Plenty, if you must have Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's support to make ObamaCare fly. Cloture on the motion to proceed requires 60 votes. Sen. Harry Reid needs her. From ABC News: (My emphasis)
"Here's a case study [on arm twisting]: On page 432 of the Senate bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for "certain states recovering from a major disaster.. ...that it would be states that 'during the preceding 7 fiscal years' have been declared a 'major disaster area.'
Other arms are being twisted too.
That's great! It not only will stall the progress but also make sure that the senators actually read the thing. You can too, the full bill is available here - and its word search-able.
Here are just a few items in the Reid version of ObamaCare:
- subsidizes abortion
- has a public option
- removes $500 Billion from Medicare (already about $40Trillion in debt and insolvent by 2017)
- increases Medicare payroll taxes
- includes a 40% excise tax on plans over $8,500 single and $23,000 family/year
- raises taxes by $276 Billion
Don't believe for a minute that Reid's ObamaCare bill will reduce the deficit. Sen. Judd Gregg calculates it as $2.5 Trillion over 10 years**.
How can it reduce the deficit with things like this? "It would also provide subsidies to households with less than $88,000 income to buy health insurance. " Well, at least I can get some financial aid for our health insurance! But seriously, why is the government helping families with incomes so far above the national average?
WHAT CAN WE DO? CALL 6 SENATORS
Mark Levin urged his listeners Thursday night to call 4 key Senators, 3 of which were noted in the article: "Moderate Democrats who have expressed their reservations with the broad strokes, including Landrieu, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, also met with Reid. " Levin added Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.
True, they aren't our Senators, but he made a good point akin to this: If the office aid tells you you can't lobby the senator because you are out of state, politely reply that this vote effects you. If the senator votes for it, you may support their opponent in the next election. In addition, why is it OK that Senator Reid is able to lobby them or President Obama, but you can't?
What do you have to lose by making 6 phone calls? Nothing. Plenty, if you don't do it.
Senator Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323
Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653
Call the other 4 key Senators:
*For clarification purposes, this sentence was changed a bit. The CNN link should shed some light on what to expect.
Links: Practically Speaking, Fairly Conservative, Betterbrookfield, RandyMelchert, Jay Weber, Vicki McKenna, The Right View Wisconsin, CNS News, Mark Levin, Breitbart BigGovernment, The Heritage Foundation