Monday, December 21, 2009

More MoveON email

Kay, keep up the good work. I hope everyone calls Cooper and tells him not to compromise and tells him to stand firm. The Senate bill is a sell-out. It needs to be defeated. I called Cooper and expressed my view.

Cooper as you know is a leading Blue Dog. I hope the good progressives like MoveOn can get the most progressive candidate they can find to run against Cooper in the primary. He needs to be challenged by a true progressive. I think Cooper is a DINO (Democrat in Name Only).

We don't need no stinking compromise!

Defeat Cooper!

Power to the People!

Rod Williams

--- On Mon, 12/21/09, Kat Barr, Political Action wrote:

From: Kat Barr, Political Action
Subject: Fix the Senate Bill
To: "Rod "
Date: Monday, December 21, 2009, 12:58 PM

Can you call Rep. Cooper right now? Tell him that you're counting on him to fight for the real reform that the House passed—including the public option—when the Senate and House health care bills are merged.

Representative Jim Cooper
Phone: 202-225-4311

Report your call

Dear MoveOn member,
At one o'clock this morning, the Senate health care bill cleared its last big hurdle, putting it on track to pass on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the Senate bill was badly weakened by conservatives. It doesn't have a public option, doesn't do enough to make insurance affordable, and doesn't create real competition for insurance companies.

The House bill is much better. So as the two bills get merged, we need House Democrats to insist that the best pieces of the House bill are included.

Can you call Rep. Cooper right now and ask him to demand that the key elements of real reform—including a public option—are in the final bill before the House and Senate vote on it?

Representative Jim Cooper
Phone: 202-225-4311

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

The House health care bill included vital provisions that were dropped in the Senate. Unlike the Senate bill, it has a public option to keep insurance companies honest. It does more to make health insurance affordable for the lowest income Americans. And it pays for these reforms with a small surtax on the wealthiest Americans. (The Senate bill taxes many middle class families' insurance benefits instead.)
All these differences will be worked out between House and Senate leaders and the White House during the "conference" process.

We've already seen that progressives can exercise real leverage when they make it clear that their votes can't be taken for granted. Senator Bernie Sanders just won billions of dollars in extra support for community health clinics in the final hours of negotiation in the Senate. But House Democrats will be under intense pressure to give in to the demands of conservative senators who are threatening to hold the process hostage again.

So we need Democrats in the House to insist on real improvements before agreeing to vote for the final bill.

Can you call Rep. Cooper right now and tell him you want him to fight for the public option, for making insurance more affordable, and for other progressive priorities in conference?

Representative Jim Cooper
Phone: 202-225-4311

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

Thanks for all you do.

–Kat, Ilyse, Daniel, Lenore, and the rest of the team

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  1. While I can't claim yet to be disgruntled, I can say probably most of the Republicans left are RINOs.

    I am somewhat aghast at the idea so many have that they are powerless to do anything with their office because they are in the minority.

    They are the reason, if not just in part, that the Dems took control. If they were true to their base I don't believe any of this would have come to pass.

    Thanks Rod, great share!