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


day 19…watch U.S. Senate debate HCR: on C-SPAN2

watch U.S. Senate: on C-SPAN2

Tuesday 12/22/09 Dems and Repubs battle it out … a lot of verbal sparring …will be going on ALL day

The Senate vote to limit debate on the substitute bill, written by Majority leader Senator Reid with added amendments, needing 60votes, was offered and approved by the Senate 60yeas – 39nays, invoking cloture; this advances the HCR bill, the next procedural votes will be on Wednesday and  Final vote Thursday?

UPDATEs  for Tuesday … are folks getting tired?

Senator Harry Reid’s comments about let’s get along by Rodney King… who btw ended being a real jerk and Roland burris? his version of the night before Xmas was strange, but he put positive thoughts out there for the Vote coming up !!!

Democrat Senator Parker Griffith, from Al has announced he will be switching to the Republican Political Party.

Republican Senator Ensign has raised a point of order that the HCR bill and the amendments are indeed in violation of the US constitution and gets a separate vote, thus taking a new path using a new tactic to slow HCR, this would only require a simple majority of 51 votes to prevail.

RNC chair Michael Steele continues what some have said to be outrageous comments about HCR and the substitute bill, that Dems are giving the bird to the American people,his political party continues to be obstructionists.

Senate leaders, Democrats and Republicans… are discussing if they can push the HCR vote up based on the bad weather yet to come by Xmas eve, the agreement would be for the Final Vote on HCR.

Howard Dean comments about the President are offensive, will it get the President to react? or is he acting out … again.

New info … The Senate will vote on a 2Month extension of the debt ceiling … Thursday?

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