I am so disappointed in the craven Blue Cross Dems that I could scream. In fact, I fired off a piece of my mind to them the other night (letter below), so they better consider themselves warned when I see them at Jackson Day. I can't wait to see and meet the Big Dog Bill Clinton, but Cooper, Gordon, Tanner and Davis, all are going to hear it from me, unless they act in the interest of the people, and not the insurance companies. If I were them, I would much rather stay in session all of August, then face the wrath of the Tennessee Democrats at Jackson Day. These little cowardly shills better get with the program and fully support the public option.
Here is the letter from the House Progressives
July 31, 2009
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Henry Waxman
U.S. House of Representatives House Committee on
Energy and Commerce
H-232, The Capitol 2125
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Charles Rangel The Honorable George Miller
House Committee on Ways and Means House Committee on
Education and Labor
1102 Longworth House Office Building 2181 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC
Dear Madame Speaker, Chairman Waxman, Chairman Rangel, and Chairman Miller:
We write to voice our opposition to the negotiated health care reform agreement under consideration in the Energy and Commerce Committee.
We regard the agreement reached by Chairman Waxman and several Blue Dog members of the Committee as fundamentally unacceptable. This agreement is not a step forward toward a good health care bill, but a large step backwards. Any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, for a public option with reimbursement rates based on Medicare rates - not negotiated rates - is unacceptable. It would ensure higher costs for the public plan, and would do nothing to achieve the goal of "keeping insurance companies honest," and their rates down.
To offset the increased costs incurred by adopting the provisions advocated by the Blue Dog members of the Committee, the agreement would reduce subsidies to low- and middle-income families, requiring them to pay a larger portion of their income for insurance premiums, and would impose an unfunded mandate on the states to pay for what were to have been Federal costs.
In short, this agreement will result in the public, both as insurance purchasers and as taxpayers, paying ever higher rates to insurance companies.
We simply cannot vote for such a proposal.
My letter. Feel free to send one yourself here is the address: BlueDog@mail.house.gov
Dear Blue Dogs:
My family and I need health care. We need the public option because we all have serious pre-existing conditions; and, since we need and will always need healthcare, we are uninsurable. It doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't seem fair. Does this make sense to you? You probably don't care. You all have good health care. You listen and are bought by the greedy insurance companies, but the insurance companies can't vote, constituents do that. Millions of Americans are like me, we need you to act for us.
I live in Tennessee. 4 of the 5 Democratic Congressional folks are blue dogs. We gave the TNDP $$$$$ earlier this year; therefore, we have free passes to see President Clinton at the Jackson Day event. But that also means we will be seeing you who sold us out (Cooper, Gordon, Davis, and Tanner) I don't think I can be in the same room as you. The stakes are too important for me, I doubt I will be able to contain my seething anger. Remember though, 2010, you blue dog Dems are going to be gerrymandered out of your office. I won't send a dime, lift a finger to write a note, or even help you one iota. Your "Waterloo' is 2010. Good luck with that. You are on your own.
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Perhaps, I should have been kinder and gentler with the Blue Dogs, naahh... I have done that countless times over the years. This isn't the first time I ever contacted them, especially Rep. Lincoln Davis. I have pleaded with them to stop FISA, stop the war, stop the Military Commissions Act, on and on...to no avail. We now have a Democratic President, House and Senate, it is time to stop being kind to these so-called Dems who sabotage popular and needed health care reform. They have government health care, so why not us? It is time to demand they act like Democrats.